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. These look delicious as they are, but I am already thinking of ways to adapt them for some variety, too. Can’t wait to try them!

  2. These are the cookies I make for the little ones I nanny for and they just love them. I’ve been making a version with honey, and sometimes yogurt too and I love serving them these instead of packaged snacks. Plus, they love helping make the cookies 🙂

  3. Yay another healthy treat recipe. Thanks Sally! I just signed up for the spring London 10k too so will be making these as fuel!

  4. These look delicious! I am a sucker for anything with maple syrup ;). And oats! Wow, I hope you have fun doing your 10K! I’ve always wanted to do a race like that, but I have totally screwy knees from when I was a gymnast. 🙁 The only long-distance running I can do is on the elliptical. My playlist is lots of old stuff…Def Leppard, INXS, and other stuff my parents listened to when I was a kid 🙂 I’m 25, but I’m old in my music taste, haha. I got the bookplate in the mail…thank you SO MUCH, Sally! 😀

  5. These look amazing Sally! Can’t wait to try them! I’m loving all your healthy recipes this month! 🙂

  6. My daughter has a peanut and nut allergy. Could you use regular butter in place of the almond butter or do you have a better suggestion?

    1. Hi Jennifer – perhaps try using 1 cup of sunflower seed butter. I do not recommend 1 cup of actual butter in this recipe. Try these cookies – no nut butter at all: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/01/08/healthy-oatmeal-raisinet-cookies/

  7. Why oh why don’t I like bananas? These cookies look delicious, and I love how healthy and filling they are! Plus, cookies for breakfast sounds like a fabulous idea to me. I might just have to convince myself that I do in fact like bananas! One of my favorite songs for the treadmill is Breathe by Fabolous – it has a great beat for running!

  8. Hmm, something I’ve been thinking about for awhile and I now have to ask, have you ever made or considered making maple butter/maple cream? Since I see that a great deal of your healthier recipes use maple syrup as a sweetener, I have to think that taking the next step into maple butter/cream would make for a new texture sensation you could use in your recipes.

    1. I have not, Kelsey! My grandmother used to make maple butter and I dream about it to this day. So good. I may try it someday.

  9. have these in the oven! used one large banana…half cup applesauce…peanut butter and dark chocolate chips. smell delish and cant wait to try!!

  10. Healthy IS a relative term, but whatever you want to call these, I’m just going to call them freaking amazing. As I’m struggling with some unknown food allergies right now, recipes like this (GF, few ingredients, etc.) are just what I need. Love the melty chocolate! (confession; I do sprinkle chocolate chips in my granola … oops:)

  11. I am so excited to try these! Your regular breakfast cookies are a hot commodity in our house! They fueled many runs and were even packed up with me for my last half marathon!

    Now I just need to wait for those darn bananas to ripen!

    1. My regular breakfast cookies are a favorite here too. I have a ton of them in the freezer right now (along with a couple of these cookies too). Try putting your bananas in a brown paper bag, sealed tightly. That helps them ripen quicker. 😉

  12. Were Kevin’s coworkers the same ones who thought your gluten-free almond butter cookies were oatmeal ones?? 😉 But still, that’s quite a compliment! And I am ALL for eating cookies for breakfast. If coffee cake is acceptable, and so are muffins (basically cupcakes without the frosting), why wouldn’t cookies be a perfect morning meal?

    Good luck in your 10K!! That sounds so exciting — and like the perfect motivation to get out and run in the chilly winter weather! I’ve only run in a relay race before (12 runners per team, 180 miles), but I’ve really wanted to sign up for a regular race. I’m just worried that a set training schedule would take the fun out of running for me!

    1. No those were his other friends. But they’re all guys and I feel like a cookie is a cookie to them. No matter what kind it is. You really have to be careful with racing. I signed up for a half marathon a few years ago and began to resent running all together because it was hard for me to find time to train adequately. It became a chore. And once running becomes a chore to me, I know something is wrong because I love doing it. When I race, I make sure the distances are short because otherwise the fun kind of dwindles for me.

      1. As long as the cookies are good, that’s all that matters! 😉 Thanks for the advice about racing. I had a similar experience 2 years ago; I signed up for a half and began hating the training. When I accidentally overdid it on one run and hurt my back so I couldn’t run long distances for a while, I was almost relieved! I gave my bib to someone else, who really enjoyed the race. It was the best possible ending!

  13. I made similar cookies last year and cannot believe I have not made them since. Healthy banana cookies are the best and I cannot wait to try out your recipe. They look so good! Perfect for an after run snack!!

    I am not really a runner, but I hike pretty much every single day. I love going music free and just being outside. To me, it is the best! I do love your running playlist though! Congrats on signing up for a 10k!

  14. wooooonnnderful ! I am trying those this week !!!! I’m actually training for Paris’ half marathon on the 2nd of March (must have been high when i registered full of confidence) …im gonna need training clothes with bigger pockets cause there re probably gonna by filled with those cookies !

    1. Hahahahaha. I wish my running shorts had pockets because I honestly would take these cookies with me on my runs. I need to buy new running shorts, I suppose. Good luck in your half Mo!

  15. These look so good! Looks like I’m going to the grocery store in the morning!! As for the workout tunes I love ZZ Ward she has a good beat in her songs it keeps me going. I like man hater music during workouts too (like Pink and Carrie Underwood) 😉 Take care!

  16. Sally! Two words: MIND MELD. I have 4 overripe bananas sitting on my counter and was just contemplating roasted banana toasted coconut dark chocolate bread again, but I wanted something different and started searching–get this–banana cookies. Didn’t find anything I liked. Came to my feed and found this. Oh, and I just signed up for my first-ever half-marathon TO TAKE PLACE AT DISNEYLAND, so I’m going the high-energy route for training, and these will be *perfecto.* Mind-meld, girl!

  17. Hi! Love this recipe and will be trying it for sure. I’ve just written a post about my favourite blogs and have featured you, thanks for being awesome and keep it up! Kim x

  18. I made these the other day, and they are amazing! I’ve seen two ingredient (banana and oats) cookies before, but they are nothing compared to these!

  19. These cookies were just what I needed to get myself out of my Clif Mountain Mix Bar/Kashi cereal breakfast rut.

    I used cocoa coconut Barney Butter and added the slivered almonds (love the crunch they provide) and they turned out so flavorful and wonderfully moist. Was the perfect breakfast with some greek yogurt.

    I wonder if they could also be made in an 8 X 8 pan and sliced into bars?

    1. Definitely! Bee, I’ve made my original Breakfast cookies (similar recipes) in an 8×8 dish with no problem. I can’t remember the baking time though. I think 25 minutes? Enjoy!

  20. These look like a perfect post run snack. Have you ever done Broad Street? It is seriously the most fun race ever. I’m looking foreword to Broad Street as well as a half this spring.

  21. I LOVE breakfast cookies! I’m definitely making these tonight; there are some brown bananas just waiting to be used! 😉
    Good luck with your 10K! My feet abhor running any more than 5 miles at a time, so I usually stick with 5Ks. In regards to running tunes, I suggest “This is Gospel” by Panic! at the Disco, “R U Mine?” by Arctic Monkeys, “Everybody Say Yeah” from the Kinky Boots original Broadway cast recording, and “Diane Young” by Vampire Weekend!

  22. Love these healthy breakfast cookies, Sally! Bananas + chocolate chips + almond butter = my favorite!

    I’m so excited for cookbook by the way. 🙂

    As far as running music – I LOVE Imagine Dragons, Dark Horse by Katy Perry, GroupLove, and Trojans by Atlas Genius.

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