Wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could eat cookies for breakfast? With this wonderful, healthy and wholesome recipe, you can eat cookies for breakfast. Full of ingredients like pumpkin, flaxseeds and oatmeal, you can feel good about popping one of these cookies in your mouth every morning.
Healthy Breakfast Choices
Enjoying a healthy breakfast is one of the best ways to start your day off on the right foot and these healthy breakfast cookies are here to help. Making a nutritious breakfast choice will nourish your body, give you energy to get through the morning and it will make you feel mentally good, knowing that you made a healthy choice. Using this recipe, you can guarantee that you begin your day in a beneficial way. And you get to eat cookies in the morning!
Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
You may be wondering how exactly a cookie could be considered healthy and, at the same time, qualify as a cookie. Well, healthy breakfast cookies are definitely real! One look at the ingredients and this will be answered!
- Banana– mashed bananas help make these cookies moist, act as a binder and offer great nutritional value. Bananas have lots of vitamin C, potassium and can help with digestion. Bananas can also give you energy which makes it a great food to eat in the morning.
- Pumpkin Puree– Pumpkin is loaded with antioxidants and can help reduce your risk of chronic disease. Pumpkin also has lots of vitamins, especially vitamin A. Pumpkin puree helps bind these healthy cookies and helps make them nice and filling.
- Oatmeal – Oatmeal is full of antioxidants as well and also contains a good deal of soluble fiber. Eating oatmeal on a daily basis has been proven to help lower your cholesterol levels and control your blood sugar. Oatmeal is the primary dry ingredient in these breakfast cookies and the oats add a nice chewy texture.
- Flaxseeds– Ground flaxseed acts as a thickener and binder when baked into cookies. Since this breakfast cookie recipe has flax, there is no need for egg which also means these cookies can easily be made vegan (just replace the honey with sugar or maple syrup!). Flaxseeds are also full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids. The little seeds are also rich in protein.
- Cranberries– Dried cranberries are nice and chewy while also adding a tasty, sweet surprise in the breakfast cookies. Cranberries are considered to be a superfood due to their high nutrient and antioxidant content. Be sure to choose unsweetened cranberries as they have the most nutritional benefits.
- Dark Chocolate Chips– While you may think of chocolate as a dessert, it is also quite healthy! Choose dark chocolate for this recipe and you will be adding an ingredient that has been shown to improve brain function, help lower blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease. Plus, they make these breakfast cookies truly taste like a cookie!
There are even more healthy ingredients packed into this breakfast cookie recipe like honey, coconut oil and shredded coconut. However, I am sure these primary ingredients have already sold you on how nutritious these cookies are! So, if you were wondering if cookies are good for breakfast, the answer is yes- as long as you use this recipe.
How to Make Healthy Breakfast Cookies
Making breakfast cookies is quite simple. This recipe is essentially the same as most cookie recipes.
- Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees
- Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to blend the wet ingredients well, mashing the banana completely.
- Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet ingredients and blend.
- Scoop the batter onto a lined sheet tray then bake for 15 minutes!
- Let the healthy breakfast cookies cool on the sheet tray before serving or wrapping
Not only does this recipe come together quickly, requiring little prep time, but it also makes 10 perfectly sized breakfast cookies that stay fresh for days. You can make a batch of cookies on the weekend, store them in airtight containers and grab one every morning.
If you are into meal prepping (making your meals for the whole week in advance), you can pop a breakfast cookie in your meal prep bag for a convenient breakfast every day.
Freezing Breakfast Cookies
These cookies also freeze quite well. Double the recipe and then wrap half of the cookies individually in plastic wrap and freeze. Take the cookies out whenever you need a quick breakfast.
You can place the frozen cookie on the counter and let it thaw at room temperature or you can place it in the microwave for about 15-30 seconds to defrost quickly. It is always nice to have a freezer full of healthy breakfast cookies!
Healthy Breakfast Cookie Variations
While you can definitely make changes to this recipe, you should always make sure that any alterations are healthy. Here are a few great ideas that I have tried and found to work quite well.
- Add about a tbsp or two of sunflower seeds to the recipe for an extra crunch
- Use hazelnut flour instead of almond flour for a new, nutty taste
- Try unsweetened, dried blueberries instead of cranberries (or any unsweetened dried fruit that you love)
- Skip the chocolate chips and use your favorite chopped nuts instead- walnuts, pecans and peanuts all work well
- Replace the pumpkin with 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter, almond butter or your favorite nut butter
- Replace the pumpkin with an equal amount of applesauce. Use a variety that already has cinnamon for extra spice
If you have any additions or changes to this recipe that you love, let us know! Share it below in the comments- we always like to see how you make our recipes even better.
- 1 banana, mashed
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- Combine the mashed banana, pumpkin, vanilla, coconut oil, and honey in a large bowl.
- In another bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients.
- Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture and stir until well combined.
- Spoon dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes until cookies are lightly browned.
- Allow to cool before serving.
Here are a few tips and tricks to make sure that your healthy breakfast cookies are fantastic and set your morning off to a great start.
- Make sure that your oats are gluten free and then this entire recipe is perfect for anyone following a gluten free diet.
- Always opt for rolled oats or quick oats when making these cookies (or almost any of our cookie recipes). Irish oats act very differently when baked in cookie recipes and will not give you the same delicious, healthy oats cookies that you are looking for.
- Healthy breakfast cookies are good for any time of year and a few tweeks can make them seasonally appropriate. Add a little more cinnamon and nutmeg in the fall, try using peppermint extract in the winter for a chocolate mint treat and add some lemon zest in the spring. Breakfast cookie can be enjoyed year round!
- These are great cookies to give to kids anytime of day. They can help your child enjoy a healthy breakfast without a fight (what kid can turn down a cookie?!) and you can feel good offering them at dessert time. The chocolate and natural sweetness is sure to win them over!