Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

You can eat cookies for breakfast! These breakfast cookies, made with oats & almond flour are a healthy, wholesome way to start the day.

Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Here’s how much I love these breakfast cookies: after I finish typing this post, I’m going to go downstairs to the kitchen to make more. I like to store stashes of these breakfast cookies in the freezer because they’re a perfectly portioned daily breakfast for me. 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. 🙂

These healthy breakfast cookies are both vegan and gluten-free. They have fiber from the oats, protein and healthy fats from the almond butter, and they’re naturally sweetened with maple syrup. Who wants to eat a bowl of oatmeal when you can eat a cookie for breakfast!? Ok, if you’re an oatmeal lover, maybe don’t answer that.

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: blueberries! lemon zest! I just love these bright late-summer flavors in combination with the almond butter and cozy cinnamon. These blueberry cookies also happen to be less time consuming to make than the carrot cookies because tossing in blueberries is a lot quicker than grating carrots!

Other fillings options for your breakfast cookies

Blueberries are the star of this recipe, but here are some other yummy mix-in’s that I also enjoy:

  • Use dried fruit such as tart cherries or cranberries
  • Add chocolate chunks (skip the lemon zest)
  • Change up the spices – cardamom and nutmeg are delicious in addition to the cinnamon

Blueberry Breakfast Cookies' batter in a bowl Blueberry Lemon Zest Breakfast Cookies batter in a 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. Almond butter binds them together, giving them a wonderfully nutty flavor and texture. You could also use other nut butters such as peanut butter or cashew butter.

Healthy Breakfast Cookie held by hand Blueberry Lemon Zest Breakfast Cookies

If you love breakfast cookies, try these carrot or pumpkin ones next! And if you’re an oat/berry fan, try this baked oatmeal or these overnight oats.

Happy baking!

5.0 from 7 reviews
Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
 
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These Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies are my favorite make-ahead breakfast! Soft & puffy like muffin tops, they're delicious, vegan, and gluten-free.
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack
Serves: 12
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 almond butter
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup walnuts
  • ¾ cup fresh blueberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flaxseed and warm water and set aside to thicken for 5 minutes.
  3. 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.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the almond butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup and stir well to incorporate. Stir in the flaxseed mixture.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients and fold in just until combined. Fold in the walnuts and blueberries.
  6. Scoop ¼ cup of batter for each cookie onto the baking sheet. Bake 20 to 22 minutes, or until browned around the edges. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  7. When cookies are completely cool, they can be stored in an airtight container or frozen.
Notes
*To make the oat flour, use a food processor or a blender to process the 1¼ cups rolled oats into a fine flour and measure out one level cup.

If you are gluten free, be sure to use certified gluten free oats.

 

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  1. Susan
    09.07.2018

    These cookies sound very good, but for me they would have to be a snack rather than breakfast because they have nowhere near enough protein to make breakfast for me. 🙁

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.07.2018

      They’re tasty as a snack too 🙂

    • Alexandra Adams
      11.26.2018

      I thought the same thing but the fiber from the oats and fat from the almond butter is super filling!!!!

      • Jeanine Donofrio
        11.26.2018

        I agree! I’m eating one right now, ha ha 🙂

  2. Rose
    09.07.2018

    Hi, these look great and I plan on making them, but just wanted to make sure: you say they’re a revamp of your carrot quinoa cookies (which I LOVE), but there’s no quinoa in this recipe. Is that correct? Or is the quinoa missing on the ingredient list? Just want to double check. Thanks!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.07.2018

      Correct, no quinoa in these (sorry of that was confusing!) it’s just a similar style cookie 🙂

      • Rose
        09.07.2018

        Thanks for your quick reply, Jeanine – helpful since I’ll shop for ingredients tomorrow. Once I’ve made these, I’ll let you know and rate…although, as with so many of your recipes, I know they’re going to get five fabulous stars!!

        • Rose
          09.08.2018

          Hey there, me again. So I made these and they’re finally cool enough to taste. Just as I suspected, Jeanine, DELICIOUS!! I have to admit that I pretty much doubled the amount of blueberries because…well…BLUEBERRIES! I also left them in the oven longer than you indicated, not because they needed it, but because I prefer a more solid cookie. You’re right when you say they’re more like a muffin top. Definite keeper of a recipe. Yum! Thanks so much!

          • Jeanine Donofrio
            09.08.2018

            Hi Rose! Yay, I’m so glad you loved them!!!!

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  3. Brittany Audra @ Audra's Appetite
    09.07.2018

    I love lemon and blueberry flavors together! Not to mention that these are made with oats and oat flour…AND freezer friendly! 🙂

  4. Patricia
    09.07.2018

    These look wonderful! Quick question – what would you substitute if you are not a fan of coconut oil? Also, do you think any other type of nut would be good in these?
    Thanks!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.07.2018

      Hi Patricia, if you don’t like the taste of coconut, you could use refined coconut oil (vs. un-refined coconut oil). One tastes coconut-ty and one doesn’t. I think a mild/neutral flavored olive oil could work here too, or any neutral oil (sunflower, grapeseed). You could do pecans instead of walnuts, they have a similar texture. Hope that helps!

  5. Jeanine Donofrio
    09.07.2018

    Hi Barb,

    Counting calories, etc, has led to unhealthy eating habits for me personally in the past so it’s probably not something I’m going to add here. I hope you enjoy the free recipes anyhow! There are lots of calculators online or other food blogs that provide this kind of information. Thanks for understanding.

  6. Ruth Cherry
    09.07.2018

    Will frozen blueberries be okay? thanks.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.08.2018

      I think they will be fine, the cookies just might look a little more blueish since frozen berries’ juices are a bit messier. They’d also work with dried blueberries or dried tart cherries. Hope that helps!

  7. Wildflowerfox
    09.08.2018

    These look delicious, I cant wait to try them!
    Thank you for the recipe!

  8. Gabby from gritandgratitude_
    09.09.2018

    Hi! I made these cookies the other day because I’m obsessed with anything that has both blueberry and lemon. The recipe was super simple and straightforward which makes the process that much easier and enjoyable. & they taste delicious. I’m planning on storing them to snack on throughout the week.

    Thanks so much for this recipe,
    Gabby K. (@gritandgratitude_)

  9. Angelica
    09.09.2018

    Would this recipe work if I used dried blueberries? They look so good!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.09.2018

      yep! They’re good with dried tart cherries too!

      • Angelica
        09.09.2018

        That’s a great idea! Thank you. Would you use the same amount of dried blueberries?

        • Jeanine Donofrio
          09.09.2018

          you could do roughly half the amount since dried berries will take up less volume in the measuring cup compared to fresh – it’s all personal preference 🙂

  10. Ali from alimargo.com
    09.10.2018

    I love making gluten free vegan treats for my 2 year old son, Levi and having him help me in the kitchen, too. I love the flavor profile of these–the way the tartness of the lemon cuts through the richness of the almond butter, coconut oil and walnuts and the blueberries taste really fresh and sweet. However, my cookies were really crumbly when they came out of the oven. I haven’t worked with flaxseed much and am wondering if maybe I didn’t incorporate it well enough–I did not add them last, per your instructions but had just put them in with the other wet ingredients as I was reading through the list (bad habit of mine that I have to break, especially with the rigors of baking). The other thing is we live in the Rocky Mountains outside of Aspen at 7,000 feet so baking is just tough here in general and everything goes from raw to overcooked. It’s really hard to achieve that light + fluffy thing with baked goods. I’m not vegan, so I could use eggs instead. Any advise there?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.10.2018

      Hi Ali!

      First things first – I’d try baking them longer. They won’t dry out, but they’d firm up and I’ve found that oat flour cookies benefit by being baked longer than regular flour cookies. The only time I’ve had these crumble is if I didn’t bake them long enough.

      I’d definitely thicken the flax and water mixture before adding. It becomes gooey and egg-like. (Alternatively, I think you could use 1 egg, but I haven’t tested this).

      Third, I’ve never baked at high altitude so I’m sorry I can’t be more helpful about that!

      Let me know if baking them longer does the trick. Hope this is helpful!

  11. kodeqq from kodeqq.org
    09.17.2018

    yeay , i can finish this homemade cookies by my self , thanks to whoever made this lovely genius recipe. i appreciate <3

  12. kelly
    10.17.2018

    Have to comment bc I’ve made these 4 times now and have been recommending the recipe to lots of friends. These are amazing! I use frozen wild blueberries from Trader Joe’s and an egg rather than the flax egg replacement. Curious about trying out seasonal variations–pumpkin, apple, etc. Thanks for such a winning recipe!

  13. Maureen from inductionpros.com
    11.05.2018

    These breakfast cookies also double as comfort food! As an aside, I like how you photographed the ingredients in separate containers.

  14. Alison
    11.05.2018

    Delicious! Made these last night and had them at breakfast and also snacked on them all day! LOVE lemon and the combo with blueberries is perfect. I’ll be making these again soon!

  15. Alexandra Adams
    11.26.2018

    These are my absolute favorite new meal prep recipe!!!! I even shared them with a co-worker who needed breakfast and she loved them. I’ve made them with a regular egg and with the flax egg and both ways are delicious.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      11.26.2018

      I’m so glad you love them! (They also freeze well!) Thanks for letting me know that the egg version worked well too.

  16. Amy
    02.02.2019

    I just made these today with a few modifications based on what I had onhand. Namely, I subbed regular flour for the almond flour and sunflower seed butter for the almond butter. They turned out delicious! They are satisfying, not overly sweet, and I love that I don’t feel guilty after eating one. Thank you for the awesome recipe!

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  18. Schmijen
    04.17.2019

    Made these with my freshmen Health class when we were talking about breakfast and snacks to make it through the morning. They LOVED them and want to make them again. I thought they would be freaked out by the ingredients, but they were impressed! So much fun!

  19. Barbara
    06.27.2019

    I have made double batches of this recipe three times now. I keep them in the freezer and take out a couple at a time. When I don’t feel like cooking, I’ll warm one up in the microwave and eat it with some yogurt and fruit. It is like having a treat but low in carbs and sugar for a diabetic. I usually do this for lunch or dinner rather than breakfast. LOVE THEM!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.10.2019

      Hi Barbara, I’m so so glad you’re loving the cookies!

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