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Banana Breakfast Cookies

Banana Breakfast Cookies make a wholesome, yummy breakfast on-the-go…plus they’re naturally sweetened, gluten-free, and perfect for using up ripe bananas!

Banana Breakfast Cookies ~ a wholesome, yummy breakfast on-the-go that's naturally sweetened, gluten-free, and perfect for using up ripe bananas! | FiveHeartHome.com

May I interest you in a COOKIE FOR BREAKFAST?!?!

Oh. Do I have your attention now? Good. Because that’s exactly what I’m sharing today…oatmeal banana cookies studded with chopped nuts, kissed with peanut butter (or your favorite nut/non-nut butter), and sweetened with a touch of honey. They’re easy to make, they’re healthy, and they’re downright addictive. They’re also gluten-free (as long as you make them with certified GF oats) and you can make them vegan (using agave syrup or kosher maple syrup in place of the honey), in case you happen to care about those kinds of things.

Banana Breakfast Cookies ~ a wholesome, yummy breakfast on-the-go that's naturally sweetened, gluten-free, and perfect for using up ripe bananas! | FiveHeartHome.com

My kids actually don’t care about the pedigree of their breakfast. Their primary concern is that breakfast tastes good…better yet if it’s served under the guise of dessert. So yup…anytime “breakfast” and “cookie” are used in the same breath, my offspring are pretty much guaranteed to be immediate fans.

Banana Breakfast Cookies ~ a wholesome, yummy breakfast on-the-go that's naturally sweetened, gluten-free, and perfect for using up ripe bananas! | FiveHeartHome.com

Now don’t get me wrong…I enjoy a good cookie for breakfast as much as the next (30) 8-year-old. But these Banana Breakfast Cookies are appealing for so many more reasons. First of all, this is a great recipe for your how-am-I-going-to-use-up-all-of-these-ripe-bananas file. I don’t know about you, but I buy extra bananas every time I go the grocery store just so I’ll have overripe bananas to bake with…and then I scramble to use them up before they go bad. What can I say…it’s an illness.

Banana Breakfast Cookies ~ a wholesome, yummy breakfast on-the-go that's naturally sweetened, gluten-free, and perfect for using up ripe bananas! | FiveHeartHome.com

In addition to bananas, these cookies boast additional wholesome ingredients, including oats, nuts, and nut butter. Of course, feel free to add a handful of chocolate chips or raisins if you wish to balance out all of that goodness with a bit of sweet decadence.

Banana Breakfast Cookies ~ a wholesome, yummy breakfast on-the-go that's naturally sweetened, gluten-free, and perfect for using up ripe bananas! | FiveHeartHome.com

Finally, these Banana Breakfast Cookies are an absolute cinch to make. No mixer is required…just mash the ‘nanners, dump all of the ingredients into a bowl, and mix with a wooden spoon. Then plop the resulting (stiff) dough onto a cookie sheet, pop in the oven, and wait patiently for your breakfast of champions to emerge! These treats are not only perfect as a quick breakfast on a busy morning or even for eating on the run, but they’re also excellent tucked into a lunchbox or enjoyed as a snack.

That’s all folks! Easy, tasty, healthy Banana Breakfast Cookies. Now you can have your cookie (for breakfast)…and eat it, too. 😉

Banana Breakfast Cookies ~ a wholesome, yummy breakfast on-the-go that's naturally sweetened, gluten-free, and perfect for using up ripe bananas! | FiveHeartHome.com

Banana Breakfast Cookies

Yield: 1 dozen cookies

Banana Breakfast Cookies

Banana Breakfast Cookies make a wholesome, yummy breakfast on-the-go...plus they're naturally sweetened, gluten-free, and perfect for using up ripe bananas!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large bananas (ripe or slightly overripe), mashed (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or your favorite nut or non-nut butter, like almond butter or sunflower seed butter)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (or your favorite nut)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips or raisins, optional

Instructions

  1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Measure oats, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl; whisk to combine. Stir in mashed banana, peanut butter, honey, vanilla, pecans, and chocolate chips. Scoop dough using a scant 1/4-cup measuring cup for form 12 cookies. Flatten the top of each cookie on the baking sheet and bake for 14 to 16 minutes. Allow cookies to cool completely on baking sheet before storing in an airtight container.

Notes

For slightly sweeter cookies, you may increase honey to 1/4 cup.

Cookies will not spread, so its shape on the baking sheet is how it will look once it's baked.

For gluten-free cookies, just be sure to use GF certified oats. For vegan cookies, you may substitute agave nectar or kosher maple syrup for the honey.

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Adapted from Food Network

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  1. These look pretty tasty! Just in case you were not aware, honey is not vegan–though I am sure agave could be substituted here with similar results. Thanks for the recipe :-).

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Oh gosh, Rebecca…you’re right! I totally missed that and I apologize. I’ll correct the recipe now. Thanks so much for pointing out my mistake and hope you enjoy these if you have a chance to try them! 🙂

  2. Not to ruin the enjoyment of that scramble to use your bananas, but overripe bananas do freeze beautifully, so you don’t really have to stay within a time constraint on their use. And frozen banana pieces are delicious as “ice cubes” in cocktails or mocktails, too.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Ha, Maggie…I do enjoy the challenge of using up overripe bananas before they’re too far gone! 😉 Seriously, though, thank you for sharing your freezing tip. The last time I tried that, I forgot about the bananas and they got freezer burn, but I’ll have to try it again and keep them visible in the front of the freezer next time! And adding frozen banana pieces to a fruity cocktail is a great idea…yum! Thanks again for sharing and hope you’re having a great week. 🙂

  3. Just made these and they are delicious! I love having something quick, filling, and tasty in the morning. So good!

  4. These look yummy! I’m not a huge fan of nuts though…Can I omit the pecans without altering the rest of the recipe?

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