January 28, 2021

by Alyssa

Chunky Monkey Vegan Breakfast Cookies

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These vegan breakfast cookies taste like dessert, but are healthy enough for breakfast! Flavored with banana, peanut butter, oats, quinoa & chocolate!

We're big fans of breakfast cookies around here, aren't we? There have been a lot of different flavors so far including Zucchini Bread Quinoa Breakfast Cookies, Carrot Cake Quinoa Breakfast Cookies and even Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Breakfast Cookies – and honestly, I think these new ones might be my favorite.

chunky monkey vegan breakfast recipes

If you haven't tried quinoa breakfast cookies before, you might wonder, “are these actually suitable for breakfast?”

Yes, my friend, they are.

These cookies are gluten-free, vegan (which means no dairy, eggs, or honey), oil-free, and naturally sweetened. The base is banana, flaxseed meal, peanut butter, and a little bit of maple syrup. Then we mix in oats, quinoa flakes, chia seeds, some spices, and then our add-ins.

So basically…it's like we're eating a bowl of oatmeal but in cookie form.

how to make vegan breakfast cookies

How to Make Vegan Breakfast Cookies

Similar to other cookies, you basically just mix them all together, pop them onto your baking sheet, and baking them up. They're soft and gooey, but the star of the show with these cookies is the ingredient list.

The goodies inside these gluten free breakfast cookies are just too hard to resist!

  1. Chocolate. I mean let's be honest…chocolate just makes everything better. And when you have an excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast, you know it's going to be a good day!
  2. Peanut butter + banana which if you know me, is pretty much my absolute favorite combo ever! These peanut butter banana cookies are pure deliciousness.
  3. Chopped dates which again…obsessed. These add a really nice caramel flavor and are part of the reason why I called them chunky monkey cookies!
  4. Oats + quinoa flakes. Unlike using just oats, the quinoa flakes add more protein which makes each cookie just a teeny bit more filling.

And fifth, well….they're cookies. for breakfast. I just can't even.

baking Chunky monkey chocolate chip cookies recipe

Flax Eggs for Vegan Baking

In order to make these quinoa breakfast cookies vegan, one of the key components is the flax egg. If you're not sure what a flax egg is, we have a post that shows you how to make a flax egg at home. It's super easy!

Flax eggs are basically just a vegan egg replacer. They act similarly to eggs in that they help bind the ingredients together and keep them from falling apart.

If you're not vegan, or don't really care about making these breakfast cookies vegan, you can simply swap the flax egg with a regular egg!

vegan breakfast cookies with peanut butter and banana

Storage Suggestions

Since you're probably going to want to keep these for a few days, let's quickly talk about the best ways to store them:

  • Counter: you can keep these at room temperature for 2 – 3 days in a sealed container
  • Refrigerator: store these in the fridge for up to one week and reheat them in the microwave to make them gooey again
  • Freezer: if you want to make a double batch/eat them more slowly, you can freeze them for 3 – 6 months. Again, pop them in the microwave to thaw them and get them nice and warm!

But I have a feeling these soft, gooey, chocolatey, sweet, healthy AND vegan breakfast cookies aren't going to be around that long!

stack of vegan breakfast cookies in chunky monkey flavor

More Vegan Breakfast Cookie Recipes

Chunky Monkey Vegan Breakfast Cookies

These vegan breakfast cookies taste like dessert, but are healthy enough for breakfast! Flavored with banana, peanut butter, oats, quinoa & chocolate!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 16 Cookies
Calories 126kcal
Author Alyssa
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3.96 from 145 votes



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Whisk together the flaxseed meal and water, and set aside.
  • Beat together peanut butter, syrup, banana and vanilla in a large bowl. Add flax egg and mix to combine.
  • Pour in oats, quinoa flakes, baking powder, spices and salt to the bowl and stir together. Fold in chocolate chips, walnuts, dates and chia seeds.
  • Drop 2 tablespoons of dough onto the baking sheet and repeat until no dough remains.
  • Bake cookies on center rack for 15 - 18 minutes until edges are golden brown. Remove and let cool on the pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
  • Enjoy at room temp or slightly reheated in a microwave.



Serving: 2g | Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 0.6mg


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  1. I was wondering if there could be a replacement for the peanut butter. My husband has severe digestive problems and there is not any nut or seed butters that we have found that he tolerates so far so if there is a replacement for that I would appreciate knowing…thanks

    • Hmm, you could try just using quinoa flakes, but that might be a little intense. Maybe coconut flakes?

  2. I love these cookies! I have been trying to find creative ways to use my bananas and what better way to make cookies!
    I was instantly drawn to these, made a batch and cookies been gone instantly.
    My family is in love with these cookies and immediately asked me to make more! I even brought them to work and they love them too, requesting for more.
    Thank you for this awesome recipe 🙂 I can’t wait to try more of your creations of deliciousness.

  3. WoW these are sooo delicious!! 😋I’m in awe at all the wonderful flavors going on!!! This is my favorite cookie recipe I’ve tried of yours, they’re not even gone and I already want to make more so I dont run out! Thank you for sharing 💓💓💓

  4. These cookies are amazing! I made these and had to hide them from my husband because he wouldn’t stop eating them. Lol. I’m definitely going to try your other recipes. Thank you for making such healthy and delicious recipes xxx

  5. Hi. Those cookies are awesome. I’m eating them now. Crispy outside and perfect texture inside. I didn’t have quinoa flakes so I used coconut flakes and I put 1 egg plus a little flax seeds and some hemp seeds. I didn’t put dates or maple syrup. Because I’m trying to cut all the sugar. And I putted 1/2 teaspoon more baking powder. They turn out beautiful. Thank u for shearing recipe. All the best to you. Hugs

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  8. Omg ???? these are amazing !!!!
    I’ve just found you due to finding a box of quinoa flakes in the back of my cupboard which I needed a recipe for !! I used raisins instead of dates and cacao nibs instead of chocolate drops and the result was amazing ???? looking forward to trying many of your guilt free treats ….yes I was once a sugar addict but learning now how to satisfy my sweet tooth within having sugar laden rubbish !!
    Many thanks ????

  9. Hi, I recently tried out your toasted coconut breakfast cookies and am planning to try these but just have a couple of questions! Did you use natural peanut butter or just the regular stuff? Also, you specify medjool dates but I happen to have deglet Noor in my cupboard…is there a reason why you specify medjool? thanks!

    • You’re going to love them!! You can use any kind of peanut butter you want – I just prefer natural myself 🙂 And nope, you can definitely use deglet dates! xx

  10. Sé de los grandes beneficios de la quinoa, agradezco tus recetas.Las pondré en práctica,,ya que tengo un nieto que va al jardín,están perfectas, para su colación. Gracias

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  12. I found the texture of these to be strange… kind of cake-like, instead of cookie-like. How do I make them more crunchy? They tasted good but the texture thing threw me off.

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  14. Hi, can I leave out the maple syrup? Is that for sweetness or for binding? I’m trying to keep themse as low sugar as possible. Thanks!

    • It’s for sweetness mostly 🙂 I haven’t tested without maple syrup though, so I can’t say for sure that they’ll turn out as pictured!

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  16. Hi Alyssa,

    How much is 1 cup? I am always confused 🙂
    This recipe looks soooo good, want to try it ASAP 🙂

    Thank’s xx

  17. These “cookies” are so awesome, they have so much flavor and my kids just love them. This time I left out the dates because my kids didn’t care for them last time (I want to try making a paste and using that next time) and they were still plenty sweet for our tastes! I love that these have quinoa, oats, peanut butter, and a flax egg, that’s all stuff I feel no guilt whatsoever about feeding my kids!

    I did have a hard time finding the quinoa flakes though, no luck at any grocery store (including Whole Foods) so I ended up buying them off of Amazon for like $15! Oh well, they’ve lasted for quite a while and I wouldn’t want to make the cookies without them 🙂

    • Glad you all enjoyed them! I think you could also do all oats next time and be totally fine if you want to save on the quinao flakes 🙂

  18. Just wanted to let you know that when I read ‘quinoa flakes’ I assumed it was some kind of breakfast cereal, so I subbed in cornflakes and they turned out well! Nice crunch. Not quite as healthy but an interesting variation.

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  21. It looks delicious ???????????? but are you sure for the nutrition facts table ? Is one of this have 2 calories??? Wooooow
    Please reply to me ASAP ????????????

    • We’re working on updating the nutrition info for all of my recipes, so stay tuned! These cookies tend to stay in the 125 – 150 calorie range per cookie 🙂

  22. I would just add to flaten them out, since not stated I expected them to spread and flatten during baking! I did half way through, not ideal. Very good cookies, thanks

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  24. I can honestly say this is truly the best healthy cookie on earth. I substituted oats for the quinoa flakes and didn’t add the dates and vanilla (because I didn’t have either).

  25. These look so good! I am trying to avoid eggs though and don’t have flax seed. Would chia seed with water instead of flax seed with water work? Thanks. I’m planning to make these soon substituting Oats for the quinoa flakes.

    • I made a “flax egg” for the first time to make these cookies. Once you try it, you will see that it instantly turns into an “yolk like” consistency. I do not think chia seeds would work at all in the same way. Maybe ground chia? Also I just used uncooked quinoa (organic) and they turned out fine! Maybe cooking the quinoa first would be better but, overall, these turned out pretty good! I’m strictly nursing my first baby (almost 5 months) and I’ve acquired a real “sweet tooth”. These CMC’s are pretty darn good to curb that sweet craving!!! I’ll let you know what my best critic (I.e., husband) has to say about these ones!

    • I haven’t tried with flour vs. flakes, but if you do, I’d say you would want to reduce the amount. Start with 1/4 cup of flour and add more until you get the right texture!


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