Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Banana-Oat Breakfast Cookies

Who says you can't give your kids cookies for breakfast?

This morning when I woke up, I noticed I had 6 bananas that were over-ripe and would go bad if I did not use or freeze them that day. My husband offered to make banana bread, but I wanted to try something different. That's when the idea hit me for breakfast cookies, and let me tell you they were a huge hit! My kids felt like they were getting a huge treat by getting cookies for breakfast, and I was happy because what they were eating was really no worse that oatmeal doctored up with a little fruit and sugar. Win-win situation. It doesn't get any better!

So, here it is...

***Banana-Oat Breakfast Cookies - yields around 18 cookies
3 over-ripe bananas, mashed
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 farm-fresh egg (or 1 egg + 1 yolk)
2 cups oats (check to make sure they are GF)
1 1/2 cups brown rice flour

Preheat oven to 350. Mash bananas on a plate or in a small bowl. In medium-size mixing bowl, combine sugar, brown rice flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Mix well. Add egg and vanilla. Stir until sticky dough forms. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto greased baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until bottoms are brown and tops are firm. Tops will not brown a lot.


  1. April,
    These are my new go-to cookie. They are delicious and I don't feel bad eating them because they are made with ingredients that are good for you. Today I used your basic recipe but substituted applesauce for the bananas and added dried cranberries and walnuts. Also, I am trilled to be able to have a breakfast I can grab in between feeding the baby, dressing the baby, soothing the baby, etc.

  2. Sophie, I'm SO glad to read this!!!! Your variations sound fantastic too. I will definitely have to give those a shot!

  3. Last night I also made oatmeal raisin (using applesauce and adding raisins) and chocolate (using applesauce and adding cocoa powder and walnuts). They don't taste just like regular high fat and sugar cookies but this recipe tastes close enough that you still feel like you are getting a treat. I'm thinking of trying pumpkin cookies next.

  4. If you do try pumpkin, let me know what happens! Actually...I was going to make this recipe today and realized I have pumpkin on hand too! Maybe I'll give it a shot today!