Banana Bread Bear Paws


I have a healthy cookie for you today!  Basically it’s banana bread in the form of a super soft, almost cake-like cookie.  And shaped like a bear paw.  Cause why not.

And because my kids incessantly ask for those things every. single. time. we see them at the store.  And I get sick of saying no.  So I made them some bear paws.


Banana Bread Bear Paws - Super soft banana bread bear paws that are whole grain and much healthier than the store-bought ones.  Plus, the kids love 'em!


It’s not like I never buy snacks at the store.  Let’s be honest, it’s awfully convenient and easy, and some of that stuff is just plain tasty.  But cookies?  I hate to buy cookies.  I make so many of them anyways, and I LIKE doing it, so why buy them?  And they’re rarely better than homemade anyways.  Except oreos.  I will always make an exception for oreos.  Some things just can’t be duplicated exactly.  It’s true.  I’ve tried.  Homemade oreos are good, but they’re not the same.

Anyways – bear paws.  Now I’ll be honest, I’ve never actually had a bear paw cookie.  Cake-like cookies just aren’t my thing.  But the kiddos like them, and have had them, and they told me these were pretty close.  In fact, when I made them a second time so I could get some pictures, my 7 year old ran over and hugged me he was so happy.  Either that means they’re amazing, or I don’t make things more than once often enough.  I’m going with the former!


Banana Bread Bear Paws - Super soft banana bread bear paws that are whole grain and much healthier than the store-bought ones.  Plus, the kids love 'em!


At any rate, I think I can say that these are close to the banana bread bear paws you get at the store.  They’re soft, cakey, banana bread cookies, that are definitely healthier than the store-bought ones.  Now they’re still cookies, so there is butter and sugar in them, but there’s a whole lot less than a regular cookie has, so I’m calling these healthy!  And there’s whole wheat flour and oatmeal too, so they’re whole grain.  Definitely healthy!


Banana Bread Bear Paws - Super soft banana bread bear paws that are whole grain and much healthier than the store-bought ones.  Plus, the kids love 'em!


They are quite large, I used a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop to make giant bear paws, and then scooped about half a tablespoon of dough to make mini bear paws.  You could certainly play with the amounts of dough used to make them the size you would like, just watch the baking time then.  We added a few chocolate chips, cause everything is better with chocolate, but you could certainly leave them out if you want them to be healthier.

These were a great snack for the kids, and the perfect addition to their lunch boxes.  And, even though my “bear paw” shaping wasn’t amazing, they were just happy that they got the banana bread bear paws they’d been wanting for so long!  I’m going to have to work on the other flavours now!


Banana Bread Bear Paws - Super soft banana bread bear paws that are whole grain and much healthier than the store-bought ones.  Plus, the kids love 'em!


I also shared this banana bread bear paws recipe over on Food Fanatic, so make sure to check it out over there!



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  1. Emilie says

    Thanks for the recipe it’s a perfect pairing to the original melasses version I already make regularly. I took a picture for you but can’t seem to post it.

    • stacey says

      Glad you liked the recipe Emilie! I don’t think you can post photos in the comment section, but if you want to post it on Facebook or Instagram, just tag me and I’ll see it that way! Also – molasses version?! I might need you to email me that recipe! :)

  2. Christine P says

    Thanks for this recipe!
    I have made them several times now, individually wrap, and freeze them for school lunches.
    I have 2 helpful tips:
    I’ve found after freezing them they get really dry, so I add and extra 1/2-1 bananas. The kids didn’t complain though.
    And I use kitchen shears to snip three cuts for the toes/claws and separate them a little before baking. They come out looking awesome.
    My kids, too, beg me for the store bought ones every. single. time. Frankly, they taste super gross so I’m super happy to have found this! Thanks again :)

    • stacey says

      Thanks so much Christine! So glad you love the recipe! Thanks for those tips – I’ve only given them to the kids after freezing and they never said they tasted different so good to know that an extra 1/2 banana keeps them from drying out in the freezer. And the kitchen shears idea is brilliant – totally doing that next time! :)

  3. Dora says

    Thank you so much for this receipe. My kids LOVE Bear Paws, but I have refused to buy them for the past year because they contain palm oil and we no longer eat/buy anything with palm oil in it. I am looking forward to making these and telling them that these are our “new” bear paws!

    • stacey says

      Thanks Dora! I really hope your kids like them – my kids love them, I need to make them again. And come up with a couple other flavours, because I really don’t like buying them but they like them SO much! Let me know how they turn out!

  4. says

    It must be a Canada thing. We have bear claws in the US, but those are more pastries.
    These are so cute! And I agree about homemade cookies. Why buy? Unless Oreos. Oreos forever. 😉

    • stacey says

      Yes! I will always and forever buy Oreos, that I have no issue with. I’ve tried the homemade version, they’re good, but they’re definitely not the same! And we have bear claws too, but yeah it’s a pastry thing. Bear paws are cookies and I had no idea it was Canadian – I guess that’s why I couldn’t find a homemade version out there!

    • stacey says

      Really? I thought every kid loved those things – maybe it’s a Canadian cookie? I don’t know. They would love them though! :) Thanks Cyndi!

    • stacey says

      You wouldn’t have to bother with the shaping part then! But that’s part of the appeal to the kids so I did it. They’re ridiculously popular cookies marketed to kids (obviously!) that are really soft and cakey, with a bunch of flavours. I don’t know if it’s the shape or how soft they are, but my kids go nuts for them. Or maybe it’s because I’ve never bought them so they only get them when someone brings them as a snack somewhere – always love stuff you never get and all that! :) Thanks Jen!


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