Jan 4, 2015

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

If you've promised yourself you will try to make healthier choices this year, I have some good news for you. These cookies are a great choice for breakfast or snack time. Not only do they taste good, they're also a winner in the nutrition department.

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies are hearty, with a chewy, tender, cake-like texture. Their sweetness does not come from any refined sugar, but from fruit and a little honey or maple syrup.

Whole wheat pastry flour keeps the cookies healthy and tender (not heavy or hard). Running the raisins and coconut through a food processor ensures that a little sweetness is in every bite.

I love sweets and carbs, but if I try to start the day with just sweets and carbs, such as a beautiful plate of pancakes and syrup, I will crash almost before I can finish eating. I've got to have some protein and fiber. According to this recipe analyzer, each large Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie has 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber.

Keeping your New Year's resolutions can be delicious. 

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies (Healthy)  Print
Makes 28 (2 tablespoon size) or 14 (4 tablespoon size)

1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 and 1/2 cups rolled oats, divided use
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)*
1/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)*

1 cup raisins
1/4 cup shredded coconut

2 very ripe bananas, mashed well
2 eggs
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup applesauce (I used unsweetened)
2 tablespoons honey OR real maple syrup
1 tablespoon coconut oil, warmed to liquid, if necessary
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine flour, 1/2 cup oats, soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. Stir to combine and set aside.
3. In a food processor, combine the remaining 1 cup oats, raisins, and coconut. Pulse until uniformly chopped to the size of medium crumbs. My food processor is small and tired, so I process in 2 batches. Stir raisin mixture into flour mixture.

Raisins, coconut, and oats after processing

4. In a small bowl, combine bananas,eggs, peanut butter, applesauce, honey OR maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla. Whisk until smooth and well-combined. Pour into flour mixture and stir just until no traces of flour remain. Mixture will be fairly thick and somewhat sticky.
5. Using a 2 or 4 tablespoon scoop (leveled), drop balls of dough onto prepared cookie sheets. Flatten slightly. Cookies will not spread or flatten further as they bake.

Ready to bake

6. Bake for about 13 minutes (2 tablespoon size) or about 17 minutes (4 tablespoon size), or until cookies are set and are just starting to brown a bit around the sides. Do not overbake. Remove from oven and place cookie sheet onto wire rack. Let cool on sheets for 2 minutes, then remove from cookie sheets onto wire racks until completely cool. Store tightly covered. Even better the next day. Can be frozen.

*Notes: Spices are optional. The cookies are very good either way. Without the spices, you taste more of the banana and peanut butter. With the spices, those flavors become less pronounced, and it becomes more of a spice cookie.

Larger ones made with an ice cream scoop (4 tablespoons)

Happy healthy eating!

You may also enjoy Sweet and Spicy Orange Glazed Salmon  

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  1. My kids would absolutely LOVE these! What a great way to start the day! I could send them off to school knowing that they ate really well and have them thinking my Mom is cool because she gave us cookies for breakfast-A win win! :-) Stopping by from nifty thrifty Sunday! PINNED! :-)
    Cathy @ three kids and a fish

  2. We love banana oatmeal, especially Emma (my older daughter), so thatnk you for this awesome recipe and you know I will be trying this soon here now for us! Thanks Joy :)

  3. Yum! I sure wish I had one of those right now to go with my coffee!

  4. These cookies look so delicious & healthy Joy and a treat everyone would love!! I've bookmarked and pinned them to my "Recipes from Others" board.


  5. I love any variation of oatmeal cookies for breakfast. They are so good with coffee. Visiting from Sweet and Savoury Sunday, thanks for sharing Joy!

  6. Joy, these look great! I love all of the healthy ingredients, and they actually taste good too I bet! Pinned! :)

  7. Joy,

    I love the peanut butter, banana, oats, applesauce, and coconut. These cookies sound so delicious and would be filling. My family would love them. They would be perfect for my teens. They are always in a hurry.
    Diane Roark

  8. I love this idea! What a quick, easy way to get heading out the door in the morning. I'm also trying to get back to healthier eating, and this is perfect!

  9. Joy, these look dangerously good and I bet they are great with a cup of coffee or tea

  10. Wow Joy ...they look so good and health too! Pinned ♥

  11. Healthy and yummy! Plus any excuse to eat cookies for breakfast... I'm there! :)

  12. Mmmm...I love the idea of starting the day off with a cookie! And a healthy one at that! Looks delish! :) Pinned!

  13. Yumm!! Healthy and delicious! I would probably add the spices - I love spice of all kind. Thank you for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

  14. These look so yummy! Thank you for linking up at The Wednesday Round Up and we hope to see you back next week!!

  15. These look great. I have been working on some low/no added sugar cookies and muffins myself, the muffins worked out great but I had mixed results with cookies. I clearly wasn't quite as adventurous in the ingredients as you, that's a nice sounding mix!

  16. Yum!! Looks delicious!! Hey I would love it if you shared you stuff on my new Link Party that starts tomorrow...Thursday! Its called My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! here is the link...You have great stuff!! Thanks for sharing!!http://www.cookinandcraftin.com/my-2-favorite-things-link-party-1/

    1. Thanks for stopping by!! Comeback again next week!!

  17. Oh wow, they look delicious. Cookies that you can eat for breakfast...I love this idea! Bananas and baking go hand in hand together don't they!

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

  18. The cookies look delish! I could eat oatmeal every day! I love it that much! This is a nice variation.
    Happy New Year!

  19. These look so good! And I love that they are healthy too. Definitely going to be trying these soon.

  20. I bet these smell so good while baking! Looking forward to trying them.

  21. These look wonderful and I love the ingredients. :) Thank you for sharing this.

  22. My kiddos would love to eat cookies for breakfast! :) I can almost imagine how they smell while baking - I bet they're amazing!

  23. These look so good! I think both my boys would love them!
    Thanks for linking up with me today!

  24. These cookies look perfect for breakfast or really any time of day. What a great collection of ingredients!

  25. I'm totally on board with cookies for breakfast. They look so good!

  26. Who doesn't love cookies for breakfast. LOL These sound fabulous and healthy. I noticed your salmon recipe too. I've been craving salmon lately and I plan on making it for dinner this weekend. Thanks for linking up to Scraptastic Saturdays.

  27. I am always looking for ways to use up ripe bananas. This looks like an easy grab and go breakfast for busy mornings. Might have to make a batch this weekend.

    here via I Heart Nap Time's Link Party Palooza

  28. Yum yum yum! Love how these are healthy. Stopping by from Dear Creatives link up. Would love for you to stop by my baking blog to say hello!

  29. I love a great breakfast cookie, this looks like a great recipe. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  31. Oh my! This looks so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you so much for being a part of our party. We really appreciate you! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

  32. These would make a great snack, I love the size and everything that's in them. It's a added bonus that they are healthy for you. This has been featured as one of my favourites over at Sweet and Savoury Sunday. Stop by, grab a button and link up again with us this week. Have a great day!

  33. I love a cookie with a glass of milk for breakfast. These are perfect because I don't have to feel guilty. lol! Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC. Pinned.

  34. That is one of the delicious oatmeal cookies Joy. I can have it for my breakfast, Thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, tweeting and pinning.

  35. Thank you for posting to Motivation Monday!

  36. These look like the perfect thing to eat on the run. I usually grab something for breakfast and eat it after I get to work.

  37. I just love breakfast cookies and these look so yummy! Thanks so much for sharing these at the Project Parade Joy! Hope to see you there again this week:)

  38. Oh my, these look so good. I am crazy for coconut, so that is an especially welcome addition. Happy to feature you at our party this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

  39. What could be more satisfying than Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies! That's my family's kind of meal easy grab and go breakfast. Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delicious recipe at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I appreciate it! I'm pinning and sharing this post!

  40. Mmmm, these sound delicious!! For breakfast or anytime ;) Thanks for linking up to our Creative Spark party last week! We'd love to have you party again with us this week, if you haven't already!

  41. Cookies for breakfast sounds like a win to me! No need to tell anyone they're healthy. :P Thanks for stopping by and sharing this on Five Friday Finds! I'm looking forward to what you share this week. :)


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