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Gooey dairy-free chocolate chips and a delicious blend of cocoa powder and maple syrup make these Oatmeal breakfast cookies an amazing way to start your day!

Breakfast cookies are an easy grab-and-go breakfast that will fill you up and give you the energy to get you through the morning!

a stack of three brown chocolate breakfast cookies with one leaning against the stack

Mornings are hectic! Between school, commuting, and weekend activities, there isn’t always enough time to make a large sit-down breakfast. That is why breakfast cookies have become so popular. They are dense cookies that can be filled with nutritious ingredients like healthy fats, nuts and seeds. The goal is to make them easy to grab as you run out the door!

If you are looking for more make-ahead breakfast ideas, try our Vegan Oatmeal, Overnight Oats, Yogurt Parfaits or Banana Bread!

What makes these Breakfast Cookies so amazing?

  • There is no refined sugar. We use a small amount of pure maple syrup
  • It’s gluten-free. Just be sure to buy certified gluten-free oats
  • They have protein to keep you full. We are adding almond flour and seeds to these breakfast cookies!
  • These breakfast cookies take less than 10 minutes to prepare. Just dump everything in a bowl and mix!
  • Just the perfect amount of sweet! These are not very sweet which I love. They go well with coffee or tea and I feel like it is the minimum amount of sweetness for the kids. They still love these cookies!
a cookie broken in half and being held by a hand

What other mix-ins can you add to these gluten-free breakfast cookies?

This is one of those recipes that you can’t mess up. Get creative and add all kinds of ingredients to these breakfast cookies! Here are a few things I’ve tried:

  • Dried fruits – Cherries, apricots, dried cranberries, and raisins are all delicious!
  • Nuts – Slivered almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and cashews add some crunch!
  • Nut butter – try adding some creamy peanut butter (powder works too), almond butter, or seed butter for added protein
  • Protein powder – Sometimes I will substitute chocolate protein powder for cocoa powder and it’s always delicious
  • Shredded coconut – Shredded coconut and chocolate just work!
  • Seeds – We use pumpkin seeds in this recipe but you could also add sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, or chia seeds
  • Spices – Ground cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice!

Ingredients for this Breakfast Cookie recipe

  • Oatmeal – Use certified gluten-free oatmeal if you want these to be GF. Not all oats are gluten-free
  • Almond Flour – Almond meal would also work in this recipe (typically it’s cheaper)
  • Egg – Flax eggs or egg substitutes work great in this recipe
  • Cocoa Powder – Cacao powder works too!
  • Baking Powder
  • Vanilla extract- This is optional but definitley adds some flavor!
  • Avocado oil – Coconut oil or olive oil can be substituted
  • Pure Maple Syrup – If you want a sweeter breakfast cookie, double the maple syrup
  • Banana – Use a very ripe banana! If the banana isn’t ripe, consider adding two
  • Dairy Free Chocolate Chips – Use regular chocolate chips if you aren’t avoiding dairy
  • Pumpkin Seeds – Optional but they give an amazing crunch! Salted pumpkin seeds are delicious in this too

How to make cookies for breakfast!

top view of a bowl with oatmeal, almond flour, cocoa powder and baking powder
Add the oatmeal, almond flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder to a mixing bowl
top view of a bowl with the dry ingredients, an egg, vanilla , avocado oil and maple syrup
Mix in the egg, maple syrup, avocado oil, and vanilla
top view of a bowl with the chocolate cookie batter
Use a fork to mash the banana into the cookie batter

top view of bowl with cookie batter and pumpkin seeds and chocoalte chips on top
Fold in the pumpkin seeds and dairy free chocolate chips

top view of a cookie sheet lined iwht parchment paper with 6 cookies on it
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and make 6 even-sized cookies with the cookie dough

side view of chocolate cookies on a black cookie sheet
Bake and put on a rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

Important tips to make breakfast cookies

  1. These cookies don’t spread like normal cookies, so you can put them close together on the cookie sheet. For smaller hands, make 12 small cookies instead of 6 large ones.
  2. If you are avoiding eggs, use a flax egg instead. Mix 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed with 3 tablespoons of water. Let it sit for 5 minutes then mix it in as the egg.
  3. If these cookies need to be gluten-free, be sure to look for certified gluten-free oats. Oats are gluten-free by nature but they can be cross-contaminated in the factory.
  4. Sometimes you can get carried away with adding too many ingredients and the dough can get stiff. If this happens, add an extra egg and an additional teaspoon of avocado oil
  5. If you are using coconut shreds in your cookies, switch the avocado oil for coconut oil. This will add a delicious flavor to your cookie!

Frequently Asked Questions About Breakfast Cookies

Can you freeze breakfast cookies?

You sure can and I do it all the time. If you don’t mind them sticking together, let them cool completely on the baking sheet and then put them in a freezer bag. If you want to take out one at a time, place the baking sheet in the freezer until the cookies are frozen. Then take them off the cookie sheet and place them into a freezer bag.

Are cookies good for breakfast?

Most cookies are not good for breakfast since they have a lot of refined sugar. But these oatmeal breakfast cookies are the best cookies for breakfast! Not only are they filling, but they are made with whole ingredients that will keep you energized and satisfied.

What keeps you full in the morning?

Healthy fats are the key to staying full. This can include nut butter like peanut butter and almond butter or oils like coconut oil or avocado oil. Both of these are in this breakfast cookie recipe.

More Breakfast Recipes You Might Enjoy:

side view of 4 cookies stacked on eachother on a teal towel

Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Yield: 6 large cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Gooey dairy-free chocolate chips, filling oatmeal and a delicious blend of cocoa powder and maple syrup make these Oatmeal breakfast cookies an amazing way to start your day!


  • 3/4 Oatmeal
  • 1/4 Almond Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tablespoon Avocado Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Tablespoons Chocolate Chips, dairy free
  • 3 Tablespoons Pumpkin Seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a large baking sheet iwth parchment paper
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, add the oatmeal, almond flour, cocoa powder and baking soda. Mix well
  4. Add the egg, vanilla extract, avocado oil and maple syrup to the bowl and mix well
  5. Add the banana to the bowl and use a fork to mash it into the cookie batter until fully incorporated
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips and pumpkin seeds
  7. Use a spoon or cookie scooper to scoop about 1 Tablespoon of cookie dough and place on the baking sheet. Repeat until all batter is gone
  8. Bake 350 degrees for 13 minutes
  9. Let cool and then serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 157Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 96mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 4g

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By on August 5th, 2022

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2 thoughts on “Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies”

  1. My kids are obsessed with these!!!
    I made a batch with my eldest daughter as she isn’t a big breakfast eater and I thought making these together might encourage her to eat them. (It worked when she was little so I was hoping it would work now she is a teenager!)
    Well it worked, but not how I thought 😉
    She took two to eat on the walk to the bus stop, met a friend who she shared the cookies with, she loved it so now my daughter is taking a few every morning to share. But she is eating, which is a winner for me!
    I love how packed with healthy ingredients these are! We used salted sunflower seeds and also added a few chia seeds and dried acai berries to the mixture.
    Great recipe 🙂

    • It’s so hard when one of the kids doesn’t want to eat breakfast! I’m so glad these worked out and acai berries were such a good idea!


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