A pile of food sitting on top of a wooden table
November 13, 2023
A pile of food sitting on top of a wooden table

Brain Healthy Ingredients: Bananas, Dark chocolate, Flaxseed, Oats

Serves: 25 cookies

What makes these cookies good for the brain? They benefit from a combination of brain foods: chocolate, banana, flax, and walnuts. The more brain-healthy ingredients, the better!

For soft, sweet cookies, make sure the bananas are really ripe. The ripeness adds a natural sweetness and gives them a smooth, chewy texture.


  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup soy milk (can substitute regular milk)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well until batter is blended evenly.
  • Use a tablespoon to portion cookies on a greased baking sheet, approximately 1-2 inches apart.
  • Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes.
  • Remove cookies from baking sheet and allow to cool on wire rack.