Oatmeal Banana Pumpkin Cookies (vegan!)

Good afternoon!

I can’t believe I’m already off to San Francisco for the Foodbuzz Festival tomorrow! I’m so excited to see all my blog friends (I’m rooming with my girls Jenna and Tina — and also spending a night with Stepfanie from DailySpark, the website I’ve been contributing guest posts to for awhile!) and to meet some new ones! The weekend sounds like it will be filled with great food and interesting blog-related sessions (photography/video how-tos, foodie cooking sessions, being successful with your blog, etc.). The festival ends Sunday morning, but I’ll be staying until Monday and spending some time playing in wine country! I can’t wait — last time I was out there was when I visited Jenna over New Years :)


On Friday night, there’s a festival welcome cocktail party, and we’re supposed to bring a gift under $20 for a foodie gift exchange. I decided on a combination of homemade and store bought. :)

For my store bought item — I decided it had to be something UNC related! BLUE Hot Chocolate, anyone?!



And for my homemade — cookies! :)


Oatmeal Banana Pumpkin Cookies, to be exact! These are a more seasonal variation of my Oatmeal Banana Coconut Cookies. I figured since a lot of people don’t like coconut, I should stay away from that — and I decided to make them vegan just in case, too! I’m hoping everyone likes pumpkin :) Yum!


They came out really tasty — I hope whoever gets them loves them, too! :)


Oatmeal Banana Pumpkin Cookies (vegan!)

Makes 12 small cookies



  • 1/2 C oats
  • 1/2 C whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 Tbsp. finely ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt


  • 1 large very ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/4 C pumpkin
  • 1/8 C pure maple syrup
  • 1/6 C dried cranberries (or raisins or chocolate chips)
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix wet ingredients, and then slowly add wet to dry, stirring gently until mostly uniform (there will probably still be some banana chunks, it’s fine!).

Spoon batter onto a cooking-sprayed or nonstick cookie sheet. This recipe makes about 12 small cookies. Bake about 14 minutes until lightly browned.


Deeeeeeelish :)


Time to get back down to business — must get everything school-related (and house-related) in order before leaving tomorrow! I have a few of my classmates coming over shortly to work on biostats homework, and then I have to pack, etc., etc.

But first — any of you guys looking for some cool new music? (Tip: It’s great for running!) My friend Ben (who helped me set up my blog on its own host/domain last November) is an AWESOME musician and just released a new album, and it’s on iTunes! How cool is that? If you have a second, I’d love if you’d check out his music and show him some love. Here’s his Facebook page, and below check out the cool music video he made (featuring his cute girlfriend) for one of the new songs.


I know. I have no idea how anyone makes videos that cool on their own.

Have a good one :)


  1. 1

    Cute video and I enjoyed that song. :) Those cookies look really good too. Can’t wait to hear about your adventures in San Fran

  2. 2

    1) great song, super cute video!

    2) I was just thinking about a pumpkin banana combo cookie the other day! Thanks for saving me having to figure out a recipe on my own. :)

    3) I really need to save up and go to FoodBuzz next year. Supah jealous!

  3. 3

    Those cookies look awesome! Whoever gets them is going to be really excited! Have a great time at FoodBuzz :)


  4. 4

    Hi Anne! I just started reading your blog recently and really enjoy it. I wanted to say hi because {on a whim…..turned 30, relationship ended, never been to San Fran, etc.} I bought a ticket for the Foodbuzz festival. I still have to think of my food item, but your cookies and hot chocolate look great. Hope to see you out there!

  5. 6

    I have a fannetastic time at foodbuzz!!!!

  6. 7

    I’m so excited for this weekend! I’m also bringing a combo of homemade and store-bought.
    See you tomorrow night!

  7. 8

    These cookies sound incredible! I wish I could come to Foodbuzz!

  8. 9

    OMG those look great :)

    Have so much fun at Foodbuzz!

  9. 10

    I was experimenting with pumpkin banana bread the other day, but these cookies just look so much better. I will be trying this recipe very soon. Have fun this weekend!

  10. 11

    Aw I’m so jealous of your upcoming adventures. Maybe next time I can make it. Have such a great time and have a safe trip! Can’t wait to hear about it :)

  11. 12

    Your gifts look awesome! Can’t wait to meet you at the festival. :)

  12. 13

    oooh have fun on your travels ! And those cookies look delish!

  13. 14

    Those cookies look so yummy! And I love the short ingredient list.

  14. 15

    I hope I get your cookies! I think I made the original ones once. So excited to meet blog friends in real life. Those cookies are special to come from like 4000 miles away! I am bringing locally produced coffee beans.

  15. 16

    I made the coconut ones tonight, and they are AWESOME! I added some raw cacao bits and a handful of trailmix with pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds — nice and chewy cookies!

  16. 17

    These sound awesome, though I’d probably sub chocolate chips for cranberries since I’m not a huge fan of them. Safe travels!

  17. 18

    What a great gift. Have a wonderful time – Be safe

  18. 19

    Are you having any meetups out there!? Please do!

  19. 21

    Those cookies look delicious! I will be trying that recipe!

  20. 22

    Awesome video. Ben is good! And those cookies — and the upcoming weekend — look good, too! Well done –

  21. 23

    Hi. Hope to meet you at FoodBuzz, don’t get in til Fri. late afternoon. Like your blog, I”m from NC originally, but in CA for 20 years now. Loved the song AND video – very cool. I sent it around, too. Hope to get that Tarheels gift! :D

  22. 25

    I am a UNC alum living in NYC now- WHERE did you get that hot chocolate?? I want! :)

  23. 27

    What a cute gift idea! Cookies are always win, can’t go wrong ;)

    Have fun in SanFran! Wish I was joining you gals!

  24. 28

    These cookies look delicious and I love that they have no sugar in them since I’m allergic to refined sugar. I can’t wait to make them! Thanks!

  25. 29

    I have been making vegan cookies like crazy lately. I think i prefer them to regular!

  26. 30

    Lew and I just made our fist stop on the way to the foodbuzz festival. We dropped our twins off at the grandparents and are now on the way to Nashville fly out in the morning. We look forward to meeting you in San Fransisco.

  27. 31

    I am SO JEALOUS that you are going to Foodbuzz. Was ALMOST able to make it and then- not so much.

  28. 32

    I love your tweets – I wish I knew how. I am going to get one of my savvy nieces to show me how. I hate to fly, it is a big ordeal, emotionally, for me, when I have to fly. I do it when my husband ask me to go with him when he is traveling, but I refuse to sit by the window and on the wing. His hand has nail marks on them when we reach our destination. I think it is great that you like it so much. Have a great time and keep us informed with some of your wonderful pictures. You are so photogenic.

  29. 33

    Have a blast in CA! Im bummed that Im not there but at least I can live through everyone elses posts!

  30. 34

    I think I must try the cookies…its time to bring some good stuff into the office. Have a great time at your Foodbuzz- can’t wait to see pictures on exactly what that really means and entails.

  31. 35

    Woow those cookies look awesome!

  32. 36

    This cookie is great!!!

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