A cookie for breakfast!?!? Isn’t that what we all dreamed of when we were kids? It doesn’t get much better than that. There are several versions of this cookie on the internet, but I think I’ve perfected the recipe with a couple tweaks and changes.
If I make them plain without blueberries or cranberries, I love scooping a large spoonful of peanut butter or almond butter on top. The combination of a nutty butter with the chewy oatmeal and underlining banana taste would make anyone’s morning better. Since lots of peanut butter sneak in unhealthy ingredients, make sure to read the ingredients. The only thing needed for peanut butter is… well, peanuts! My family has become a big fan of Adam’s All Natural Peanut Butter.
Okay, I originally used coarsely chopped fresh cranberries in this recipe. Well, they are only in season for a short time. Don’t get me wrong… they are really tasty with fresh cranberries, but I wanted to see how they would be with blueberries. Oh. my. goodness. The flavor burst in my mouth! I highly recommend using some organic blueberries when making these quick breakfast cookies.
I’m LOVING these silicon baking liners. It eliminates the need for cooking sprays and butter/shortenings (please don’t use this option) when greasing a pan. These cookies bake really well on these liners. Hey, healthy cooking doesn’t mean extra time, preparation, or cleaning up!
Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
- 2 ripe bananas mashed
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup pure honey
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 and 1/2 cups whole quick oats
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries or coarsely chopped fresh cranberries optional
Preheat oven to 375.
In medium-sized bowl, mash bananas. Add applesauce, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well.
Add oats and stir well. Fold in blueberries or cranberries. Allow cookie dough to sit for 5 to 10 minutes so the oats can soak up the excess liquid.
On a baking sheet, lightly spray with olive oil cooking oil or line with silicon baking liners and drop large spoonfuls of cookie dough (about 1/4 cup size) an inch apart.
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until slightly golden brown.
Yields 1 dozen
I’m really falling in love with fresh cranberries. I would definitely recommend using fresh cranberries over Craisins.
If the cookie doesn’t seem like enough for breakfast, enjoy one of my many smoothies with it! My most favorite breakfast smoothies are the Banana Apple Oatmeal Smoothie and the Strawberry Banana Morning Smoothie.
Mmmm.. this looks great! They look like no-bake! I just canned apple sauce, I could make these right away!
Oooh, fresh applesauce! That sounds amazing, Yvonne!
This looks real good! I love having the option for a healthier cookie!
Cookie AND healthy is my favorite combo, Summer!
My kids would totally eat these for breakfast! I love your healthy breakfast ideas!
Thanks, Amber! Let me know what the kids think.
I love cookies but a healthy cookie is always the better option! Pinned these!
These are super yummy you won’t even believe they’re healthy, Becky! That’s how I like to roll.
I can’t wait to try these. My kids would love these for breakfast! Pinned!
I’m anxiously waiting to hear what your kids think, Leanne!
Can’t wait to make these! I bet even my pickiest will love them.
Thanks, Taralyn! I can’t wait to hear what the kids thought!
This recipe sounds fantastic and easy–my favorite combo!
Couldn’t agree more, Emily!
These were great! I think of a Clif bar when I eat them. I need to half the recipe so I don’t eat too many
How many calories are in each cookie
I don’t have calorie information at this time, Tracy. I’m so sorry. I’m not a calorie counter myself, but I will definitely start thinking about providing that information in the future.
1/4 cup of honey?! This is not “healthy” at all!! Stop trying to fool people. Sugar is sugar
Thanks for sharing your opinion, Kate. I feel natural sugars like honey are a much healthier option than anything processed or artificial. Also, if you purchase local honey that’s produced within 30 miles of your home, it has been proven to help fight seasonal allergies. However, you can always choose to omit the honey.
Fabulously easy! Yummy and a healthy choice, these make my home smell wonderful!
Thank you, Ceej! We love these cookies too.
Sugar is NOT sugar. Your body is able to process honey, agave and other natural sugars easier and more efficiently. Google it
Not a fan of the texture at all plus they smelled like they were burning the whole time they were baking. They taste rubbery and not at all like I was hoping. You might like these if you’re a fan of no-bake tasting “cookies”, but I found them a disappointment and will not make again.
Thanks for sharing your feedback, Fiona. I’m so sorry they didn’t turn out for you. My experience has been smelling cinnamon and vanilla while they’re baking and having a chewy texture instead of rubbery. You could always increase the amount of oats to 3 cups to improve texture. Thank you again for your feedback.
What a wonderful reply. I often forget that there’s a person behind the recipe! We may not always like the same ones, but I can appreciate the time and care you take to develop, make and share them, so thank you!
Hi! Just made these! Should I keep leftovers i fridge or is the counter okay? Thanks!
Hey Victoria, you can do either but they keep much better refrigerated. Ultimately, these cookies taste best fresh out of the oven, BUT they’ll still taste great.
I stumbled upon this recipe on pintrest and am so glad I tried it! Our family loves them, particularly for “on the go” breakfasts for my 2 year old daughter. She loves them!!
Deanna, thank you for commenting! I’m happy you found me too. My 3 year old daughter is a big fan too.
I was very disappointed. I baked them for 20 minutes as per the recipe, but they had the texture of two day old oatmeal left sitting out on the counter. I did use an aluminum baking sheet with parchment paper so maybe that affected the outcome.
I’m so sorry to hear about the outcome, Sara! I’m wondering if your bananas weren’t ripe or large enough to provide adequate amount of moisture. Thanks for the feedback and apologize they didn’t work out for you.
YUMMY….. Do you think I could replace the oats with something else ?
Great question, Abby! I think it would be difficult to get the desired texture with something other than oats, however I’ll keep thinking!
I used chopped frozen cherries and added dark chocolate mini chips instead so amazing!
Sounds like such a treat, Brittany! Thank you for taking the time to share your additions.
Just finished baking and I can’t get enough. I wasn’t sure if my bananas were ripe enough, so some pieces were a little chunkier but it was ok. I added dried cranberries and raisins and apple pie spice instead of just cinnamon with a handful of dark chocolate chips. My husband doesn’t like cooked bananas and he enjoys these. Thanks.
Thank you, Betty! Your additions sound delicious. These continue to be some of my favorites.