I have to admit, almost every time I makeover a recipe, I think “it’s not going to work”. I mean if you take 75% of the butter out of a cookie, it’s probably going to suck, right? I am happy to say that nope, that’s not the case. After making some super decadent white chocolate peanut butter cookies the other day, I just had to try and make that combo in a healthier cookie, on that I could even call a breakfast cookie. The awesome thing is, it TOTALLY worked. These are incredible. Packed with oats, whole wheat flour, banana, peanut butter and Greek yogurt, they pack in some great ingredients yet still taste incredible. Winning!
My makeover recipes are truly some of my favorite recipes. While I bake a lot for events, friends and the blog, the makeover recipes are recipes I make specifically for my family. Cake pops are awesome, but not really the best breakfast food for kids, so mama has to come up with something. If you give this mom a muffin, she’s going to make it over.
My kiddos have never been cereal eaters, and while I think a box of frozen waffles sounds perfectly delicious, I am always looking for ways to get some whole grains and protein in them in the mornings. Muffins and breakfast cookies have been my way of doing that. While these are cookies, technically they are extremely close to a muffin in the ingredients. But let me tell you, kids are all kinds of excited when they hear the word “cookie” in the morning.
I have tried pulling out the butter completely, but find that keeping a quarter cup of butter in the recipe really helps the cookies hold together, and gives just enough flavor that you won’t miss the other 3/4 cups of butter found in most recipes.
We have a nut allergy in our household, so I made these with my favorite nut free peanut butter, No-Nut Butter from the Sneaky Chef. I’ve found it works extremely well in baked goods and has a great peanut butter taste. While the recipe calls for creamy peanut butter, feel free to try it with crunchy. I live in a house where the other people seem to think crunchy peanut butter is weird (which I think makes the a bit weird!). This recipe would also be incredible with some nuts added in. Walnuts would be incredible. Unfortunately there really aren’t no nut versions of, well, nuts.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!
Looking for some other breakfast cookies to try? Here you go!