Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

Gluten-free Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies made with wholesome, healthy ingredients. You won’t miss the flour, butter, and added sugar!

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies. Dump all of the healthy ingredients into a bowl and mix! They are ready within 30 minutes. Grab them and go!

Whole grain, gluten-free, vegan, no added refined sugar, no oil, no butter, 100% clean-eating. And yes, these cookies actually taste good. Don’t believe me? I’ve made three batches in only 4 days.

The truth is, Kevin and I are both getting into training mode. He has a few bike races this spring and I recently signed up for a Baltimore 10K. We’ve both been exercising much more than usual, so these high energy cookies don’t stand a chance in our house.

Anyone else out there running or biking a race this spring?

Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies made with only a few wholesome ingredients. 1 bowl, ready in less than 25 minutes!

I consider these cookies one of the healthiest desserts I’ve ever baked.

“Healthy” is a relative term. What might be healthy to me may not be healthy to the next person. But in the cookie world? These are absolutely on the wholesome side.

The only ingredients you’ll need to whip up a batch are oats, bananas, almond butter, pure maple syrup, and some dark chocolate chips. (Plus cinnamon and sliced almonds, both optional.) That’s it. No butter, no refined sugar, no eggs, no flour. And trust me, you won’t miss any of that stuff.

Naturally sweetened, pure simple goodness. 

Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies made with only a few wholesome ingredients. 1 bowl, ready in less than 25 minutes!

I call them breakfast cookies because they have serious staying power.

No lie, I ate one with some Greek yogurt and fruit yesterday morning and wasn’t hungry again for hours. They’ll keep you fueled, full, and satisfied.

They’re dense, but not too heavy. Ultra thick, chewy, and incredibly soft without being cakey. Each bite is full of almond butter/banana flavors. The dark chocolate chips are an added bonus. And totally necessary.

These Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies are ready in under 30 minutes and you won't even miss the added fat or sugar!

You’ll find yourself making these cookies often. Why? Besides their taste, they’re so simple. Everything is mixed together in one bowl. Put everything into a bowl and mix it up until you have a very thick, sticky dough. Drop onto a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes. That’s it.

You could probably bake these cookies in your sleep. Though I wouldn’t recommend it, it’s entirely possible. I’m surprised I don’t sleep-bake by now.

A few things to note about these banana chocolate chip breakfast cookies:

  • Use homemade almond butter or storebought. If you don’t want to use almond butter, use peanut butter. Natural or non-natural.
  • Use ripe bananas. The riper, the more brown-speckled, the better your cookies will taste. Do not use previously frozen, thawed bananas. I’ve tried it and the results are not good.
  • Leave out the sliced almonds if you prefer. Add your favorite dried fruits or nuts instead.

The cookie dough! I’m embarrassed how much I ate between all 4 batches. You might not even want to bake the actual cookies… so, consider yourself warned.

These Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies are ready in under 30 minutes and you won't even miss the added fat or sugar!

Also important: Just like my regular Breakfast Cookies – you will need to use quick oats, not old fashioned rolled oats in this recipe.

Why quick oats? Because quick oats are more powdery, more finely cut, and will soak up more of the wet ingredients – thus creating a workable dough. The quick oats will bind your dough together better than whole oats would.

If you don’t have quick oats on hand, no worries! You can make your own. See the note at the bottom of the recipe.

These Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies are ready in under 30 minutes and you won't even miss the added fat or sugar!

What’s the taste testers’ verdict on these cookies? Well obviously I really love them. In all their naturally sweetened, wholesome glory.

But Kevin took a couple of these cookies to work and told me his coworkers said they tasted like my sugary, buttery chewy chocolate chunk cookies. Ha! I don’t know how – they have almond butter, banana, and oats in them… but I’ll take it!

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Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 10-11 cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Gluten-free banana chocolate chip breakfast cookies made with wholesome, healthy ingredients. You won’t miss the flour, butter, and added sugar! Please use certified gluten free oats to assure cookies are GF. Use dairy-free chocolate chips to assure cookies are vegan.


Ingredients

  • 2 and 1/3 cups (190g) quick oats* (not whole oats)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (250g) homemade or your favorite almond butter*
  • 1/4 cup (82g) pure maple syrup (or honey)
  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
  • 1/3 cup (60g) dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • optional: 1/3 cup (33g) sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients into a large bowl. Using a large rubber spatula or wooden spoon, mix until all of the ingredients are thoroughly combined. The dough will be sticky and thick.
  3. Each cookie will be 3 Tablespoons of dough. Drop this amount onto prepared cookie sheet and slightly flatten the tops into desired thickness. The cookies will not spread in the oven.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes until edges are very slightly brown. Don’t bake any longer or the cookies will taste dry. Allow to cool on the cookie sheets completely. Cookies stay fresh at room temperature for 1 week.

Notes

  1. Freezing Instructions: Cookies can be frozen up to 3 months, then thawed overnight in the refrigerator before enjoying.
  2. Oats: Be sure to use quick oats in this recipe. Quick oats are more finely ground up whole oats, so they are slightly powdery. They are sold right next to the whole oats. You may not even notice there are two kinds of oats in the first place! You may make quick oats at home – simply measure 2 and 1/3 cups of whole oats and pulse in the blender or food processor about 5 times.
  3. Nut Butter: You can use your favorite peanut butter (or soy nut butter, sunflower seed butter) instead of almond butter. For peanut butter: homemade honey roasted, creamy, crunchy, natural (non-oily) or non-natural are all OK.

Keywords: banana breakfast cookies, breakfast cookies

Q: What do you listen to when you run/workout?

When I run outside, I don’t listen to any music. But during these cold winter months when it’s dipping below 20 degrees (last week it was 5), I hit the treadmill. And when I’m on the hamster wheel, I need some tunes to stay sane.

Some favorites:

  • Triple Double by Girl Talk – I like all his music, especially his All Day album
  • Young Blood by The Naked & Famous
  • I Know The Truth by Pretty Lights (only if you like electronic music!)
  • Pursuit Of Happiness (Extended Steve Aoki Remix) by Kid Cudi (old song, but this particular remix is great)
  • Better Things by Passion Pit
  • Zero by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Electric Feel by MGMT
  • Scars by Basement Jaxx
  • Renegade by Styx (can’t beat this classic)
  • Flux by Bloc Party

Please share some of your favorites! I’m always looking for new tunes when I workout.

These Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies are ready in under 30 minutes and you won't even miss the added fat or sugar!

302 Comments

  1. I love making healthier cookies (that way I can have more)!

    They look great and very cool that homemade AB has enough binder/’glue’ in it to help these set up and not fall apart. I worry about homemade nut butters and baking. You never know when it’s safe and not. Good to know here!

    Running tunes. Most of the time I run without music for safety reasons so I can be fully alert but if I do run with tunes, they’re all over the map. Usually hard core stuff to keep me motivated. By mile 8, some bada$$ tunes can do wonders 🙂

    1. I used to run with headphones outside, but now I don’t. I like listening to the things around me (and yes, for safety too!). But when I’m on the treadmill – I need loud pump-up music for sure! I get so bored.

  2. Ooh these sound perfect! I just finished training for, and racing, the Cadbury Half Marathon. I wish I’d had these for breakfast before my long runs!
    It’s a good thing that training is never really over so I can totally justify these as a breakfast all year round. Sending the recipe onto my sister as we’ll 🙂
    Good luck in your training Sally!

    1. Congrats on your half, Amy! I have yet to run a half. Just a 10-miler under my belt. But hopefully one day I will run a half or even a full. Who knows. Hope you and your sis enjoy these cookies!

  3. So cool that you are doing a 10k!
    I’m not much of a runner, more into the weight lifting and I always just listen to the (terrible!) music at the gym, so no help on the tune-age sorry girl!
    I just tried Almond butter for the first time when I made some breakfast cookies a few days back and it is delish! I mean, I still adore PB, but there is definitely a new kid in town. I can’t even imagine how good it would be with banana and chocolate chips. These look fantastic Sally!
    As usual 🙂

    1. Taylor, it sounds like you’d love these cookies. I’ve tried them with peanut butter too – so good, as you can imagine. I need to start weight lifting more. I always feel so good when I get into it for awhile!

  4. Hi, these look great! I will definitely be trying these this week 🙂 I was just wondering whether you could substitute the maple syrup for something else? Good luck with the 10k!

  5. Aw man, Sally – these look delicious! I’m so making these when I get off work today! The forecast calls for ice and snow here in south AL and that just makes me want to bake and watch the weather all day – my two favorite things!

  6. I love healthier cookies and these just sound wonderful. Healthy cookie = eating more than one!

    Just looking at the ingredients that seems very healthy to me, Sally. Good luck with your 10K! 🙂

    1. Thanks Chelsea! It’s a little early to begin training for a 6 mile race, but I’m using it as motivation to run more now! Hope you try these cookies sometime.

  7. The only down side is that I definitely have a few more days to wait until my bananas are ready! These are some of my most favorite flavors and I can’t wait to try them. Another beautiful recipe, Sally! And I CANNOT wait for your cook book 🙂 Just a side note: I’m sitting up in bed typing this because the first thing I do when I wake up in the mornings is check your blog (yes, before my email).

    1. Hayley, this makes me smile. The first thing I do in the morning is check my website too – to make sure it’s running smoothly. So we have that in common! You’ll have to let me know what recipe you make first from my cookbook!

  8. I love having a breakfast I can look forward to–it gets me out of bed on freeeeeezing days like today. RE: Songs-. I love passion pit for running too! Check out their song “Sleepy Head.” Also, I totally go for Katy Perry “Roar.” It’s cheesy and makes me fist pump. #win.

      1. Thanks! But what do I do with the dried fruit? Which ones? And do I blend them as well? And what quantities for this recipe?
        Regards
        Natalie

      2. I would stir in 1/3 cup of your favorite dried fruit like dried cranberries, raisins, dried pineapple, mango, etc. Whatever you like best.

  9. YUM. I’ve been in a breakfast rut so these will be a delicious change!

    I love how you added the music you listen to. You should do that at the end of all your “healthy” posts! I’m always looking for music to add to my workout playlist. (You don’t HAVE TO, of course XD) I’m just a shameless music stealer.

    1. Haha well Audrey, if you have any music favorites feel free to let me know or email me. I’m always looking for some new stuff to pump me up.

  10. Yumm! They sound delicious, Sally! I increased my sport program this year and these are the perfect little snack befor (and after ;)) my workout! Love them!

    If you can’t get ripe bananas (which is kind of impossible over here during winter season) and don’t want to wait ages until they brown, just stick them in the oven for 10 min (5min each side) at 175°C. They come out brown, soft and deliciously sweet.

    1. Nice tip about the bananas Jenni, I appreciate that! Sometimes I have to wait days for mine to ripen. Hope you try these cookies!

  11. I love having breakfast cookies around the house! That way when I get a sweets craving (which is pretty often) I can indulge without feeling guilty. Love the combo of bananas and choc chips in these bfast cookies so I have a feeling I will be trying these soon! 😀

  12. AWESOME!!! It’s like you looked on my counter at the bananas and read my thoughts about not wanting to use flour!! Thanks!! “Cold” day in Buffalo today so this is what the kids and I are going to make!!

  13. Love the idea of a healthy breakfast cookie! I get so bored of my regular oatmeal brekkies. Coincidentally, I just saw a very similar recipe on another blog so I think they must be calling my name! Love the addition of maple syrup and chocolate in yours!

  14. Any excuse to eat cookies for breakfast is fine by me! I love eating something with oats because, you’re right, it keeps you so full and satisfied all day!

  15. I can’t wait to try these! I’ve been getting sick of my breakfast routine, so these look like a great alternative.

    It looks like you and I have similar taste in music! That said, do you listen to Tegan and Sara? I’m loving their latest album, “Heartthrob.” There are a couple great, upbeat workout tracks on there!

    1. Madeleine, I’ve never listened to Tegan and Sara before but I’m going to check them out and that song in particular. Thanks for the suggestion!

  16. Great Recipe sally! Do you think you could substitute the almond butter for soy nut butter? I work at a peanut free school and would love to make these for the kids!

  17. Question, what brand of maple syrup and almond butter did you use. I’ve never tried almond butter but I’ve heard good things. Thanks! Happy running!

    1. Hey Lori! I made 4 batches of these cookies. I used my homemade almond butter (linked in the recipe) for 3 batches of these and Skippy Natural Peanut Butter for the 4th batch I made. I do know that Jif Creamy Almond Butter works wonderfully in recipes like this. For pure maple syrup, I used Trader Joes Organic.

  18. I downloaded an app called FitRadio for running / working out – I love it! Its a free app and you can chose what genre of music you listen to (anything from top 40 to electronica to country, to rock … even holiday themed!). All songs are mixed and the music has no breaks! 🙂

  19. These look delicious! I’m definitely going to try them, I think with natural, smooth peanut butter. No races coming up until the summer but working out a lot and I think these would make a great mid-morning refuel snack and keep me from reaching for something less-healthy. Thanks for the great recipe!

  20. I love hearty breakfast cookies! It makes me feel like I am indulging but really it’s healthy…will be perfect with Greek yogurt!! I need to start training for a 5K mighty run this summer with my SIL but been slacking due to the 5 below weather. Good luck with the 10K!! PS: I was just in DC-Virginia this weekend visiting my best friend and drove through Baltimore. Never knew you lived down there. MD is my second home 🙂

    1. Yeah! I do live in Baltimore. I used to live in the city but now I live just outside of it. I’m on the city quite often though. Love it here! Good luck with your training, Zainab! It’s motivating to have a race to look forward to, but I agree – can’t run outside in this bitter, -10 degree windchill weather.

  21. I cannot wait for Spring for the sheer reason to ride my bike again! I love long bike rides. Doesn’t seem like working out 🙂 And we both have a reason to want to get active…we both have weddings to look fabulous for!

  22. Thank you for this recipe! I just made them with my 3 year old & we loved eating some batter! I used half almond half peanut butter & added some vanilla 😉 I just discovered your blog before Christmas & love it. Your recipes seem well thought out & just super awesome. I made your white chocolate macadamia cookies for my Christmas cookie plates & they were a hit. Thank you for also posting healthy recipes like this one to balance out the sugar ones! 😉 I am always looking for healthy snacks!

    1. Thanks Beth Anne! This comment was so nice to read this afternoon. I’m glad that you already made these breakfast cookies and that and your three year old loved them. Eating the batter is necessary of course. I only got 8 cookies in one of the batches I made because I “sampled” so much of the batter! Anyway, I love those white chocolate macadamia nut cookies too. Happy you enjoy some healthy recipes every now and then!

  23. Hi Sally, these cookies look great and I lover your blog! But I was wondering if I could leave you a bit of a challenge; my little brother is allergic to dairy, wheat, maize (corn, oats, rice etc.) and soya. We make everything from scratch and I’m always looking for new recipes to try for him. Luckily he is allowed nuts and we also have a very special sort of flour which he is allowed but unfortunately it has a strong rather unpleasant taste so we prefer to not use it or only use very small amounts of it combined with strong flavours. Do you have any other ideas for cakes / sweet breads / muffins / snacks that we could make for him?

    P.S. I am allergic to dairy and soya but I love almond butter! Can’t wait to try making my own then making you’re flourless almond butter chocolate chip cookies for everyone! ( I just hope my brother likes almond butter as much as me! )

    1. Hi Izzy! I would check out my gluten free and vegan recipe pages. You will certianly find a few recipe ideas that would fit into what you are looking for.

      https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/category/vegan/
      https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/category/gluten-free/

      I love those flour less almond butter cookies. I have a feeling you will too!

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