Meet your new favorite cookie! These lightly spiced ONE-BOWL gluten-free banana cookies have the most amazing buttery texture and golden edges. Plus they’re so easy to make!

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I love banana bread. I love chocolate chip cookies. So it only made sense to combine them into one amazing creation — these gluten-free banana cookies!

These soft cookies are lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. They have a classic banana flavor but also taste a lot like my favorite brown butter gluten-free chocolate chip cookies.

Plus, they come together in minutes and only require one bowl. What’s not to love?

Next time you’re in the mood for banana bread, try these cookies instead!

Why I Love This Recipe

  • One-bowl recipe – This fast and easy recipe won’t dirty up a bunch of dishes. Whip it up in minutes with one bowl!
  • Delicious banana flavor – If you love gluten-free banana bread, these cookies are a fun twist on the classic snack. I’m sure they’ll become one of your new favorite banana recipes!
  • Simple ingredients – These gluten-free banana chocolate chip cookies call for pantry staple ingredients, so you can whip them up anytime you want to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Here are a few notes on the key ingredients for these gluten-free banana cookies.

ingredients for gluten-free banana cookies on a countertop
  • Overripe banana: You’ll want to measure the amount of banana for these cookies. Measure out 1/4 cup of ripe banana for the perfect consistency!
  • Gluten-free flour: Use a high-quality gluten-free flour blend with xanthan gum for this great recipe. It makes all the difference! I tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure gluten-free flour blend.
  • Butter: I like to use salted butter for these gluten free banana bread cookies, since it has more depth of flavor than unsalted butter.
  • Cinnamon + nutmeg: A little bit of spice is just so nice in these cookies! It makes brings out the banana flavor and makes them taste like banana bread!

How to Make Gluten-Free Banana Cookies

mashed banana in a bowl and wet ingredients for gluten-free banana cookies mixed into the bowl

Combine wet ingredients. In a large bowl, mash the banana. (Measure to be sure it’s about ¼ cup.) Add the melted butter and brown sugar and whisk until evenly combined. Whisk in the egg yolk and vanilla. 

dry ingredients for gluten-free banana cookies mixed into the bowl, and chocolate chips mixed into the bowl

Add dry ingredients. Add the gluten-free flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and mix with a rubber spatula until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Let the dough sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes while the oven preheats. (This allows the gluten-free flour to hydrate.)

dough scooped on a baking sheet, and baked gluten-free banana cookies

Scoop and bake cookie dough. Use a cookie scoop to make 2-tablespoon sized balls of dough. Place them a few inches apart onto the prepared baking sheet. (I bake 6 cookies at a time.) Bake for 11-13 minutes until set and golden brown. Let cool on a wire cooling rack.

Tip: Let gluten-free banana cookies cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely. They will continue baking a bit and will firm up over these five minutes!

Storage Instructions

Store gluten-free banana cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days.

Recipe Tips

  • Rest the dough. Let the dough sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes while the oven preheats. (This allows the gluten-free flour to hydrate.)
  • Measure the amount of banana. You only need 1/4 cup banana for this recipe! Don’t be tempted to use more or it could make the cookies spread too much.
  • Use a high-quality gluten-free flour blend. The best gluten-free flour blends include xanthan gum, which will help achieve a texture similar to cookies made with regular flour (all purpose flour). It makes all the difference! I like King Arthur Measure for Measure gluten-free flour blend or Bob’s Red Mill gluten free flour blend.
  • Top with flaky salt! Top these cookies with some flaky salt and press a few more chocolate chips on top after baking for a professional look. The salt really makes them!
gluten-free banana cookies on a wire cooling rack with a bite taken out of one cookie
a close-up photo of gluten-free banana cookies
5 from 15 votes

Easy, Gluten-Free Banana Cookies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 18 cookies
Meet your new favorite cookie! These lightly spiced ONE-BOWL gluten-free banana cookies have the most amazing buttery texture and golden edges. Plus they're so easy to make!

Ingredients

  • 1/3-1/2 small (55g) overripe banana, about ¼ cup
  • 1/2 cup (113g) butter, melted
  • 1 cup (210g) brown sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups (185g) gluten-free measure-for-measure baking flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup (113g) chocolate chips

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, mash the banana. (Measure to be sure it’s about ¼ cup.)
  • Add the melted butter and brown sugar and whisk until evenly combined.
  • Whisk in the egg yolk and vanilla.
  • Add the gluten-free flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and mix with a rubber spatula until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Let the dough sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes while the oven preheats. (This allows the gluten-free flour to hydrate.)
  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Scoop 2-tablespoon sized balls of dough a few inches apart onto the prepared baking sheet. (I bake 6 cookies at a time.)
  • Bake for 11-13 minutes until set and golden brown.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling. Top with flaky salt if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

Recipe Tips

  • Rest the dough. Let the dough sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes while the oven preheats. (This allows the gluten-free flour to hydrate.)
  • Measure the amount of banana. You only need 1/4 cup banana for this recipe! Don’t be tempted to use more or it could make the cookies spread too much.
  • Use a high-quality gluten-free flour blend. The best gluten-free flour blends include xanthan gum, which will help achieve a texture similar to cookies made with regular flour (all purpose flour). It makes all the difference! I like King Arthur Measure for Measure gluten-free flour blend or Bob’s Red Mill gluten free flour blend.
  • Top with flaky salt! Top these cookies with some flaky salt and press a few more chocolate chips on top after baking for a professional look. The salt really makes them!

Nutrition

Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 174IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Sooooooo yummy! Tastes like banana bread and a chocolate chip cookie had a baby. We ate them up so fast. Even my gluten loving husband called them a winner.

  2. 5 stars
    Not overly sweet, perfect amount of banana flavor, the recipe is easy and very quick to make. When scooping the dough onto the baking sheet, it’s very important for them to be balls and not be squished down. They spread a lot while baking.

    1. Yes they freeze great! You can also freeze the unbaked dough balls and bake them straight from the freezer.

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