Breakfast Cookies

By Maria Lichty

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Breakfast Cookies- you only need one bowl to make these healthy breakfast cookies. They are gluten-free, naturally sweetened, and made without butter or oil, but SO delicious. The perfect grab and go breakfast or anytime snack.

breakfast cookies with banana, oats, chocolate chips, and raisins on a baking sheet

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Breakfast Cookies, too good to be true? Nope, we are really eating cookies for breakfast! And these breakfast cookies are kid tested and mother approved.

These cookies are totally acceptable to eat for breakfast because they are made with healthy, wholesome ingredients. I mean, I would eat any of my cookies for breakfast, but these cookies really are the breakfast of champions.

The cookies are:

  • naturally gluten-free (oat flour and oats)
  • naturally sweetened (no refined sugars)
  • made without butter or oil
  • made with basic ingredients
  • made in ONE bowl

I am sure you are thinking there is no way these cookies taste good, BUT I am a cookie monster and I promise you these cookies are winners. I only make and eat delicious cookies and I LOVE these cookies. And they are kid approved too. My boys devour these cookies and ask for them all of the time.

So how are these cookies so delicious? They are perfectly sweet thanks to the ripe, mashed bananas and pure maple syrup. I use almond butter and an egg (can be made vegan) for protein and to bind all of the ingredients together. The oats make them super satisfying, kind of like a bowl of oatmeal but in cookie form:)

I like to stir in a small handful of chocolate chips because chocolate is good for the soul:) You can leave it out if you want to keep the cookies super duper healthy, but I say live a little, ha! And keep reading because these cookies are VERY flexible. I have lots of variations for you!

If you want to have a good day, start your morning with Breakfast Cookies. They are the BEST!

breakfast cookie ingredients in a bowl
  • Bananas– use ripe bananas, the browner the better, for ultimate sweetness. For this recipe, you will need 2 large bananas. Mash them up with a fork.
  • Almond butter– stir the almond butter really well before measuring. Use a brand that is creamy and drippy. If your almond butter is dry, your cookies will be dry and we don’t want that.
  • Maple syrup– make sure you use pure maple syrup, not pancake syrup:)
  • Egg– for protein and to bind everything together. You can use a flax egg if you need the cookies to be vegan.
  • Vanilla extract– a must for cookies!
  • Oat flour– You can buy oat flour, BUT it is so easy to make at home. Just put oats in a blender and blend for 20 seconds and you have oat flour. SO easy! If you need the cookies to be gluten-free, use gluten-free oats.
  • Cinnamon– cinnamon and oats are a match made in heaven.
  • Baking soda– to give the cookies a little lift in the oven.
  • Sea salt– I add sea salt to the cookie dough and I sprinkle a little on top of the finished cookies.
  • Oats– I stir in oats to make the cookies super hearty. Make sure you use old-fashioned oats and not quick oats.
  • Raisins– since these are breakfast cookies, I stir in raisins. Raisins and oatmeal go together, in my opinion, but if you aren’t a fan of raisins in your cookies, you can leave them out:)
  • Chocolate chips– optional, but I always add them:) If you need allergy friendly chocolate chips, I love this brand.
breakfast cookie cookie dough in a bowl with a wooden spoon

How to Make Breakfast Cookies

  • Preheat the oven and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas, almond butter, maple syrup, egg, and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth.
  • Add the oat flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Stir, but don’t over mix.
  • Stir in the old fashioned oats, dried fruit, and chocolate chips, if using.
  • I like to let the dough sit for about 5 to 10 minutes so the oats can soak into the mixture a little. This will help give the cookies a nice shape and the oats will soften a bit.
  • Scoop the dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 2 tablespoons per cookie. You can use a cookie scoop or spoon.
  • Bake the cookies until they’re set, but still slightly soft. Don’t over bake them.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and sprinkle with flaky sea salt, if desired. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
breakfast cookies on a baking sheet

Variations

This is an easy recipe to play around with. If you want to mix things up, here are some ideas.

  • Instead of almond butter you can use creamy peanut butter.
  • If you don’t need the cookies to be vegan, you can sweeten them with honey instead of pure maple syrup.
  • If you don’t like raisins in your cookies, I know that is a touchy subject, leave them out! You can add in dried cranberries, dried cherries, or even dried blueberries.
  • If you want to use fresh fruit, go with blueberries. Gently stir them in so they don’t turn the batter purple.
  • Stir in chopped walnuts, pecans, or almonds if you like nuts in your cookies.
  • Coconut is also a nice addition, regular or toasted.
  • Spice it up! Add a little nutmeg or cardamom.
breakfast cookie with oatmeal, chocolate chips, and raisins

Storing Tips

After the cookies have cooled completely, store them in an airtight container on the counter for up to 4 days.

These cookies also freeze well. I love having a stash in the freezer at all times. I love eating them right from the freezer. They might even be better frozen, so make sure you save some to put in the freezer, trust me! They will keep in a freezer container or bag for up to 3 months.

breakfast cookies on a baking sheet

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Breakfast Cookies

You only need one bowl to make these easy and healthy breakfast cookies. They are gluten-free, naturally sweetened, and made without butter or oil, but SO delicious. The perfect grab and go breakfast or anytime snack.
4.57 from 169 votes

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas, nut butter, maple syrup, egg, and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth.
  • Add the oat flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Stir until just combined. Stir in the oats, dried fruit, and chocolate chips, if using.
  • Let the dough sit for about 5 to 10 minutes so the oats can soak into the mixture a little.
  • Scoop the dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 2 tablespoons per cookie.
  • Bake the cookies for 10 to 14 minutes or until they’re set, but still soft.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and sprinkle with flaky sea salt, if desired. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Notes

Store the cookies in an airtight container on the counter for up to 4 days. Freeze in a freezer container for up to 3 months. 

Nutrition

Calories: 139kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 116mg, Potassium: 175mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 30IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 38mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    So Deanna, I follow WW and plugged in the ingredients and each cookie are 4 points, which is not bad for a really good and easy snack. I made these tonight and they were so yummy. And I am not really a banana lover but it really didn’t taste a lot like bananas so I was great with it. My hubby even tried the batter and said it was really good. So thank you Maria for all your amazing recipes..

  2. Hi. I love this recipe. I’m curious where the 1g of trans fat comes from as I try to avoid trans fats.
    Thank you

  3. 5 stars
    Absolutely love these “muffins” I used peanut butter powder which was runny so instead of cookies I ended up making 24 small muffins. I also doubled the chocolate chips (Dark Chocolate) DOH .. added 1/2 cup raisans and 1/2 cup coconut. Deeelicious.

  4. I love these cookies! My only question was, are they supposed to be more spongy? I used peanut butter, which made the dough thicker, but they were more muffin consistency. Overall, I loved these thanks for the recipe!

  5. Hi Maria! Do you think I would be able to add shredded zucchini/carrot? if so, would I have to change the measurements of any of the other ingredients?

  6. 4 stars
    Followed the recipe, but dough is very sticky. How will it effect the dough if I add about another 1/2 cup? Otherwise, love the taste.

    1. It is a moist dough because of the bananas. You can add more oats or oat flour but they will be thicker and not flatten out as much.

  7. Goodmorning,

    Could I double the recipe and put in a 9 x 13 pan.

    These breakfast cookies are so good and great when you are in a hurry in the morning.

    Thank you,

    Linda

  8. 4 stars
    Very good. Just what I was looking for to have with my morning coffee. I thought I was out of cranberries, so I cut up a few dates. Then I found the cranberries, so they went in with the last of my sesame seeds. I only had enough for 12 cookies but I think I made them a little bigger than you suggested. Thank you!

  9. 5 stars
    These breakfast cookies are incredible! I love not having the artificial sugars and being gluten free! They’re quick and easy to eat on my way to work

    I subbed almond flour because I had it on hand and used freeze dried fruit because I like the texture better.

  10. 5 stars
    These cookies are delicious and perfect for my teen’s morning breakfast. However after baking I stored them in a Tupperware container and this morning they are soft and no longer cookie like. Any idea what I did wrong? Thank you for a great recipe!

  11. 5 stars
    I’ve made breakfast cookies before but this one by far has the best texture. Bananas can give a weird texture sometimes but these were great! I used peanut butter and was a little heavy handed on the chocolate chips ;). Delicious !

  12. 5 stars
    I just made these today and they are so delicious! I also added chopped toasted walnuts. They didn’t spread at all which is fine with me. I may have added a bit more baking soda. My batch made 30 cookies and were done in 9 minutes.

    1. The ingredient list says 1 cup oat flour. You can make oat flour by blending oats in a blender or food processor.

  13. 5 stars
    These are FABULOUS! I made them with my 2.5 year old, letting him mix up all the ingredients and he had a blast AND made him love them even more when they were done! I swapped almond flour for oat flour and cooked for 16 minutes but they came out perfect. Saving this recipe as a breastfeeding cookie for when baby sister comes 🙂 Thank you for this!!!

  14. 4 stars
    Really good and easy to make. I blended the mashed bananas to avoid lumps and the cookies turned out delicious!! Added cranberries, chocolate chips, pumpkin seeds and desiccated coconut. Thanks for the recipe!

  15. 4 stars
    Delicious but mine turned like a dark green on top once baked? Is that just the bananas? Otherwise they were very yummy

  16. 5 stars
    I love that this recipe is healthy & GF. I used GF baking flour & GF oats. I substituted chocolate covered craisins & they were delicious!!

  17. 5 stars
    These were a hit with the guys in my office. A nice treat after all the Christmas cookies that needed to go away! Easy recipe with pantry basics and those over ripe bananas that needed to be used !

  18. 5 stars
    Hi Maria, A perfect & satisfying cookie for someone who is always in search of a delicious cookie without refined sugar. Thank you for sharing! I followed exact but for some reason they did not flatten much. But still a keeper in my file:)

    1. Glad you loved them. You can try adding a little less oats next time if they were too puffy for your taste.

  19. I’ve not made any, but am wondering if you have any breakfast cookie recipes that are not gluten free. I understand that many have a need for gluten free, but many do not & gluten is healthy for them. I literally cannot find any healthy breakfast cookies that have gluten. Thank you

  20. 5 stars
    The on-the-go adults in our family love these! I used regular all-purpose flour and substituted dried cherries. I froze the cookies, then bring them out as needed. My husband loves them with his morning coffee. My son-in-law takes them on the road for snacks. I enjoy them mid-afternoon when I am looking for something light and sweet but filling and nutritious. Thanks so much for this recipe!

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