Healthy Breakfast Cookies

Vegan MoFo #22 – I’m always on the lookout for healthy cookie recipes, and was inspired by this one that I found on About.com. I’ve made it a couple times now, and have modified it a bit each time.

Healthy Breakfast Cookies - Vegan and Gluten-Free {NO Flour, NO sugar, NO oil! Just bananas, applesauce, peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, oats, walnuts and raisins}

These are not delicate cookies. They’re dense little crumbly fellows…

Healthy Breakfast Cookies - Vegan and Gluten-Free {NO Flour, NO sugar, NO oil! Just bananas, applesauce, peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, oats, walnuts and raisins}

I’m pretty amazed how awesome these are, considering that they don’t have any oil/margarine or added sugar (just maple syrup). I like being able to eat these for breakfast without feeling guilty!

Healthy Breakfast Cookies - Vegan and Gluten-Free {NO Flour, NO sugar, NO oil! Just bananas, applesauce, peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, oats, walnuts and raisins}

Also, they’re freezer-friendly, so you can freeze them and pop them out a couple hours before you plan on eating them.

Healthy Breakfast Cookies - Vegan and Gluten-Free {NO Flour, NO sugar, NO oil! Just bananas, applesauce, peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, oats, walnuts and raisins}

They’re really great if you’re on the go and just need a bite of something healthy and filling.

Healthy Breakfast Cookies - Vegan and Gluten-Free Healthy Breakfast Cookies - Vegan and Gluten-Free
Healthy Breakfast Cookies - Vegan and Gluten-Free Healthy Breakfast Cookies - Vegan and Gluten-Free
Healthy Breakfast Cookies - Vegan and Gluten-Free Healthy Breakfast Cookies - Vegan and Gluten-Free

Healthy Breakfast Cookies - Vegan and Gluten-Free {NO Flour, NO sugar, NO oil! Just bananas, applesauce, peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, oats, walnuts and raisins}

Healthy Breakfast Cookies - Vegan and Gluten-Free {NO Flour, NO sugar, NO oil! Just bananas, applesauce, peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, oats, walnuts and raisins}

Healthy Breakfast Cookies - Vegan and Gluten-Free {NO Flour, NO sugar, NO oil! Just bananas, applesauce, peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, oats, walnuts and raisins}

Updates

December 19, 2013 – I’ve come across many other breakfast recipes this year, and have been inspired to tweak this recipe even further over the last little while. I removed the flour, which in turn allowed me to remove the soy milk and vegan egg replacer. I added nuts and raisins to make things more interesting, and even added protein powder to make these babies even healthier. The result is a moist breakfast cookie that almost tastes like banana bread. I hope you enjoy the update to the recipe below!

4.8 from 4 reviews
Healthy Vegan Breakfast Cookies
 
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These cookies are so healthy, you can eat them for breakfast and not feel guilty. Vegan and Gluten-Free!
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Serves: 15
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe bananas (overripe is fine)
  • ⅔ cup applesauce (or apple baby food)
  • ⅓ cup natural peanut butter (or almond butter / sun butter)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups quick cooking or rolled oats (use gluten-free, as needed)
  • ¼ cup walnuts (or other nuts, or coconut)
  • ¼ cup raisins (or chocolate chips, or more nuts)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F/175C degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mash the banana into a thick paste. Add the applesauce, peanut butter, maple syrup, protein powder, vanilla and cinnamon, and mix well.
  3. Stir in the oats, nuts and raisins.
  4. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto the sheet and bake 20 minutes*, or until slightly browned.
  5. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. May also be frozen and brought-out as needed.
Notes
*Bake for 20 minutes in a fan-forced/convection oven, or longer in a regular oven.

Inspired by Sugar-Free Vegan Peanut Butter, Oatmeal and Banana Cookies, About.com.

Healthy Breakfast Cookies - Vegan and Gluten-Free {NO Flour, NO sugar, NO oil! Just bananas, applesauce, peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, oats, walnuts and raisins}

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28 Comments

  1. brian says:

    cookies for breakfast??? peanut butter??? these are a dream come true :-)

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    • vegangela says:

      Haha! :) Was going to send the link to you shortly, but I see that you found it! They’re not as moist as your typical PB&J, but pretty convenient and are great washed-down with a cold glass of rice/soy milk! Let me know if you make them :)

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  2. OH!!! I think I’m putting these on my Christmas cookie list!!! YUM!

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi, thanks for your comment. They are more of a healthy snack than something you’d give out for Christmas. Just warning you! :)

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  3. Sandra says:

    Hi Angela,

    First, I love your blogs – and I’ve only recently become vegan and discovering you! I liked these a lot – was thinking maybe they could use a little more “crunch ‘punch’ — thought I’d try adding some almonds and raisins, adding them after the blender, so they have that texture, any thoughts on that? Yesterday I made your chili – SO AWESOME! Thank you for this beautiful website/blog. You rock.

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Sandra – Thanks so much for the kind words about my site! I just try to post what I love. Those would be great additions to the cookies. Do let me know how they turn out!

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  4. debra dobbs says:

    love it..

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  5. Michelle says:

    looks great. just one question: is there any alternative to the vegan egg for these cookies?

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Michelle – Feel free to use a flax seed egg :)

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  6. Stephan says:

    I know I’m late to the party, but I love this site. I think we have a similar taste. Every new recipe I try I end up modifying, I don’t have to modify your recipes. This is awesome.

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    • vegangela says:

      What a kind thing to say! I’m so glad to hear it. Thanks for taking the time to comment :)

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  7. Louise Thompson says:

    Hi Angela, I just made your delicious breakfast cookies. It is 9PM here and I could not wait until breakfast to taste the cookies and so, I had two as one was not enough. Yummy!

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    • vegangela says:

      That makes me smile! Thanks mom :)

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  8. Jill says:

    okay, just found these cookies you were talking about!!! OMG YUM…i will have to make these now too.. i absolutely adore peanut butter ..YUM… I made the Oven Baked Tomato Risotta (OMG YUM) and the cocounut curry lentil soup and the raw cookie balls… i didn’t get to the African Stew today but will tomorrow. I like to cook on the weekends and put some of it in the freezer for easy lunches, and just so you know the recipes that i have tried of yours, freeze very well!!!. I’m slowly making my meat and potato husband into a vegetarian.. well NOT really (but that would be the dream….lol)…. he did eat a large slab of disgusting steak today for dinner.. but at least i’m making baby steps towards eating my food because he loves your recipes as much as I do!!!

    Thanks again for all you do…. You are my inspiration to cook these days.. and not to mention i’m actually thinking of going vegan but have never quite knew where to begin… i think i got it with these recipes.. wow!!

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    • vegangela says:

      Yay! Let me know if you try them. They’re definitely dense. But hearty. Perfect for breakfast or a quick pre/post workout snack. My mom and dad are hooked on them :)

      So glad you liked the Risotto, it’s an old comfort food fave in this house! And thanks again for the kind words about my recipes. I’m all about healthy + easy + fast! Once you have a few good recipes in your repertoire, it makes cooking a breeze… even on busy weeknights :)

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  9. LOVE these, but did you just change the recipe? We’ve made them several times and I don’t remember seeing applesauce or protein powder in the recipe.

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Kelli! Yes, I updated them to be even healthier (no wheat). The protein powder is totally optional :)

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  10. Mireille says:

    Hi there, I recently tried your Mexican quina casserole and it was great. When I found this recipe I thought it would be great for my husband and I but my husband is allergic to apples. I was wonder if you had any suggestion on substitutions? He also allergic to pears, plums, peaches, and nectarines.

    Thanks

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    • I’m so glad you liked the Mexican Quinoa Casserole! For this recipe, you could try using a mix of extra bananas and vegetable oil. The applesauce is just there to make the cookies moist… Good luck!

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  11. Mackenzie Silcox says:

    We made these cookies today and I’m eating one now. I gave it 5 stars! I’m 9 years old. They were fun and easy to make. Thank you for the recipe Angela!

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    • You’re welcome, thanks for writing :)

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  12. Allison Leary says:

    I don’t know if it says up there, but do you know what the nutrition facts are, like calories, fats, sodium, sugar. I would like to know because my mom is on a diet and my father is diabetic.

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  13. Allison Leary says:

    I don’t know if it says up there, but what are the nutritional facts. my mother is on a diet and my father is diabetic so I would like to know the calories, fat, sugar, sodium, etc.

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  14. Lisa says:

    I make a batch of healthy flapjacks every week for my husband to take to work, but I hate all the chopping of apricots, dates, nuts etc. this is a lovely shortcut to a tasty, healthy snack and brilliant to be be able to make a large batch and freeze them, take them out as you need them. Genius. Thanks Angela, another amazing recipe :-)

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    • You’re so welcome, thanks for the great feedback x

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