Banana Breakfast Cookies

These breakfast cookies are deliciously moist & soft! A healthy cookie that my kids love any time of day! Made with simple ingredients yet these pack tons of flavor!

How to Make Banana Breakfast Cookies

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Cookies for breakfast?!  Heck yeah!  One of my besties, Erin, gave me this recipe and told me I had to try them!  We adapted it slightly but we love them so much, such an easy recipe and a great on the go snack or breakfast!

This is our new favorite way to use up ripe bananas…  and when I make these they definitely end up being ‘anytime’ cookies instead of breakfast cookies!  The texture is deliciously moist and soft, similar to a banana bread.  The chocolate chips are optional and while I realize they aren’t the most “healthy” addition the kids love them and it makes these yummy cookies taste like a real treat!  You could certainly replace them with extra raisins, dried fruit or whatever additions your family likes best!  We’ve used almond milk because we always have it on hand but again, you can use whatever type of milk you like best.

These cookies contain no added fats, no butter, no oil and no white or brown sugar (unless you add the chocolate chips) but they DO contain tons of flavor and are really delicious!

These breakfast cookies are deliciously moist & soft! A healthy cookie that my kids love any time of day! Made with simple ingredients yet these pack tons of flavor!

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Quick Cooking Oats * Parchment Paper * Baking Pan *

Banana Breakfast Cookies

Cookies for breakfast?!  Heck yeah!  One of my besties, Erin, gave me this recipe and told me I had to try them!  We adapted it slightly but we love them so much, such an easy recipe and a great on the go snack or breakfast!

Did you make this recipe?

Ingredients:

  • 3 bananas , mashed
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined.
  3. Place heaping tablespoons on a parchment lined pan and gently press with a fork.
  4. Bake 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely.
  5. Store in the refrigerator up to 4 days.

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Below are the nutrition facts for this recipe including all ingredients listed (including chocolate chips).  Please note this nutrition information is per cookie based on this recipe making 24 cookies.  Your nutrition information may vary based on modifications made or brand of product.  Enjoy!

Banana Breakfast Cookies

These breakfast cookies are deliciously moist & soft! A healthy cookie that my kids love any time of day! Made with simple ingredients yet these pack tons of flavor!

Holly Nilsson

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

211 comments on “Banana Breakfast Cookies”

  1. can you use regular milk?

  2. Those look delicious. Just wondering how much of difference does making them without the raisins make?

  3. Can you only use quick cooking oats?

  4. Could these possibly be made into bars instead of cookies?

  5. I love these, I make a batch and stick them in the freezer and pull them as needed. They are quick and easy to make.

  6. Can you give us the nutritional count please.

  7. Just made these. My house smells so delicious and the kids love them!

  8. any way to get the nutritional value for the breakfast cookies? They look yummy.
    Love you site and recipes.

    • Thank you Roberta! I would suggest using myfitnesspal.com to get nutritional information. They make it very easy and it’s free. You can just pop the link into their recipe builder to get the information.

      • Basically no protein a.k.a too much carbohydrate. You would need to eat something in addition to avoid insulin spike…

        • You could add a scoop of protein powder

        • We follow the starch solution diet by Dr McDougal and I got my mom off her insulin. I make an oatmeal muffin that is simular but has added sugar added 1/2 cup for 12 and i have her numbers in the 110s to 130s.

          • So do you think these will be okay for your mom to eat? My 18 year old granddaughter is away at college and doesn’t have time before her first class to eat breakfast so right now she is eating a granola bar, which is very costly and I’m sure not good for her with diabetes. The bar has pretty much the same ingredients as these cookies so I think she’d like them. She said they have a roomy little refrigerator so she’d be able to store them. Going to try making them and when she comes home for Labor Day weekend, see if she likes them…thanks everyone for sharing the recipe and the comments.

  9. I’m making these with two very large bananas and with old fashioned oats. Hoping that they turn out, ill update you on how it looks!

    • They turned out great with the old fashioned oats and I substituted walnuts for pecans! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

      • Thanks, I’m gonna make them as well, I’ve got both quick oats and rolled oats…hmmm, decisions decisions…lol
        I’ll keep you posted!

  10. Do the bananas have to be really ripe like when making banan bread?

  11. Has anyone tried substituting the egg for a “flax egg”?

  12. Thanks for the recipe. Pinned!

  13. I used rolled oats, and substituted slivered almonds for the walnuts. The batter was quite liquid and did not hold together at all, but I went ahead and baked them as instructed… they turned out beautifully! They made the house smell wonderful. They are a mildly sweet, nutty, deliciously nourishing way to start a morning with the kids.

  14. Any thoughts on what you might could use as a substitute for the raisins? Blueberries or strawberries perhaps?

  15. Do you have the nutrition facts for recipe?

  16. In the process of making these, silly question, the batter can last for four days in the fridge or the cooked biscuits?

  17. I made these, minus the nuts because we were out, and they were slimy and wet, not moist and delicious. I had a heck of a time forming them into cookies, then an even more difficult time getting them off the parchment paper. I added a cup of blended-to-powder oats and an extra egg and tried again, and they’re still kind of a slimy texture in the middle. Any suggestions?

    • I’m not sure why these didn’t work for you, I’ve made them several times and never had those issues. Were your bananas extra large? What type of oats are you using? You might like to try adding your banana a little at a time, the dough should hold together fairly well and hold it’s shape to the point that you need to push it with a fork to flatten the cookie.

  18. Made these today and added oat bran along wth peacans. Thank you great recipe..

  19. Are you using sweetened or unsweetened applesauce?

  20. Do you have the nutritional facts for these cookies? and how many cookies in 1 serving?

    • 2 cookies is one serving. Each serving will have approximately 123 calories depending on ingredients (and including the optional chocolate chips).

      • I was reading through comments as I love doing, and it cracked me up that you finally just calculated the nutrition facts after having to direct so many people to myfitnesspal. Ha! You are patient :)

        Looking forward to making this recipe with my browning bananas!

  21. Sprang from my bed to make these this morning the recipe is simple, I’m baking them now, batter came out fine used butterscotch chips and pecans house smells heavenly. Thanks for sharing

  22. Can the apple sauce be substituted with something else?

  23. My son is allergic to cinnamon. Is there a different spice I could use in place of it? Would pecans work well on place of walnuts?

  24. I made these this morning. Love it & may try apples instead of bananas next time. A great grab & go for breakfast!

  25. I love these!!! I hope you don’t mind, but I made some substitutions using your recipe as a guide, so thank you for putting this online!

    I used a flax egg, dried cranberries, pistachios, extra cinnamon, and crystallized ginger. So freaking good!!!

    I’m creating my own blog (eventually). Can I link to your recipe but include my customization?

    Thanks!!!

    • These cookies are really great for subbing in what you have on hand! Congratulations on your new blog! You are most welcome to link to my recipe while rewriting the recipe to include your changes. Have a great day!

  26. How many calories does each cookie have?

  27. How many per serving?

  28. 93 calories per serving…

  29. I’m going to try incorporating some protein powder in the recipe to bump up the protein. Here’s the Nutrition Facts as it is now –

    Nutrition Facts
    Servings 24.0
    Amount Per Serving
    calories 93
    % Daily Value *
    Total Fat 4 g 6 %
    Saturated Fat 1 g 6 %
    Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 8 mg 3 %
    Sodium 5 mg 0 %
    Potassium 86 mg 2 %
    Total Carbohydrate 14 g 5 %
    Dietary Fiber 2 g 7 %
    Sugars 6 g
    Protein 2 g 4 %
    Vitamin A 1 %
    Vitamin C 3 %
    Calcium 1 %
    Iron 5 %

  30. Made these today, really like them but wondering are they suppose to be kinda on the rubbery side? Thanks going to be so nice to grab for breakfast at 5am!

  31. Can I sub something for the applesauce?

  32. Can these be frozen? Thinking ahead for school days and work

  33. I also dont tolerate cinnamon well. Can’t for the life of me figure out what other spice i could use substitute. Tks!

  34. Please us serving sizes and calorie count. Thank you.

  35. Really good – thanks! Mine was a bit soupy but I had rather large bananas in the freezer. It still held together fine. I added a tablespoon of flax for protein – should’ve done a little more – subbed raisins for cranberries, and used regular rolled oats which worked just as well. I did rub them between my hands to break them down a bit as I measured them out. My calculations came out to 93 calories per cookie. This is really adaptable, next time I’m adding coconut I think! Too bad my teenager blows through 3 bananas a day, they rarely get ripe in my house.

  36. want to make but wondering what the calorie, fat, protein, etc. counts..

  37. Awesome, can’t wait to try!

  38. Do you have nutrition facts in these cookies?

  39. What are the Calories and carbs?

  40. I just made this. These cookies are so so good!!! Definitely a keeper!!

  41. Where is the nutrition information?

  42. Hi, so my cookies were a bit soft n had a spongy,soggy texture.
    Is that how it’s meant to be. My kids loved the stuff in it but not so much the texture.

  43. Do you have a cook book

  44. I love this because there is no flour. My nephew and I have celiac disease. They are greatt

  45. Mine are in the oven now, added unsweetened coconut instead of nuts. Excited to try one!

  46. In the similar recipe made into muffins – why not use Truvia instead of sugar? The sugar content would spike her insulin response.

  47. Do you have nutritional info available for these? They look terrific!

  48. I just found this Recipe on Facebook. I have been looking for a breakfast cookie recipe, it looks like I found it. I also have software that calculates the Nutritional Value of recipes based on ingredients. I noticed in the comments that some folks were asking for it. So here it is per cookie.

    Nutritional Information

    Banana Breakfast Cookies

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories: 51
    Calories from Fat: 21

    % Daily Value *
    Total Fat 2g 4%
    Saturated Fat 0g 1%
    Cholesterol 6mg 2%
    Sodium 4mg 0%
    Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Protein 1g 2%
    Sugars 2g
    Vitamin A 0%
    Vitamin C 0%
    Calcium 1%
    Iron 3%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

  49. How many calories would these cookies contain? And what would be the nutritional information? Can you use Almond Milk instead?

  50. Do you use unsweetened applesauce?

  51. What could I use instead of apple sauce? Is this just to sweeten or does it make a difference with the texture as well?

  52. Does the banana flavour come out strong?

  53. Hi, love the cookies. Do u know how many calories are in one cookie, even approximately??

  54. Can I substitute Granola for the oats?

    • I have only tried this as written. I’m not sure if the granola would work the same way as the oats do soak up some of the moisture from the bananas. If you do try it, I’d love to hear how it works out for you!

  55. What is sugar content and Calorieshe? Looks amazing

  56. Hi!! Can you tell me how to do the apple sauce??

  57. What can be used instead of the apple sauce ?

  58. Do the bananas have to be ripe? I just bought 3 fresh bananas to use but not sure if I’ve to wait for them to be ripe.

    • They’re better if they’re ripe as they have more sugars and are softer. If your bananas are not ripe you can place them in a paper bag to speed the process or ripen them in the oven at 300 degrees until the skins are black and shiny. Our grocery store often sells overripe bananas at a discount towards the back of the store so you can always check there or ask the produce guy if they have any!

  59. Hi, I just made these. They taste yummy but are still quite moist inside. Not too sure what i did wrong- maybe i made the heaps to big? I converted the temp to degrees centigrade to 180. Maybe that could have been a problem?

    • This recipe should make 24 cookies (if you made less they may have been a little bit larger and required more time). Did you press them down with a fork? They will be a little bit soft and moist but not ‘wet’.

      180C should be about right for temperature.

  60. Iam allergic to nuts do i have to.put them in.

  61. Made these this morning – delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

    Question (maybe I missed it) but how many cookies does one batch make? Just want to make sure I am making them the right size.

    Thanks!

  62. Good morning! Cookies are in the oven. I substituted the oats with equal cooked quinoa PLUS 1 cup of raw steel cut oats. I also doubled the raisins. The consistency was a bit loose, but thick enough to use a cookie scoop, then use a fork to mash down. Cooked for 20 minutes. This was an interesting twist on the recipe, but the hubby is eating them… Fresh and warm, right out of the oven!

  63. I made your banana breakfast cookies and decided to add some vanilla protein powder… Amazing! My husband and 2 boys love them. And, I feel good about us all eating cookies for breakfast. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  64. Have you tried freezing these?

  65. Love them!!! I can’t stop eating them!!

  66. I’m allergic to walnuts. How does this turn out if you don’t use the walnuts? Thanks!

  67. Hi there. Just wondering if anyone has tried making these with steel cut quick oats?

  68. these look so YUMMY, I am sooo have to make , I think my kids will love them and there heathy.

  69. I don’t have applesauce. What can I use instead??

  70. These look good what can I use instead of egg to make these Vegan?

  71. Thanks for this recipe can’t wait to try it
    Is it possible to leave the milk or almond milk out? Or could something else be substituted? Thanks

  72. I wanted to make these nut free so they would be school safe. I used regular milk, pumpkin seeds instead of nuts and added chopped dried apricots. Batter seemed a little wet so I added about 1/4 cup more of oats.
    Great for those early morning hockey practices!

  73. I made these but tweeked them quite a bit. I made them vegan to start, using a flax egg instead of a regular, I substituted pumpkin puree in place of the apple sauce, I used a dried fruit medely in place of the raisins, I only had an 1/8th cup walnuts so I added coconut to make up the difference, and I added clove and nutmeg for spicier flavor. They turned out great!

  74. Just made them & I used rolled oats & golden raisins and dark choco chips and it turns really good. Hubby loves it! Definitely make them again. Thank you

  75. Hi Holly, I just tried the cookies out.i substituted the milk with Greek yoghurt , I used almonds instead of walnuts and I left out the choc chip and added two tablespoons of honey.. it is absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing.. I hope they would be a little less in calories now that I’ve substituted three ingredients… as I can’t stop eating them. I also added a bit of desiccated coconut and cranberries

  76. Hi, these sound amazing. Only problem is I am gluten intolerant and can’t use the oats. Do you have any idea what would work in place of the oats? Thanks, Anne

  77. Looks delicious! I am breakfast and lunch cook in an elder care facility. My residents will love these!

  78. They were really good and I put some coconut in and cranberries instead of chocolate chips

  79. Is there a way to add sweet potatoes (baked from dinner out) or pumpkin puree? If so, how much and would I then add more liquid or apple sauce and THM on plan sweetener. I have no clue to how much to add. I do know this is my sister and my favorite breakfast except we back in a small rectangular baking pan.

  80. Not sure if anyone has posted something similar, but last night I made these and replaced the three bananas with 1.5 cups of pumpkin puree and 1/4 cup brown sugar (no raisins, added nutmeg and cinnamon) and they are DELICIOUS! A nice autumn version of an awesome recipe!

    • Your version sounds great too! I don’t think anyone here will mind substituting pumpkin flavor into our dessert recipes. Yum!

  81. I want to use pumpkin and pumpkin spice but not sure how much and if I need to omit anything else. Suggestions would be great. Thanks

  82. Hey I just made these and they taste great!! They look much darker than your pics but they’re not burnt and they have a texture like banana bread, kinda spongy. Is that right? Haha and I followed the recipe but no nut/chips and added 1/4 dried cranberries w/ the raisins and used regular milk

  83. I thought they were a little bland, so added some raw honey and also some chia seeds. Are they supposed to be soft inside?

  84. Should you refrigerate the dough before forming into cookies and baking? Making these now and it seems a little soft I’m afraid they’d all run together?

  85. DELICIOUS! Thank you!

  86. Hi Holly, I’m thinking of making the recipe of banana breakfast cookies tomorrow. I have a question; how many cookies per serving? is it one or two?
    Thank you

  87. Made these and they are wonderful. I added salt though after the first batch.SUPER MOIST with no oil!

  88. Just made these this morning! Super easy and very delicious! A very healthy breakfast/snack to go.

  89. The recipe says “heaping tablespoons” but it doesn’t specify how many to place in the parchment paper. How many tablespoons per cookie?

  90. Hi,
    These look delicious! Even though the sugar is low, if I used unsweetened applesauce and I’d would eliminate the raisins, (personal preference) and the chocolate chips(although I love them) wouldn’t the sugar and the carbs be significantly reduced? Thanks

  91. Would egg white beaters work as well? I just made them and used whole oats, because that was what I had. I added a bit more oats as they looked fairly loose and let them sit for a bit to thicken up. Has anyone tried fresh juice in place of the milk for the liquid. They came out well! I think the next batch needs to be baked a bit longer. Adding the chocolate chips curbed my sweet tooth! Next time Michigan dried cherries. They are so good!

  92. are these gluten free

  93. Do you have the nutritional information without the chocolate chips? I’m wondering if this would make a good cookie for a diabetic. I’m trying learn to cook for my husband. Thanks

  94. I am hoping To make these, as I am dealing with what Appears to be IBS. Therefore I am gluten and dairy free at this time.

  95. Not sure what I did wrong but they seem a bit rubbery and under done but I’ve cooked them long enough and the second batch even longer:(

  96. I just made these and they are delicious! They have a ton of flavour and are super easy to make. This is a quick way to use up our bananas that are going brown.

  97. How long will these keep in the Freezer?

  98. Has anyone made them without the nuts? Just wondering how it affects the taste and how well they hold together if you skip an ingredient. I can’t have nuts in my house because of allergies.

  99. Hiii

    This really looks nice…But is there an alternative to applesauce? Right now don’t have it and wanted to make these

  100. I think these would make a great post game / workout snack too! I’m really trying to find alternatives to offer my kids (and their teammates) after they play in an organized sports game (baseball, soccer). I’m kind of tired of the sugary treats, candy and gatorade so many kids are given after a game. Kind of defeats the purpose of exercising.

    • These are great for after school and after games or practices! I am sure the kids will love them!

  101. I absolutely love both the cloud bread and the breakfast cookies, found both first!! Can’t wait to find more!! Thank you

  102. Can you leave out the nuts? I’m not a big walnut fan. I do like almonds. Could I substitute?

  103. These are amazing! Only change I made was: 1. No nuts, I really don’t love nuts. 2. Used craisins as my raisins were rock hard! Delish!

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