Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, cookies, healthier | 2 comments

Cookies for breakfast. Healthy cookies. No refined sugars. Vegan. Also gluten-free, if you use GF oats.

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Even better: they taste delicious.

This is one of my favorite breakfast recipes. I customize it based on my mood and what I have on hand. I’ve made this with macadamia nut butter, cashew butter, and almond butter–and combinations thereof. I’ve used apple butter, pumpkin butter, and date butter. Equally awesome with all varieties. I love to use golden raisins, but you could throw anything in. If you don’t have pepitas? Do sunflower seeds or other chopped nuts, or omit.

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These cookies are cushions of goodness… like old-fashioned peanut butter cookies, but denser and better. I whip up a batch and freeze 2/3 of it right away. It takes care of my breakfast for weeks.

I often have two cookies first thing in the morning before I exercise, and I might have one more if I’m hungry afterward. They give me the perfect amount of energy to start the day.

Did I mention they are also delicious?

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Modified from a recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction.


Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

Delicious breakfast cookies that are easy to make gluten-free.
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Keyword: cookies, gluten free
Author: Beth Cato


  • 2 cups quick oats not whole or old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon heaping
  • 1 cup nut butter
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • 3/4 cup fruit butter apple butter, date butter, etc
  • 1 cup dried fruit raisins, cranberries, etc
  • 1/2 cup pepitas shelled pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed optional


  • Preheat oven to 325-degrees. Prepare cookie sheets with parchment or silpat baking mats, or use seasoned stoneware.
  • Combine all of the ingredients into a large bowl.
  • Using a tablespoon or tablespoon scoop, drop dollops of dough onto cookie sheet. Note that it won't spread. Use fingers to gently tamp down top and press in stray oats on the sides; it will be a little sticky.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, until firm. Cool for several minutes before transitioning them to a rack to finish cooling.

Makes about 28 cookies at tablespoon size. In a sealed container at room temperature, cookies will keep for at least a week. They can also be frozen without any change in taste or texture.


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      1. These looks scrumptious! Thank you. I’m going to see about making some. I have some sweet potato apple butter that might be just the thing for the fruit!

        • That sounds like a type of butter that would be absolutely delicious in these cookies! I hope you enjoy the recipe!