Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie

Need an easy breakfast idea your kids will love? You’re going to love this oatmeal breakfast cookie recipe. They are simple to make, and you can easily double the batch and freeze them! Now, that’s ultimate convenience right there!

healthy oatmeal breakfast cookies. Easy to make and can be easily adapted to be gluten free

Don’t they look amazing? I mean, what’s not to love about oats, peanut butter, honey—yum. I will tell you that while the original recipe calls for 1/2 cup of honey, you can cut it down to 1/4 cup and still achieve a delicious cookie.

This recipe is also in my cookbook, The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet along with other breakfast favorites. Check out how easy these cookies are to make in this short video.


If it looks like a cookie, and tastes like a cookie, then it must be a cookie! said Cookie Monster on Sesame Street. It is—sort of. This is a breakfast favorite in our house. Little does my family know that these cookies have protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3s.  Sssssshhhhhhhhh! Don’t tell them!

easy oatmeal breakfast cookie recipe that can be made ahead of time and frozen

Yes, I let my kids have a “cookie” for breakfast, but you know it’s way better than some of the processed breakfast foods found at the store. At least I know it’s made with real ingredients, and they are filling.

5.0 from 6 reviews
Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie
 
Yield: 12 cookie monster sized cookies
Author:
Cuisine: Baking
Serves: 8 giant cookies
Ingredients
  • ½ cup mashed banana (about 1 large)
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter (or non-peanut)
  • ½ cup honey*
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour*
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed (or an additional ¼ cup flour)
  • ¼ cup nonfat milk powder or vanilla protein powder (+ 2 tablespoons water if dough is too thick)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup dried cranberries or raisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly coat two cookie sheets with cooking spray, and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the banana, peanut butter, honey, and vanilla.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the oats, flour, flax seed, milk powder, cinnamon, and baking soda.
  4. Stir the oat mixture into the banana mixture until combined. Stir in the cranberries.
  5. Using a ¼-cup measuring cup, drop mounds of dough 3 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. With a thin metal or small plastic spatula dipped in water, flatten, and spread each mound of dough to a 2¾-inch round, about ½ inch thick.
  6. Bake, one sheet at a time, for 14 to 16 minutes or until browned. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  7. Store in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw before serving.
Notes
You can reduce the honey to ⅓ cup, or substitute with maple syrup. Whole wheat flour can be omitted and substituted with oat flour or gluten-free flour mix to make this recipe gluten-free.

 

Comments

  1. Krysta says

    These are great! My toddler loved them and so did I! I subbed 2 medium eggs for the banana, dropped the honey to 1/3 cup, and split the mix-ins with 1/4 cup each of dried cranberries and chocolate chips. I’ve previously used a different breakfast cookie recipe but I think this will be my go to now!

  2. Jennifer says

    Just wondering if you have tried these with chocolate protein powder instead of vanilla. It’s all I have.

  3. gh burke says

    Laura, thanks for sharing this. Will try it without the banana – my son is allergic to banana (any idea for substitution? ) Could you please share more breakfast ideas that doesn’t have banana in the ingredients? I know it’s going to be challenging for you with all the allergies out-there (dairy, gluten, nuts,eggs) and now I am adding banana to the list :-) Love your site tho!

    • says

      You can typically substitute bananas (by volume) for eggs or pumpkin in any recipe. If you omit it, it will become a “dry” recipe. The bananas are part of the moisture and binding agent. No worries. I’ll try!

  4. Samantha says

    Big thanks for this post! I’m crazy low on groceries and will go shopping tomorrow, but needed something to pack in my 6 year olds lunch box in the morning. This will pair great with the last apple and a few other little things we have left. You saved me from having to grocery shop at midnight. Thank you!

  5. priya says

    Hello..I am from India..so the cup sizes in measurement varies..It will be great help if you share the ingredients in gm..also can ¼ cup nonfat milk powder be omitted and replaced by oatmeal or oat flakes?

  6. Melissa says

    I have a daughter allergic to bananas. I was wondering if I could sub pumpkin? Any suggestions on how to go about this?

  7. Cindy says

    I’m glad I found this recipe! I had to switch out the flaxseed and protein powder for coconut flour, if you heat flaxseed above 250 degrees the nutritive value starts to break down. it turned out well but a tad dry. I think next time I’ll try adding coconut oil or even some butter. Thanks for posting this!

  8. Nellie says

    I made these gluten free by using almond flour in place of the wheat flour. I also used almond butter rather than peanut butter and used pure maple syrup in place of 1/2 of the honey. These turned out great! I’m looking forward to playing with it and creating different variations.

  9. Allison says

    My son is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. I am planning on substituting the PB with sunflower seed butter, which is his favorite. It has a similar taste and consistency to PB, so I think it should work. I’ll let you know how they turn out. Thanks!

  10. says

    I’m trying to eat better and these are awesome! These will keep me from hitting the supersized muffins and the convenience store next to my office!

  11. Becky Hampton says

    These turned out great! I have been trying countless breakfast cookie recipes and LOVE this one. Thanks for a great recipe!

  12. valleygirl says

    I woke up this morning and looked for a breakfast cookie recipe and found this. Yes I am nuts at 6am just finding a recipe and chancing making it before I have to get the kids up AND while I’m making and packing lunches. But it was SO quick and easy and filling, definate hit! I will def keep this one and play around to see what other combos of stuff I can come up with for it. :) I’ll try a version with sunbutter and applesauce for my son as well.

  13. Erin says

    Just made these for breakfast and they were so good! Even my picky two year old ate one and said it was “so yummy”! Love that these are so portable, too. I know these will become part of my regular rotation. Thanks for such a great recipe!

      • says

        I finally made these tonight. I used 1/4 c of almond milk instead of the milk powder bc of food allergies. I was afraid it would be too runny but they turned out just fine. Next time I might do as you suggested with another commenter about adding a little more oats if using liquid milk. But they turned out great. I also can’t have cinnamon due to a sensitivity and subbed 1/2 tsp of nutmeg and 1/2 tsp of allspice. It turned out fine but I think I’ll add a little more spice next time. The best part, I told my toddler I made her a cookie and she gobbled it up!!! Thanks for the recipe!!!

  14. Netty says

    Another great hit with my family. Had them for breakfast today for the first time. All 3 kids gave them a thumbs up. My hubby even took one to work for an afternoon snack. Thanks so much for the recipe.

  15. Claire says

    Great breakfast cookie. I made the recipe without the milk powder and they turned out great! Love MOMables!

  16. Tiara says

    These are delicious and I am so thankful to have found this recipe. My daughter loves them, I love them, and my husband who doesn’t like 99% of the ingredients loved them! Thank you for sharing!

  17. Kristina says

    My boys loved these! Me too! One asked me to put more raisins in it, so will go with a little more on the next batch.
    Thanks!

    • says

      so glad! i make a batch every other week or so. I love that this recipe is very giving and you can add all sorts of dried fruits and nuts! I made them with blueberries and lemon zest two weeks ago. came out delicious!

  18. Theresa says

    I can’t stop making these! I wanted to let you know that I was almost done putting together the ingredients in a bowl today and realized I had bought quick oats instead of rolled oats. The recipe still turned out. I did end up adding 2 TBSP of water so it wasn’t too thick. But the texture was slightly different. Hmm, less body or texture and instead just soft? It’s hard to describe. Still tasted delicious!
    What is the best way to freeze these? Just put them in a ziploc? Or should I wrap them in plastic wrap individually and then put in ziploc? Any advise? I made a double batch today and want to freeze some. Thank you!

    • says

      So glad you love these! There are two ways of freezing these. 1) mix dough, make cookies lay on cookie sheet and place uncooked cookie sheet in freezer for one hour. then, transfer to zip bag. this way you can pop them in the oven anytime you want (this is what i do most of the time). 2) make cookies. let cool then transfer to cookie tray, freeze and transfer to zip bag. when you need them, pull out, defrost by warming 30sec in microwave.

  19. cara says

    This recipe is so awesome! My kids are so picky and breakfast always stresses me out because they need good nutrition to start the day. They LOVED this recipe!! I used a jar of baby carrots and plum baby food that I had left over instead of the banana. YUmmm!! Thanks for the recipe!!

  20. Cindy says

    I love the sounds and idea of this cookie, but can not sent nut products to my son’s school, so no good for his breakfast and/or snack there. We have almond butter…but alas…still nut. Any ideas on non-nut substitution for the pb?

      • Cindy says

        Thanks, never heard of sunbutter before. Just looked up a recipe and have a good use for those raw sunflower seeds in my fridge now too! :) Do you think subbing the milk powder with more ground flax, wheatgerm or bran would be okay?

          • Cindy says

            Thanks for the tips! Thinking of giving this a try on the weekend, to prep for the crazy weekdays – would be a nice change from muffins I think!

  21. B says

    If I don’t have the ground flax can I just add more flour? What about adding nuts? Would that effect the dough in a negative way?

  22. Lisa says

    I’m confused! Is the nonfat milk dry? and If using the protein powder – do you use it dry or as a liquid? thanks

    • says

      Hi Lisa! yes, it’s dry milk powder. if you use it liquid it will make the recipe too runny. you can always use the liquid and add 2-3 TB more oats to thicken it up if you don’t have powder around.

      • Kimmie says

        Hey, thanks for this recipe! Its the closest recipe I’ve found to make what I’m currently craving. I’m curious….I have no vanilla extract, but a whole bunch of vanilla whole-milk yogurt. If I added more oats like you suggested above, do you think that would work? I’m asking, but I’m going to go ahead and try it, just because they sound so good. I’ll keep you posted. Thanks for all the suggestions! :)

  23. Jenny says

    I’m not a big banana flavor fan. Do these have much of a banana flavor to them? What would you recommend adding instead of banana?

    • says

      Any mashed fruit (or veggie.) Zucchini, squash or pumpkin might be fun too. Or carrots. It substitutes for the oil, so these would work in cake mixes, muffins, and other cookie recipes as well.
      If it’s a chocolate flavored mix or recipe, you can add virtually anything! I used peas and spinach baby food in my daughter’s chocolate cake mix instead of oil and *no one* noticed. Not even AFTER being told it was in there!

  24. Myrna says

    You just made our morning so much simpler. They are delish and the kids can even eat them in the car. & nutritious too! Thanks!

  25. says

    Discovered this recipe yesterday and just so happened to have all the ingredients so I made them this morning for breakfast. Enjoying now with my coffee and SO happy I tried. These are SO tasty and I can’t believe there is no butter or added sugar. Thank you MOMables!

    • says

      Awesome! I always have a batch hanging around during the school year because they make the perfect on-the-go breakfast. Hey, if it’s a “cookie” they eat it! LOL Thanks for letting us know you enjoyed them!

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