Breakfast Cookies

These breakfast cookies are loaded with banana, oats, whole wheat flour, flaxseed, peanut butter, figs, and chocolate chips to make a satisfying, filling breakfast. Kids love ’em. Sorta like granola cookies.

A cookie sheet with six breakfast cookies with oats, banana, figs, and peanut butter.

In the words of one of our recipe testers, “Breakfast cookies are hard. You want them to be healthy so you feel virtuous about starting the day on the right foot, but you still want your breakfast to taste good. These cookies leave you feeling slightly virtuous (flax!) yet slightly naughty (CHOCOLATE!).” Think of them as granola bars but in cookie form. That’s what you get with this breakfast cookies recipe. And you can feel free to tweak the recipe a little to suit your tastes, whether by adding walnuts, skipping the flax, tossing in some pumpkin seeds, maybe even upping the amount of banana or egg for a moister cookie.–Renee Schettler Rossi

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Breakfast Cookies

A cookie sheet with six breakfast cookies with oats, banana, figs, and peanut butter.
These breakfast cookies are loaded with banana, oats, whole wheat flour, flaxseed, peanut butter, figs, and chocolate chips to make a satisfying, filling breakfast. Kids love ’em. Sorta like granola cookies.

Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins
Total 1 hr
20 cookies
118 kcal
4.45 / 9 votes
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  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup ground flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 very ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup stemmed and chopped dried figs (preferably Turkish)
  • 1/4 cup chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF (177ºC). Line a couple baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, flaxseed, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  • In a smaller bowl, mix together the mashed bananas, egg, coconut oil, peanut butter, and vanilla extract.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just combined. Stir in the figs and chocolate until evenly combined.
  • Scoop out the dough 2 tablespoons at a time and place the blobs on the baking sheets, spacing the cookies 2 inches apart. Gently press the blobs of cookie dough to flatten slightly as the cookies will not spread at all. Bake until the cookies are set and slightly golden at the edges, 10 to 15 minutes. (Most of our cookies came out done at 12 minutes, but start checking them at 10 minutes.)
  • Remove the baking sheets from the oven and let the cookies cool on the sheet. These breakfast cookies are best when eaten the first or second day but can be stored in a sealed bag or container for up to 5 days.
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Serving: 1cookieCalories: 118kcal (6%)Carbohydrates: 18g (6%)Protein: 3g (6%)Fat: 5g (8%)Saturated Fat: 2g (13%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mg (3%)Sodium: 70mg (3%)Potassium: 177mg (5%)Fiber: 3g (13%)Sugar: 7g (8%)Vitamin A: 22IUVitamin C: 1mg (1%)Calcium: 32mg (3%)Iron: 1mg (6%)

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Recipe Testers’ Reviews

I can never make these breakfast cookies again. Because then I would eat them. All. By. Myself.

I am a huge fan of breakfast cookies like these—you know, feels healthy but tastes like a treat. My only critique of this breakfast cookies recipe would be that the cookies were a tiny bit dry, and I actually think I might add either an extra banana or egg or more coconut oil to help with that. I think these would work well as “bars” and want to try them like that (but then I would have to eat them all). I found them a little difficult to eat as cookies because they were a little dry, but the flavors were spot-on.

I used 1/3 cup dried cherries instead of figs and they were amazing with the chocolate. I then added 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds and enjoyed the extra crunch they gave the cookies.

Healthy cookies? I almost looked the other way, but I’m so glad I didn’t because this breakfast cookies recipe is very good, especially for having no butter and very little oil or sugar. They’re very much like oatmeal cookies except a little more cake-like in texture. Also, what a great way to use overripe bananas! I hate throwing away my overripe bananas, and there are only so many one can freeze. I’m so glad I made these.

The flavor profile of these breakfast cookies reminds me of an oatmeal cookie. The texture is somewhat cake-like but satisfying.

Two tips: With the back of a spoon, spread the scooped unbaked batter to resemble a cookie instead of a blob since the cookies don’t spread out while baking, and check these after 10 minutes in the oven. To save a bowl, I mixed the wet ingredients first, added the dry ingredients next, and then folded in the dried figs and chocolate last. I added walnuts instead of flax, and I liked the flavor.

When I was pulling these out of the oven, my teenager walked in the door and tried one of these without even knowing what the ingredients were. He detected the banana right away, saw the remaining cut-up figs on the counter, and said “Ew, there are figs in these?” He grabbed a glass of milk and proceeded to eat it as well as another. Teenager approved! I already know what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow…with coffee…mmm. (These breakfast cookies remained moist up until the 5th day, when we ran out.)

These breakfast cookies were a hit among my tasters. They’re satisfying in many ways—the crunchy texture from the rolled oats, the familiar aroma of banana bread, the rich chocolate, the chewy dried figs. And the abundant fiber helps keep you full for a long time.

The recipe is user-friendly in that you can be flexible with some of the ingredients—replace figs with other dried fruits, etc. In fact, I didn’t have whole-wheat pastry flour, so I used regular whole-wheat flour for my cookies.

My gut feeling is that one can be very flexible with regard to the types of fat you use. You basically need a total of 1/4 cup fat as the recipe calls for 2 tablespoons coconut oil and 2 tablespoons peanut butter. I don’t always have coconut oil, in which case I would use 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter or mild oil such as canola or grapeseed in its place.

The dough is very soft—it’s really more like a batter. My only complaint was that it was awkward to drop the very wet dough onto the baking sheet using the 2-spoon method. And when baking the dough as cookies, it’s hard to tell when the cookies turn “slightly golden,” as they’re already quite brown unbaked. Baking them as breakfast bars in a 9-by-9-inch square pan solved that problem. Just scrape the batter into a baking dish as you would brownies. My bars baked perfectly at 350°F degrees in 20 minutes. Both the cookies and bars keep well at room temperature in a tightly sealed container or bag for 5 days without any compromise in taste or texture.

This tasted sort of like a baked granola bar, with the addition of dark chocolate adding just the right amount of indulgent sweetness.

There are a few things I really like about this breakfast cookies recipe. First, flexibility. Given the “healthy” nature of this recipe and its primary ingredients, it lends itself to whatever you have on hand in your pantry on any particular day. For example, I didn’t have whole-wheat pastry flour so I used regular whole-wheat and subbed almond butter for peanut butter. You could also play around with the choice of dried fruit and with the addition of other ingredients such as almonds, toasted coconut, etc.

Second, ease. Without having to cream butter and use 2 types of sugar, this is a quite an easy cookie recipe. It took me about 25 minutes hands-on time.

Third, taste. These are certainly not an indulgent chocolate chip cookie, but for what they promise to be—a healthy cookie—they do a nice job.

Originally published May 13, 2020


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  1. 5 stars
    This are a huge hit and now regular for our breakfast rotation. I baked in a square pan as suggested above (25 minutes), omitted brown sugar, used dates instead of figs (because we keep dates for other recipes), used mini choc. chips, and sub almond flour for the wheat flour (more protein). These changes worked well, bars are lightly sweet, protein rich, and satisfying.

    1. Janet, I’m really sorry to hear that. They’re not like regular cookies, true. So many of us who have made them really like them. If you like the oatmeal in these cookies, have you tried any of these recipes? They’re more traditional cookies and are chewier and gooeier and butterier…
      Oatmeal Cookies
      Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
      Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies

  2. Question for you — since flaxmeal acts as a egg substitute, do you think these would work without the eggs? I would probably hydrate the flaxmeal on its own before adding it to the mixture, as you do when making a “flax egg.”

    1. 3 stars
      I accidentally left out the egg and texture did not suffer at all. I actually kinda prefer it less soft and cakey since I added the egg back to subsequent batches and was able to compare. My kids prefer the almond butter breakfast cookies on Simply Recipes over this one, but glad I finally tried it bc the adults are enjoying it. (Left cookie has no egg, right cookie-egg added in)

      1. Thanks, Tiffany. That’s really helpful information for the many people who need to avoid eggs. Thanks for taking the time to compare and share the results.

    2. Hi Aravis, I worry a bit about omitting the egg just because it is such a good binding agent. I am curious about your substitution though. If you try using a flax egg, please let us know how it turns out.

  3. I have a son who hates breakfast and it totally stresses me out because I worry he cannot think in the mornings on an empty stomach. I just showed him this recipe, he said he promised to eat at least one before school every day. Fingers crossed and I will let you know. I plan to make them tomorrow as soon as I get the ingredients. I live in France and all the stores are closed on Sunday afternoon, otherwise I would run out now!!

      1. 5 stars
        THANK YOU!! I made them yesterday and they were a hit! I had to wait 4 days for the green bananas to get ripe enough to mash up but it was definitely worth the wait. My son who often leaves for school on an empty stomach ate three of your cookies this morning. I think we have a winner!!!!

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