The simplest way to look after our planet is to reduce waste. An easy place to start in many households is reducing food that goes into the kitchen bin. So we thought we would start to share a few simple recipes that make the most of food that is past its best, but perfect for upcycling into something else!

In our household we love bananas and the fruit bowl is very rarely without them, but on the odd occasion they get to the stage they are brown and spotty, I struggle to eat them. I don’t know whether it’s the flavour or softer texture, but over-ripe bananas are just not for me. However there are loads of ways to use this nutritious food before throwing them into the food waste caddy.

This recipe is as simple as it sounds. Two ingredients oats and bananas, made into cookies. A super tasty snack that is low in sugar, so it’s great for children and adults alike. They can be eaten warm from the oven, last a few days in the cookie jar, or popped into the freezer for another day. They don’t need fancy ingredients and if you get your oats from a zero waste or refill store then there is no plastic packaging involved either.


  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 2 cups (ish) oats
  • Yup that is it!
  • Optional: chocolate chips, honey, maple syrup banana chips, or raisins


  • Squish your peeled bananas with a fork until they become a mashed up paste.
  • Add in your oats and mix well.
  • The mix should be firm enough that you can squish into a ball. If it is quite wet just add a few more oats.
  • Once mixed well leave to sit for 15 minutes or so to allow the oats to soak up some of the yummy banana flavour.
  • If you want to add in some extra sweetness add a spoonful of honey or maple syrup, or some chocolate chips or raisins for different textures.
  • Shape the mix into balls in your hands and pop onto a lightly greased tray (or use a silicone reusable baking sheet if you have one) squish slightly into cookie shapes. They keep their shape and won’t flatten like normal cookie dough does when cooking.
  • Pop into the oven at 180*C for 15-20 minutes. They should just be turning golden on the edges. Better under done than over!

We love finding new ways to eat healthier and reduce food waste. If you have tried and tested recipes please share them with us on here or on our social pages 😊

Caroline Talbot
Author: Caroline Talbot