Good Morning Sunshine Breakfast Cookies

BLUEBERRY breakfast cookies packed with 9 happy and wholesome ingredients to power you through the day. 1 BOWL cookie recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Good morning!

Sunshine!

BLUEBERRY breakfast cookies packed with 9 happy and wholesome ingredients to power you through the day. 1 BOWL cookie recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Don’t these cookies sort of look like blueberry muffin tops? They don’t taste like muffin tops at all, but the resemblance makes me happy. You know what else makes me happy? They’re actually pretty good for you with zero refined sugar, plenty of wholesome oats, almond butter, and fruit. In fact the only thing missing is a cup of coffee and bowl of yogurt because, like muffins, these cookies are most definitely breakfast-worthy.

The reason I made them this month is because I’ve been waking up at the crack of dawn to work on my cookbook manuscript. I truly do the best writing in the early mornings when there are little to zero distractions. My stomach starts to grumble when I finish my coffee, so I usually grab a Lara Bar (lemon flavor!). When my stash got low, I decided to make a treat that’s a little more dense and satisfying to help give me extra brain power and sustain me until I eat a real meal. Figured you’d appreciate a healthier option this month as well!

Mashed bananas for breakfast cookies on sallysbakingaddiction.com

I love breakfast cookies. Do you? Who doesn’t enjoy cookies for breakfast?! I have a couple variations on my blog, but today’s are packed with berries so they’re an instant fave. The cookies stay fresh all week in the refrigerator and if you can’t go through them that quickly, you can freeze them individually like I do. Stick one frozen cookie in the refrigerator before bed. It’ll thaw out by morning. I *love* them cold.

These good morning sunshine breakfast cookies 🙂 are super chewy, hearty, thick and taste like really dense baked oatmeal. Major staying power. You only need 9 ingredients and some can be easily substituted. I listed subs in my recipe notes if you’re curious.

Ripe bananas = power ingredient. Not only do they sweeten the cookies, they help bind the ingredients together. If you’re not a fan of bananas, I suggest using 1 egg and 1/3 cup applesauce instead. Again, I’ll remind you about that in the recipe notes. I like to place the banana in the mixer first so that the paddle or whisk attachment can mash them up, instead of mashing them up with a fork prior to beginning. It’s just one less step you have to do! Then the rest of the ingredients go into the bowl. This is a 1 bowl cookie recipe where everything can be dumped in– in any order– and then all mixed together. Less prep work is always a good thing.

Almond butter = another power ingredient. Nut butter can be a funny ingredient. It acts like flour in cookies– remember thesethese, and these flourless nut butter cookies? The 1 cup of nut butter not only gives the cookies flavor, it helps (1) bind the ingredients together and (2) helps the cookies maintain their shape. Without the flour, and if using certified gluten free oats, this is a gluten free cookie recipe.

Blueberry breakfast cookies on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Blueberry breakfast cookies on sallysbakingaddiction.com

These blueberry breakfast cookies are massive. 1/4 cup of dough goes into each cookie! As you individually shape them, you’ll think it’s way too much dough. BUT the cookies hardly spread in the oven. Because of this, make sure you slightly flatten the cookies out. The recipe makes 12, so I suggest 6 big cookies per baking sheet.

One more thing. The cookies bake at a lower temperature. They’re so thick that anything higher could burn the tops rather quickly. Because of the lower temperature, the cookies will take about 20 minutes in the oven.

BLUEBERRY breakfast cookies packed with 9 happy and wholesome ingredients to power you through the day. 1 BOWL cookie recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

BLUEBERRY breakfast cookies packed with 9 happy and wholesome ingredients to power you through the day. 1 BOWL cookie recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Before I leave you with the recipe, I have to warn you about something. The dough itself with the sweet bananas, honey, cinnamon, almond butter, and oats is unbelievably tasty. You’ll lick the spatula clean; it’s impossible not to. And if you only get 11 cookies out of the batch, I won’t judge!!

Good Morning Sunshine Breakfast Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe medium bananas, mashed (about 3/4 cup)1
  • 2 and 1/2 cups (200g) old-fashioned whole rolled oats2
  • 1 cup (250g) any nut butter (I use almond butter)
  • 1/2 cup (60g) chopped pecans or walnuts3
  • 1/3 cup (75g) honey4
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (190g) fresh or frozen blueberries (do not thaw frozen)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  2. Add everything to a large bowl and mix together with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until combined (or use a hand-held or stand mixer).
  3. Scoop mounds of dough, about ¼ cup each, onto baking sheets. 6 cookies per baking sheet since they are so large. The cookies won’t spread much in the oven, so gently press the mounds down to create a flatter shape.
  4. Bake for 18-21 minutes until lightly browned on the sides.
  5. Remove from the oven and let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Cookies will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Make-ahead tip: Cookies freeze well for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature, if desired, before enjoying.

Recipe Notes:

  1. Instead of bananas, use 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce and 1 large egg. The cookies will not be as sweet, so feel free to add 1 more Tbsp of honey.
  2. These cookies are gluten free if you use certified GF oats.
  3. You can leave out the nuts or use any chopped nut you like best. Or sub in dried cranberries, raisins, or sunflower seeds.
  4. Instead of honey, you can use maple syrup or brown rice syrup.

Using SparkRecipes calculator-- following the recipe as written, each cookie contains 260 calories, 12g fat, 28g carbs, 6g fiber, and 6g protein.

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We fixed something!

*NEW search function on SBA*

The search function on my site hasn’t produced the best results for the past several years. It’s an issue I’ve known about and have been seeking help for… well… for as long as I’ve had it! In the past, if you searched for “chocolate cake” in the search bar in my sidebar, you’d get every single post where I mention “chocolate” or “cake.” So what is that, like every post? It was frustrating for you and I alike.

It’s been updated! Try searching for “breakfast cookies” using the search bar in the sidebar. The first three results should be all of my breakfast cookies on the site. I hope you enjoy the new *FIXED* search function!

Blueberry oat breakfast cookies packed with 9 happy and wholesome ingredients to power you through the day. 1 BOWL cookie recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

84 comments

  1. I just finished making a batch of your original breakfast cookies . My whole family love these!
    I am tickled to find this new version….just happen to buy a big box of blueberries today so guess what I am making tomorrow. Can’t have too many healthy snacks in the house. I’ll freeze some of both. I always know I can find great recipes on your site.

  2. Oh my gosh! These breakfast cookies look so delicious. I would definitely love to have these for breakfast each morning before work. And blueberries! Yes! 

  3. Yes!  I love breakfast treats.  Would it be possible to put the dough in a pan and bake so I can cut off chunks?  

    In my house with different appetites I find that sometimes the larger cookies are too much for the youngest and I hate throwing what she doesn’t eat away.  
     What size pan would work for this amount of dough?  Thank you so much!  I cannot begin to tell you the successes I have had with your recipes.

    • Hi Bryn! I’d say a 9×9 square baking pan. I’m unsure of the baking time, but they’ll be done when the edges are lightly browning.

  4. I was planning to bake a batch of your banana chocolate chip breakfast cookies this weekend – now I don’t know which version to make! I might have to get some more bananas and try them both. I think they’ll be perfect to freeze for after baby arrives – especially since they seem very similar to recipes I’ve seen for lactation cookies. I’m trying to stock the freezer with one-handed snacks – made your apple bread the other day and froze individual slices.

  5. Oh I am so excited for this healthy cookie!  I have never used fresh fruit in a cookie and love the addition of the blueberries.  

  6. I am not a huge fan of blueberries in my cookies but I will try it with raisins:-)

  7. Really excited about these cookies! It’s like the perfect combo of my favorite ingredients ♥♥♥
    YES! I had noticed the search function didn’t work – so glad you could finally fix it

  8. LOVE the ingredient list and these cookies! I love viewing your Instagram stories and Snapchat stories too…I know you’re working incredibly hard on your new cookbook but I also know the outcome will be phenomenal! 🙂

  9. These look amazing and are on my “to bake today” list. Of course, I’m balancing that with the Iced Lemon Pound Cake from your post this week, as well.
    I’m so glad you fixed your search! I would often come looking for a recipe, and usually just went to the category because it was a little frustrating sorting through all the recipes. Thank you for caring enough to correct it!

  10. I love the health factor of these cookies! January is definitely the month for healthy baking. They’d also be good as an afternoon snack w/tea on those days you want SUGAR but really don’t need another chocolate chip cookie (this is a message to myself). I’ve tried “breakfast” cookies before and I’ve been really disappointed with them, but it is so seldom I’m disappointed with a recipe from your site or cookbook, I’ll give these another shot soon. These would be really good with peanut butter, peanuts and a few chocolate chips (AS WELL AS blueberries, of course, not instead of) for a peanut butter-banana-chocolate healthy cookie 😀

    • I hope you try them! I had one for breakfast today and will be disappointed when the batch is gone. Though now I want to try your PB version for next week!

  11. What a coincidence–I saw something just like this at Wegmans yesterday next to the fresh blueberries. Can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

  12. I absolutely LOVE blueberries. And cookies… and well, breakfast. So yeah, I’m making this recipe :’)

  13. Hey girl – these look so yummy!

  14. These sound delicious, must try them out! Sophie x

    sophiehmstewart.com

  15. I am always in a rush in the morning so these would be a perfect addition to my on the go breakfast rotation. I love oatmeal and eat it almost everyday, but many of the instant packets are loaded with sugar so these cookies would be a great way to get my oatmeal in. I often use PB2 in recipes to replace nut butters because of the amount of fat, do you know if it would act as “flour” similar to the almond butter?

    • Hey Brittney! You’d really need some other wet ingredient in this particular recipe to help soak up the oats. So I don’t suggest using PB powder instead.

  16. I was going to make a healthy blueberry crumble recipe tonight, but think I’ll make these instead; they look soooo good! My husband leaves for work very early in the morning, and it will be nice for him to have a yummy, healthy option to have on the go. Thanks, Sally!

  17. Yes. Just yes.

  18. Hello Sally!
    Thank you for your wonderful website, it never ceases to give me a spark of desire to get in the kitchen and bake up something scrumptious, regardless of how busy, exhausting and un-motivating my life could be at the moment.

    Planning to bake these cookies tonight, if I can find ripe bananas somewhere.

    I have a silly question that’s been on my mind for a while now. Are cookie jars (the regular, ceramic, mass-produced kind) considered an airtight container? I recently swapped my go-to plastic topper ware for a gorgeous doggy-shaped ceramic jar (couldn’t resist 🙂 ), but am wondering if that’s going to dramatically decrease the “shelf life” of the goods.

    Thank you so much!

    PS: This is the first time I ever left a comment on a blog. Ha. 🙂

    • Hi Tatsiana! Thank you for saying hi today. 🙂 Does the cookie jar you purchased (so cute! a dog shape!) have a gasket? Meaning, a little rubber or silicone ring that helps seal the lid on tight? It really varies between containers if it’s a tight seal.

  19. What is “nut butter?” Almond butter?? Never heard of it. Do you buy it st regular grocery store or make it??  The breakfast cookies really sound yummy though and I want to try them soon! Thanks !
    Lolly

    • I’m simply referring to any nut butter 🙂 Peanut butter, almond butter, pecan butter, pistachio butter… I use almond butter.

  20. Wow!  That was a fast response Sally! Thank you so much! I’m gonna be out and about today and will pick up some almond butter ! I had NO idea that there was something like that on the market! I don’t use much peanut butter so I haven’t perused that aisle very much I guess?  The funny thing is, my parents ran a small town restaurant, everything was made from scratch, and I don’t remember ever hearing of Almond butter or any other kind of butter other than peanut butter, when I was a kid! And I’ve never run into it with the recipe that I was interested in before either! See how you’re educating me?? 🙂  I saved many of your recipes, I’ve made them and enjoy them very much! Thanks again !
    Lolly

  21. I am so glad the search button is fixed!  Yeah.  This is good timing because I need a breakfast gluten free food.  Bummed I used all my blueberries yesterday.  So now I have to wait to make the blueberry treats but I can bake banana chocolate chip cookies!  Thank you for including the calorie information.  Living a WW lifestyle the calorie watching a little easier!

    • I’m so glad too. It’s been bugging me FOR YEARS!

      Let me know how you like these when you try them– and how you like the banana chocolate chip version!

  22. I LOVE breakfast cookies and cannot wait to make these this weekend!

  23. Where can I find the calorie count?

  24. These sound very healthy )) They are on my list to do

  25. What can I use instead of applesauce or bananas in this cookie recipe.. or will it work without putting those in? My son is on a gluten free, dairy free, and corn free diet. Has been for the last 17 years. Anyhow we are always looking for new recipes for him and this one looks really good. Unfortunately apples, bananas and pineapple are fruit that don’t agree with him either. We found a organic oatmeal company (locally) that he buys the oatmeal from and no side effects there.

  26. I am all in for breakfast cookies! Love those giant, juicy blueberries – can’t wait to make these with fresh picked berries!

  27. These sound so good, but there is one slight problem… I absolutely hate bananas!
    Aleeha xXx
    http://www.halesaaw.com/

  28. These cookies would definitely get me out of bed faster!  These look incredible!

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