Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Before we left for Monterey on Saturday morning, I had to bake some cookies. Usually eating a bunch of cookies the day before a marathon probably isn’t the best course of action, but that’s kind of what ended up happening.

They were pretty nice to have when we ended up being a little late to our dinner reservation because our previously booked hotel moved us elsewhere, then sent us to the wrong hotel (all the way across town).

They were also quite delightful at 2:45 AM on Sunday morning…pre-race fueling at its finest. But they’re full of oats and bananas, so that definitely means they’re not the worst thing one could eat before running 26.2 miles. They’re light and fluffy and taste just like banana bread!

Speaking of 26.2 miles, I just signed up for my eighth marathon:

The day after Big Sur, my good friend Alyssa reminded me that it’s pretty much a scientific fact that a marathon on that course is about 20 minutes slower on any other course. Meaning I could possibly run 3:29 (which would be a 3 minute PR). December 2, I plan to do just that in Sacremento! I have run CIM once before, in 2007, and dropped my PR from 4:14 to 3:47, so I know it’s a great PR course.

The next few months I’m going to focus on building a really good base, hopefully running some fast shorter races, and staying injury free so I can train harder than I’ve ever trained before for this race.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies


  • 1 1/2 sticks butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and banana and mix until incorporated.
  3. Stir the oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, salt, and baking soda together in a medium bowl and add to the butter mixture. Mix on low speed just until combined.
  4. Drop large spoonfuls of dough about 2" apart on a cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes or until just set in the middle.

(adapted from Allrecipes

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4 comments to Banana Oatmeal Cookies

  • Ketty

    Yay for the 8th marathon :) Do you mind sharing your training plan? I am also running a marathon in October and would love to hear about your plan. Look forward to reading about your training.

  • Cate

    I will most likely use a 12-week program from Pete Pfitzinger’s book Advanced Marathoning. When I trained for the San Francisco Marathon a couple years ago I used the one that had a peak week of 55 miles and I had a really great race. I’m tempted to try the one that peaks at 70 miles if I can build a strong base and stay injury free over the summer.

    I HIGHLY recommend that book!

  • I haven’t baked in AGES!

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