Breakfast cookies are a pretty fantastic way to start your day, especially when they are packed with flavor (and whole grains!). You might be thinking who eats cookies for breakfast, are breakfast cookies really a thing?
But these aren’t just any cookie. These are packed full of whole grains with whole wheat flour and oats. They have protein and calcium from Greek yogurt. Potassium, vitamins & fiber from bananas. With only 1/4 of a cup of butter, compared to the standard cup of butter in most cookie recipes, these cookies are a-okay to start your day with. The ingredient list is very similar to what I use to make muffins, but somehow calling it a cookie makes it feel even more decadent. It’s a little easier to get out of bed at the crack of dawn if there is a chocolate cookie waiting for you.
After recently making Chocolate Chunk Breakfast Cookies…
my daughter insisted that I come up with a chocolate breakfast cookie. Challenge accepted. And owned. These are GOOD. Like good for any cookie GOOD. The fact that are made with whole wheat, oatmeal, yogurt and banana are like a really happy bonus. Seriously. MAKE THESE BREAKFAST COOKIES. Trust me. Big, chewy, fudgey, moist, chocolatey cookies. You won’t miss all the extra butter or white flour, I promise!
These are pretty simple and straight forward, like making any other cookie.
Because of the yogurt, when you mix the ingredients they take on a slightly curdled look. That’s okay, don’t freak out. 🙂
This breakfast cookie dough is pretty sticky, so if you have parchment paper or a Silpat, pop those onto your cookie sheet prior to baking. Otherwise just make sure to get them off of your baking sheet as soon as you get them out of your oven.
I used a cup of white chocolate chips in these, but by all means, go with milk, dark, semi-sweet chocolate chips, nuts or any other mix in that strikes your fancy. I can’t add nuts due to my daughter’s nut allergy, but boy these would rock with some walnuts in them!
Okay, here is the recipe! This made 24 generously sized cookies or 36 standard sized cookies. I put about eight of them in a container and put the rest in a freezer bag and popped them into the freezer. I love to keep the freezer stocked with muffins and things like this, they are the ultimate quick and easy grab and go breakfast or snack. Enjoy!
- 1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cup oats
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder preferably dark cocoa
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup of butter softened
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt I used vanilla flavor
- 1 large ripe banana
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup White Chocolate Chips or other mix in of your choice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine your white whole wheat flour, oats, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, combine your softened butter, Greek yogurt and banana. Mix with a mixer until smooth. Add in sugar and brown sugar and mix until well combined. Mixture may have a slightly curdled appearance due to the yogurt, don't worry, this is okay. Add in your eggs and vanilla and mix well.
- Slowly add in dry ingredients to wet ingredients, stirring until combined, but not over mixing. Add in your chocolate chips or other mix ins.
- Drop your cookies onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat (if you do not have these, make sure to lightly spray your pans with cooking spray and remove cookies immediately after taking out of the oven, to avoid sticking). Use approximately two tablespoons of cookie dough per cookie (a large cookie scoop). Leave 2" of space between cookies.
- Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Nutrition information is estimated as a courtesy. If using for medical purposes, please verify information using your own nutritional calculator. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Can’t get enough chocolate for breakfast? I hear you! You might want to try this recipe for Whole Wheat Chocolate Baked Donuts from Family Food On The Table, the Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal recipe that Dinner, Dishes and Desserts has or this Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread from The Baker Mama. Want to try another breakfast cookie? Don’t miss the peanut butter banana white chocolate version of this recipe!
Originally published May 2013.
Sandra Stevens says
Hi wow those cookies sound awsome.cant wait to try the rrcipe.cookies are my favourite food.i will add walnuts to mine yum yum.
Shannon Shack says
Ok the batter is just plain delicious! I subbed 1 cup of coconut sugar for both the brown and white sugar, coconut oil for the butter, and sour cream for the yogurt. My add-ins were 3/4 c unsweetened shredded coconut and 3/4 c semi sweet chocolate chips. YUMMY. I have to send these with my kids to school so I don’t eat them all!
They sound delicious Shannon! The coconut sounds divine. We have to avoid it due to an allergy in the household, but boy, I bet it’s amazing!
Great idea! My 5 year old is thrilled at the prospect of cookies for breakfast. I made these with a couple of modifications and am happy to report success- I added a cup of shredded zucchini to bump up the veggies in my son’s life and reduced the sugar by 1/3c. Thank you so much for sharing!!
Does it matter what type of oat is used? Quick or steel cut etc.
Kandice, I haven’t tried steel cut, but quick or regular will work fine.