Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Cookies for breakfast? Yes, please! These oatmeal breakfast cookies are sweet, nutty, and filled with healthy ingredients like oats, nuts, and fruit.

oatmeal breakfast cookies

Here’s how much I love these oatmeal breakfast cookies: after I finish typing this post, I’m going to head to the kitchen to make more. They’re vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free, and they have fiber from the oats and protein and healthy fats from almond butter. Thanks to maple syrup, they’re naturally sweetened too. But these breakfast cookies aren’t just good for you. They’re also delicious! The same ingredients that pack them with nutrients give them a sweet, nutty flavor and soft, puffy texture. Who wants to eat a bowl of oatmeal when you can eat a cookie for breakfast!?

Breakfast cookie recipe ingredients

Breakfast Cookie Recipe Ingredients

This breakfast cookie recipe is a revamped version of my Carrot Quinoa Oatmeal Cookies. They have been a fan favorite (and family favorite) for years now. This time, I swapped the carrots and dried cranberries for a more summery combination of blueberries and lemon zest. Here’s what else is in them:

  • Ground flaxseed: It acts as a binder and adds fiber and omega-3s.
  • Oat flour, almond flour, and whole rolled oats: This combination is naturally gluten-free, and it gives the cookies a soft, oat-y texture.
  • Baking powder and baking soda: To help them puff up in the oven!
  • Cinnamon: For warm, spiced flavor.
  • Maple syrup: It sweetens these cookies naturally.
  • Coconut oil and almond butter: They bind everything together and make the cookies moist and tender.
  • Walnuts: They add healthy fats and a delicious nutty crunch.
  • And sea salt: To make the sweet, nutty flavors pop!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Blueberries, oats, and walnuts in a mixing bowl

These cookies get lightly crisp on the bottom, but as you’ll see, they’re pretty puffy – more like a muffin top than a flat/crispy oatmeal cookie. They’re big and substantial, but not too dense and not at all dry.

Folding blueberries and walnuts into batter

Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies Tips

  • It’ll be tempting to underbake them. Don’t! When you’re working with oat flour, it can be tricky to gauge when baked goods are done. These cookies might look nicely puffed and ready to eat after just 18 or 20 minutes in the oven, but in actuality, they may need a few minutes more. The best indicator here is their coloring. Make sure that they’re beginning to brown around the edges before you remove them from the oven. If the breakfast cookies are underdone, they’ll end up very soft and crumbly.
  • Leave them on the baking sheet for a few minutes to cool. Like many vegan cookies, these oatmeal breakfast cookies will be delicate when you take them out of the oven. It’s tempting to reach for one right away, but if you let them rest for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, they’ll have a more cohesive texture and richer flavor. After 5 minutes, transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Freeze the extras. If you plan to eat all these breakfast cookies within a few days, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. However, they also freeze really well. I love to make a double recipe to keep on hand for a quick healthy breakfast or snack! The freezer is also a great way to hide them from Jack, who would otherwise eat one every time he walks past the kitchen counter. 🙂 Transfer the frozen cookies to the fridge to thaw overnight, or pop one in the microwave for 30 seconds when you’re ready to eat.

Woman scooping healthy breakfast cookies onto baking sheet

Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies Variations

I love the blueberry and lemon zest combination in this healthy breakfast cookie recipe, but feel free to swap in whatever mix-ins sound good to you. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Switch the fruit. Replace the blueberries with your favorite dried fruit. Dried tart cherries or cranberries would be great!
  • Spice it up. Cardamom, nutmeg, and/or ginger are delicious in addition to the cinnamon.
  • Swap the nuts. Instead of walnuts, use pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chopped almonds, or pecans.
  • Add chocolate. Nix the lemon zest, and replace the berries with chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips.

Let me know what variations you try!

Breakfast cookies recipe

More Favorite Breakfasts and Snacks

If you love these oatmeal breakfast cookies, try one of these healthy recipes next:

Then, check out this post for 60+ Healthy Breakfast Ideas and this one for 47 more healthy snacks!

Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

rate this recipe:
4.99 from 55 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Serves 12
These healthy oatmeal breakfast cookies are my favorite grab-and-go breakfast! Soft & puffy like muffin tops, they're vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and absolutely delicious.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed + 5 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 cup oat flour, made from 1¼ cups whole rolled oats*
  • 1 cup additional whole rolled oats
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • zest of 1 lemon, about ½ tablespoon
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup creamy natural almond butter**
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • cup walnuts
  • ¾ cup fresh blueberries

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, combine the flaxseed and warm water and set aside to thicken for 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the oat flour, the additional 1 cup rolled oats, almond flour, lemon zest, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the almond butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup and stir well to incorporate. Stir in the flaxseed mixture.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients and fold in just until combined. Fold in the walnuts and blueberries.
  • Scoop ¼ cup of batter for each cookie onto the baking sheet. Bake 20 to 24 minutes, or until browned around the edges. Cool on the pan for 5 to 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. If you take them off the sheet too soon, the cookies may fall apart.
  • When cookies are completely cool, they can be stored in an airtight container or frozen.

Notes

*If you are gluten free, be sure to use certified gluten free oats.
**Use natural almond butter that doesn't contain any added oils - this can affect cookie cohesion. I use Whole Foods 365 Almond Butter.

 

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  1. Jana
    09.25.2020

    4 stars
    These are delicious! Mine were definitely too crumbly to be eaten cookie-style so I’ll use an egg in place of the flax egg next time, but they were really good.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.25.2020

      Hi Jana, I’m glad you enjoyed them – I’d bake them a little longer and let them sit on the baking sheet longer – that will help them hold together.

  2. Anita
    09.11.2020

    5 stars
    My daughter has been baking batches of these and we’ve been eating them faster than she can bake them – they are simply delicious! She adds raisins instead of the blueberries and I think she also adds nutmeg and cloves. My son just ran down in the middle of his online classes, grabbed the last two & ran up and my daughter is making another batch in the middle of her classes. I’m enjoying that they love this treat that is also _good_ for them! I’m definitely eating plenty of my share too😋😋

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.12.2020

      Awwww, I love hearing this! I’m so glad your family has enjoyed them so much. xoxo

  3. Estevan Rangel
    08.23.2020

    If I wanted to use eggs how many would you use?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      08.30.2020

      I would use 1 plus 1 tablespoon of water (and omit the flax + 5 tablespoons water)

  4. Jessica
    08.10.2020

    5 stars
    I made this twice with an egg and water instead of flax, they were great!These turned out like muffin tops, kind of cakey and very good, not crumbly when made with egg. They are very filling too, one or two keeps you full all morning. My kids like them too!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      08.30.2020

      Hi Jessica, I’m so glad you loved them!

  5. Stephanie
    07.30.2020

    5 stars
    These are great! I’ve made them twice and both times everyone loved them (including my mother who is a very tough customer!). They fall apart easily, which makes them a bit more difficult to eat without wasting a morsel, but doesn’t take away from their deliciousness! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  6. Jessica
    07.30.2020

    Hi there, these sound great! Just curious, would using eggs instead of flax work ok? 2 eggs I’m assuming? Thanks!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.30.2020

      Hi Jessica, I haven’t tried it, but I would try 1 egg plus 1 tablespoon water.

      • Jessica
        08.04.2020

        5 stars
        I made this twice with an egg and water instead of flax, they were great!The first time I used quite a bit of water and these turned out like muffin tops, kind of cakey and very good. They are very filling too, one or two keeps you full all morning. My kids like them too!

  7. Ann
    06.30.2020

    5 stars
    These are delicious. My daughter made them yesterday and I was impressed by the moist texture mixed with pops of blueberries melting in my mouth. I’d love to know the nutritional value per serving..

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.12.2020

      Hi Ann, I’m so glad you both loved them! Oh, I’m not sure, I don’t calculate nutritional info, you could go to a site like my fitness pal and plug in the ingredients.

  8. DD
    06.24.2020

    I made these with pecan, raspberry and white chocolate! Amazing

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.12.2020

      that sounds amazing! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe.

  9. Hannah
    06.08.2020

    Look delish! Could whole wheat or coconut flour be subbed for almond flour?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      06.08.2020

      Hi Hannah, almond flour is necessary for this recipe. WW and coconut flours are not a 1:1 swap here.

      But you could probably use whole wheat flour (although a 50/50 mix of WW and AP would be best) in this other oatmeal cookie recipe: https://www.loveandlemons.com/oatmeal-cookies/

  10. ziggy
    05.28.2020

    5 stars
    Delicious, my boys and I loved them; swapped to olive oil instead of coconut oil and they were scrumptious. thanks for the great recipes. off to try another recipe.

  11. Cindy
    05.16.2020

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for all of the awesome delicious recipes. This is my second time making this breakfast cookie. This time, I used peanut butter instead of almond butter since I ran out of almond butter. I was having a hard time forming it into a ball shape vs late time. Also, when I baked it, it stayed in this round ball shape vs a slight flatten shape like you have in the photos. Is there a reason why it just stays in a round ball shape?

    Still tastes amazing. Btw, I also made the bluebrrry scones with yogurt, soooo good and healthy! Thank you so much!!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      05.16.2020

      Hi Cindy, I haven’t tried these with peanut butter – is it possible that your peanut butter was thicker than the almond butter you used last time? I’m also assuming that you used natural peanut butter (if not, I could see processed peanut butters causing a thicker batter).

      I’m so glad they were still taste and that you loved the scones too!

  12. Melanie
    04.30.2020

    5 stars
    I don’t usually comment on recipe blogs, but since I loved these cookies so much and am back 6 days later to make another batch, I figured I should leave you a note to thank you for sharing this awesome recipe!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      05.03.2020

      Ha ha, I’m so glad you loved them so much! Thanks for letting me know 🙂

  13. Jorgia Hollebeke
    04.23.2020

    Hi! This recipe sounds amazing! I just have a few questions before I try it. 1) Can you provide any nutritional information, such as amount of carbs, protein, sugars, etc? 2) About how many cookies does one bath make? On that note, how many cookies is one serving?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.24.2020

      HI Jorgia, it makes 12 cookies, a serving is 1 cookie (they’re pretty substantial). I’m sorry, I don’t calculate nutritional info.

  14. Nara
    02.25.2020

    What’s the nutritional value of these cookies

  15. Hilary
    02.19.2020

    Two questions!

    1) How many eggs would I use to substitute the flax?
    2) Can I use any other GF flour other than almond flour?

    Thanks! I love your recipes 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      02.19.2020

      Hi Hilary, 1 egg and use 1 tablespoon water instead of 4 (use an extra tablespoon water if your dough seems very dry). Almond flour isn’t a 1:1 swap with other GF flours, so I would stick with that.

      Hope that helps!

  16. Astrid
    01.31.2020

    Mine came out extremely dry. The only thing I did different was replacing the flaxseed with one egg. Do you have any advice?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      02.01.2020

      Hmm… I haven’t tried these with an egg, but it sounds like they might have just baked too long. I’d try with the flaxseed and a try baking a few minutes less.

  17. Grace
    01.07.2020

    Hello! These look delicious! Could I just use oat flour instead of oat flour and almond flour?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.07.2020

      Hi Grace, I haven’t tried it with that ratio, so I can’t say how they’d turn out.

  18. Olivia
    01.05.2020

    5 stars
    I just made these and they are awesome! They soft in the middle and the outside is a little crunchy. Instead of coconut oil I used avocado oil. The lemonyness and blueberries that pop in your mouth are amazing! Baki g it wasn’t even needed. The batter was equally amazing! Thanks for another awesome recipe!

    • Olivia
      01.05.2020

      Whoops… There’s no n I’m baking. Also, I left out the walnuts because my sister can’t stand whole nuts in stuff.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.05.2020

      Hi Olivia, I’m so glad you loved them!

  19. Andrea
    10.30.2019

    I made these and are delicious but they broke apart. Any suggestions?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.30.2019

      Hi Andrea, I would bake them a little longer and then let them sit on the baking sheet until they’re cooled completely. I hope that helps!

  20. Annette
    08.19.2019

    These sound delicious! Quick question though, do you think this batter would work if baked in a loaf pan? Been craving some sort of Blueberry snack bread… 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      08.21.2019

      Hi Annette, I think it would be super dense and I’m not sure if it would bake all the way through. They’re delicious as cookies though!

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