March 9, 2021

by Lizzy Briskin

Healthy Breakfast Cookies 6 Ways

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Today we're making healthy breakfast cookies in 6 different sweet flavors: high protein, blueberry, peanut butter chocolate chip, peanut butter +jelly, birthday cake and matcha. These vegan breakfast cookies are a great way to start your day or to enjoy a sweet treat in the afternoon!

6 easy recipes for healthy breakfast cookies

If you've been following me for a little while, then you know I have a love affair with cookies. Not just any cookie though, especially breakfast cookies.

Back in 2018, I share one breakfast cookie recipe per month for the whole year. That means we have at least 12 different recipes on the blog already.

So today I wanted to put together a post that shows you how to make healthy breakfast cookies but with some fun flavor twists. Each has mostly the same base – more on that in a sec – but we change things up with our mix-ins, and they end up tasting completely new and different!

Snickerdoodle Quinoa Breakfast Cookies -- a healthy spin on a classic cookie, reimagined to be totally worthy of breakfast!

Are Breakfast Cookies Healthy?

First up, let's chat about why breakfast cookies are healthy. Breakfast cookies are mostly made up of ingredients that you would use in oatmeal, which means you're essentially eating a bowl of oatmeal in cookie form.

As such, breakfast cookies are full of:

  • Fiber
  • Protein
  • Healthy fats
  • Complex carbohydrates
  • No refined sugars

Plus, we can sneak in fruits and veggies, and they're totally kid-friendly!

Gluten-Free Breakfast

Breakfast cookies are also easy to make gluten-free and vegan! As long as you use certified gluten-free oats and a flax egg, these cookies are totally vegan + gf compliant.

how to make vegan breakfast cookies

How to Make Vegan Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast cookies don't require any crazy ingredients and what I love most is they can be customized in a bunch of different ways. Here is what you'll need to make a basic breakfast cookie recipe:

  • Banana: we mash the banana to make it mostly smooth, but you could also use applesauce or pumpkin (will affect the flavor)
  • Flax egg: this is how we make them vegan – if you're not vegan, go ahead and use a regular egg
  • Nut butter: you can use any type of nut/seed butter you like! For me, it depends on the flavor I'm going for, but I typically opt for almond or cashew.
  • Maple syrup: just 1/4 cup is all we're using in the whole batch! This can be replaced by honey if need be.
  • Oats: regular rolled oats provide texture and bake up beautifully.
  • Quinoa flakes: just an easy way to sneak in a little extra protein – if you can't find them, replace them with quick-cooking oats.
  • Baking powder: and finally a little baking powder to give the cookies a bit of fluff!

Then you can mix in basically whatever you want to give them flavor or additional texture!

To make your healthy breakfast cookies:

  • Mash the banana and mix in the flax egg, nut butter, and syrup.
  • Once smooth, fold in the dry ingredients and fold in any mix-ins you might be using
  • Bake at 350ºF for about 14 minutes and enjoy!

6 amazing recipes for healthy breakfast cookies

6 Easy Breakfast Cookie Recipes

So today's post is all about using one main base and changing up your cookies based on that. I ended up making three different bases (with only one slight change), and using them for my 6 different recipes. Here's what we're making:

High Protein Breakfast Cookies

These cookies use almond butter in the base, and then we mix in three high protein ingredients: hemp seeds, chia seeds, and protein powder.

Healthy Blueberry Cookies

Next is our blueberry muffin cookies which use the same almond butter base, but we mix in fresh (or frozen) blueberries.

Vegan Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

Third, on our list is the PB+J flavor – one of my faves. For this one, we're using peanut butter in the base and then making a little well in the center of each cookie that we fill up with jam. Bake them up and each bite is heaven!

Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Using the same base as the PB+J cookies, we're going to skip the jam and fold in some dark chocolate chips. A little more sugar here, but you can never go wrong with chocolate!

Birthday Cake Cookies

Our third base (and 5th breakfast cookie recipe) is a birthday cake flavor. For this one we use cashew butter in the base, fold in some sprinkles and vanilla. It's delicious!

Vegan Matcha Cookies

And finally, we have our matcha cookies. The same cashew butter base, but we stir in some matcha powder at the end to make them green and with a tiny kick of caffeine.

birthday cake breakfast cookies recipe

Meal Prep Breakfast

If you want to turn these breakfast cookies into something you meal prep, you can totally do that. You have three options:

  • Counter: breakfast cookies will last at room temp for 2 – 3 days.
  • Refrigerator: breakfast cookie will last 3 – 4 days in the fridge and should be warmed before enjoying.
  • Freezer: breakfast cookies will last 3 – 6 months in the freezer and should be thawed in the microwave or toaster oven before eating.

I personally always go with freezing because it keeps them the freshes for the longest, but that's up to you. Do you have any favorite breakfast cookie flavors? If so, let me know in the comments! I can't wait to hear which one you like the best!

Cranberry Orange Quinoa Breakfast Cookies made in just one bowl, packed with nutrition and naturally gluten-free & vegan!

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Healthy Breakfast Cookies: 6 Ways

Make healthy breakfast cookies in 6 different sweet flavors: high protein, blueberry, peanut butter chocolate, pb+j, birthday cake & matcha.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 139kcal
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vegan breakfast cookies with peanut butter and banana
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Ingredients

High Protein Breakfast Cookies

Blueberry Muffin Breakfast Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

Peanut Butter + Jelly Breakfast Cookies

Matcha Breakfast Cookies

Birthday Cake Breakfast Cookies

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Mash the banana until mostly smooth. Mix in the flax egg, nut butter, and maple syrup.
  • Stir in the oats, quinoa flakes and baking powder.

For the High Protein Breakfast Cookies

  • Fold in the hemp, chia and protein powder.
  • Scoop the cookie dough onto the baking paper. Bake for 14 minutes until the cookies are golden brown. Allow them to cool completely before enjoying.

For the Blueberry Muffin Breakfast Cookies

  • Fold in the blueberries.
  • Scoop the cookie dough onto the baking paper. Bake for 14 - 16 minutes until the cookies are golden brown. Allow them to cool completely before enjoying.

For the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Scoop the cookie dough onto the baking paper. Bake for 14 minutes until the cookies are golden brown. Allow them to cool completely before enjoying.

For the Peanut Butter + Jelly Breakfast Cookies

  • Scoop the cookie dough onto the baking paper. Make an indent in the center and scoop 1/2 teaspoon of raspberry jam to the center.
  • Bake for 14 minutes until the cookies are golden brown. Allow them to cool completely before enjoying.

For the Matcha Breakfast Cookies

  • Fold in the matcha powder.
  • Scoop the cookie dough onto the baking paper. Bake for 14 minutes until the cookies are golden brown. Allow them to cool completely before enjoying.

For the Birthday Cake Breakfast Cookies

  • Fold in the sprinkles.
  • Scoop the cookie dough onto the baking paper. Sprinkle with additional sprinkles if desired. Bake for 14 minutes until the cookies are golden brown. Allow them to cool completely before enjoying.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie (high protein) | Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 205mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. I’ve been healthy baking for about 15 years and these are the absolute best healthy cookies I’ve ever made. The texture is perfect- soft yet not crumbly with just the right amount of bite from the seeds. The favor is perfect because you can modify to your taste. Only amendments I made were to add salt, vanilla, and seasonings. I made them with chicken eggs.

  2. Hi there! I am loving your recipes. Can I use more rolled oats instead of the quick cooking oats to replace the quinoa flakes.

  3. Can’t wait to make these! I don’t have quinoa flakes on hand… can they be replaced with something else?
    Also, just a tip. I love using a cookie scoop for cookies! Makes it so much easier to shape them and keep the size uniform.

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