Good Morning Sunshine Breakfast Cookies
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!
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 these, these, 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.
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.
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
- 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)
- Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
- 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).
- 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.
- Bake for 18-21 minutes until lightly browned on the sides.
- Remove from the oven and let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
- 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.
- 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.
- These cookies are gluten free if you use certified GF oats.
- You can leave out the nuts or use any chopped nut you like best. Or sub in dried cranberries, raisins, or sunflower seeds.
- 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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*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.
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