Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies

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Ok, now onto the cookies. No, you did not read the title wrong. ‘Cookie’ and ‘breakfast’ in the same title. Yup, these cookies are for breakfast my friends. Who doesn’t want a cookie for breakfast?! You’re probably thinking that these must be really sugary and fattening and would not make an acceptable breakfast, but don’t be fooled, these cookies are nutritious, and contain no butter or eggs or added sugar! And for all you lactose sensitive peeps, these cookies are also dairy free! Pack these cookies for a breakfast-on-the-go or as an afternoon snack. They will fill you up without all the guilt of a “regular” cookie! Not only will the kids love them, but they are adult friendly too. I like to take them in the car to eat when I don’t have time to eat breakfast at home.

Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 large banana (1/2 cup), mashed
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat peanut butter, creamy or chunky
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the banana, peanut butter, honey, applesauce, and the vanilla extract.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, oats, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture until well-combined. Stir in the raisins or dried cranberries.
  3. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper (or spray with non-stick spray) or a baking mat. Drop the dough onto the pan using a 1/4 cup measure. Leave approximately 3 inches in between each cookie. Wet a spatula and flatten down the mounds of dough so they are about 1/2 inch thick.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until browned.

If you want your cookies to be sweeter, add another 1/4 cup of honey to the recipe. Due to the low fat content in these cookies, they are best eaten within 3 days, however they can be frozen to keep them longer.

Adapted from Heart Healthy Living

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70 comments

  1. What a perfect way to start the day! I bought a huge bag of ripe bananas and maxed out on different banana muffin recipes, I’ll have to give these a try!

  2. Those look amazing! I’m up for any kind of cookie I can eat for breakfast! YUM!

  3. I have copied this recipe because I am sooooo making these today!! Woohooo!! These sound like a perfect breakfast/snack idea. I bought a bunch of oatmeal (another sale) and now I need to find ways to use it up. This is fantastic. Have a great weekend! ! Ramona

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  5. Cookies for breakfast? Sounds good to me!!

  6. Wow, these cookies look very moist. I love banana, so this recipe is a winner in my book.

  7. Stephanie, these breakfast cookies look irresistible! Love the simplicity of your recipe and I love having something sweet in the morning, so I’ll be trying these! Thanks for sharing.

  8. I want a cookie for breakfast! I do! I do! Especially if they are these cookies.

  9. Adore these! Perfect for breakfast (or lunch or dinner!)

  10. I am all for advocating cookies for breakfast.

  11. Cookies for breakfast?? Yes please! These sound great Steph!

  12. Would it so not be ok to eat this for breakfast if I used Cookie Butter instead of PB? LOL Love this idea, it would be great to pack in my gym bag. Need to try this!

  13. Yummy! Banana cookies that are socially acceptable to eat for breakfast? I’ll take 20!

  14. Cookies for breakfast! You know I’m all over this idea!!

  15. I’ve always loved breakfast cookies. An oat-banana cookie sounds like the perfect start to the morning!

  16. We could all use some healthy cookies in our diet and these look like just the ticket. With the applesauce in there I am sure I will not miss the butter. Well done-yum!

  17. If you insist I have cookies for breakfast, I will not say no – these look deliciously decadent :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  18. If I could I would totally marry this cookie!

  19. Uh, oh…I know tomorrow morning I’ll wake up in the mood for cookies ;) They look wonderful….and SO much more fun than pancakes!

  20. I love this! My kids wake up in the morning asking for cookies. I bet this would be a great compromise! I am totally doing this once my oven is fixed!

  21. What a wonderful blog! Lovely photos and so easy to read! These cookies look amazing!

  22. I love the idea of cookies for breakfast (and any other time of the day). Your photography is so beautiful! :)

  23. The cookies look fantastic! Breakfast and cookies…brilliant!

  24. I am sure these cookies would make for a very healthy and delicious breakfast. Lovely post

  25. Great thing about being adult is that no one tells me what I should be eating for breakfast. Even breakfast “cookies”. Well, now that I have two young kids, not sure how I can deal with them, but I can ALWAYS eat cookies for breakfast before they wake up! =) These look amazingly delicious!

  26. mmmmmmmmmmmmmm These look so yummy! I’ll be trying them soon!

  27. A cookie for breakfast? Yes please. Not only will it be delicious but super quick and convenient to grab on the way at the door. Also wanted to let you know I nominated you for an award over at my blog.

  28. Mmmm, cookies for breakfast! And I love anything baked with banana, so this sounds pretty fabulous to me :)

  29. Cookies for breakfast…my favourite! Great pictures, too!

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  31. I am all about cookies for breakfast…especially with the thought of Monday morning approaching! Wishing you a great week :)

  32. Yum, these sound really healthy & satisfying!
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.com/

  33. These look delicious!! I am guilty of eating regular old fattening cookies for breakfast more often than I’d like to admit. So, these would be a great healthy substitute for that naughty habit of mine. Great recipe!!

  34. These sound delicious! I love that they don’t have eggs in them and are packed full of nutritious things!

  35. I am in love with this recipe!!! What a great recipe to enjoy when traveling too:-) Beautiful! Hugs, Terra

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  37. Made thee this morning! Didn’t have applesauce so I used apple butter that I made last fall. And I am gluten free so I used Pamela’s GF baking mix in place of the flour. Also added some pumpkin seeds and chopped walnuts. Yum!

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