Good Morning Sunshine Breakfast Cookies

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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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KitchenAid Stand Mixer | 5-qt Tilt-Head Glass Measuring BowlSilpat Baking Mat | Cookie Sheet | Cooling Rack | Glass Mugs

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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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  1. Just made these. They are quite good. Next time I would bake them longer, as they seem to stay pretty soft. I also wonder how the fresh blueberries are going to hold up in the cookies, in terms of storage. But the fresh berries, which are in season right now as I write this, sure give them a juicy burst. I think for longer storage I would go with dried berries.

    1. Nut butter is the main ingredient, so I don’t suggest switching out. Sunflower seed butter would be excellent or any other nut butter.

  2. Sound like a good alternative to granola, thanks! Do you think I could swap out half of the almond butter for Kodiak Cakes protein-packed flapjack mix? (In place of flour)? 
    I also thought after I make these with honey and blueberries, I might make them with pumpkin instead of bananas, and maple syrup (and pecans–I usually leave nuts out of breakfast food) for a more Fall-themed cookie. What do you think?

  3. Hi Sally, do you know the Saturated Fat and Sugar content in these breakfast cookies? I could calculate it if you tell me how to do so…I am trying to keep to a somewhat Weight Watcher daily plan so that information would help. Thank you

  4. These were wonderful! Soft and filling…perfect of breakfast. Kids loved them.  Only negative…They didn’t stay together very well. Still, we will make them again. Thanks!!

  5. I made this recipe with my daughter last week. I thought they were good, not great. I followed the recipe exactly, using frozen blueberries. My family didn’t like them. My husband doesn’t like nut butters, so I didn’t expect him to like them. He said he liked the flavor until he could taste the peanut butter. 😛

    The kids didn’t care for them either. I think it was the oatmeal, maybe?

  6. Ok trying these now as I struggle to get my teenage daughter to eat breakfast so if “cookies” are on the menu then maybe she will bite! What are your feelings on the Trader Joes Wild dried blueberries? I find that they are sweet and plump…quite addicting to be honest. But I wonder how they would hold up in these cookies.

  7. I have made these 4xs in the last two weeks. Huge hit with the family and you are right..they don’t last long.  We made some minor tweaks to the recipe to maximize scrumptiousness….additional 2TBPS of honey and the Trader Joes blueberries are the BOMB! Flavorful and plump. I will also tossed in a little bit of vanilla protein powder if I am feeling crazy. Thanks for this fabulous recipe …neighbors are now demanding them!

    1. I’ve used both– recipe seems to be great with either, though the cookies taste a little more moist when made with processed.

  8. YUM! I took these with me this morning and found I didn’t even want to stop by fast food (not even for Diet Coke!). A good breakfast helped me eat healthier all day and the juiciness of the fresh berry was a great surprise
    Thank you for sharing this

    1. Yes, I freeze them all the time! Cookies freeze well for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature, if desired, before enjoying.

  9. I’d like to make a batch of these to freeze before baby #2 arrives this winter so I have some easy breakfast options (I’ve read your meal prep post!). My husband doesn’t care for blueberries (sad face from me) but my older son and I do, so majority may rule! However, are there any other fruits you’ve tried that may work? If not, no worries. Thanks!

    1. Hi Susan! I baked these before my baby was born last year and I still make them all the time to store in the freezer. They’re the best freezer food for quick breakfasts! I love using dried fruits like raisins, chopped dried apricots, dried cherries, dried cranberries, chopped dried figs and dates, dried apple, etc. For fresh fruit, the only alternative I’ve tried is diced apple.

      1. I finally made these today and was very pleased! I used the following subs: peanut butter for almond butter, egg and applesauce for bananas, and apples for blueberries. It made 16 instead of 12, so plenty to taste test before freezing. ☺ A great easy homemade alternative to processed bars! Thank you!

  10. Made these today and they are delish! I didn’t have blueberries on hand, so used a combination of dried cranberries and chopped dried apricots. Used a tiny bit less oatmeal because I wanted to add pumpkin seeds and flax seeds in addition to nuts and didn’t want the cookies to be dry. No ripe bananas, so used the applesauce and egg substitution in the recipe. It’s a fun change from muffins for a grab-and-go breakfast. Next time I’ll make them vegan and nut-free to share with our neighbors — sunflower butter, banana, sunflower and pumpkin and flax seeds instead of nuts. Thank you for the easy, adaptable, yummy recipe!

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  1. YUM! I took these with me this morning and found I didn’t even want to stop by fast food (not even for Diet Coke!). A good breakfast helped me eat healthier all day and the juiciness of the fresh berry was a great surprise
    Thank you for sharing this

  2. I finally made these today and was very pleased! I used the following subs: peanut butter for almond butter, egg and applesauce for bananas, and apples for blueberries. It made 16 instead of 12, so plenty to taste test before freezing. ☺ A great easy homemade alternative to processed bars! Thank you!

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    1. Yes, I freeze them all the time! Cookies freeze well for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature, if desired, before enjoying.

  1. I’d like to make a batch of these to freeze before baby #2 arrives this winter so I have some easy breakfast options (I’ve read your meal prep post!). My husband doesn’t care for blueberries (sad face from me) but my older son and I do, so majority may rule! However, are there any other fruits you’ve tried that may work? If not, no worries. Thanks!

    1. Hi Susan! I baked these before my baby was born last year and I still make them all the time to store in the freezer. They’re the best freezer food for quick breakfasts! I love using dried fruits like raisins, chopped dried apricots, dried cherries, dried cranberries, chopped dried figs and dates, dried apple, etc. For fresh fruit, the only alternative I’ve tried is diced apple.

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