These healthy banana oatmeal breakfast cookies are made with peanut butter and no flour, but you’d never tell! Rolled oats, banana, and peanut butter are combined to make thick and chewy cookies. No eggs, no sugar and an option to make this without banana!
3 Ingredient Breakfast Cookies
When it comes to breakfast, I used to always think I was oatmeal, sweet bread, or a pancake kind of guy.
Not to play favorites, but as long as there was some banana in there too, I’d be a happy camper. No wonder some of my favorite breakfasts were banana pancakes, banana breakfast bread, and even a banana bread mug cake.
Now we can add cookies to the mix.
One of my favorite snacks are my flourless banana bread cookies, but enjoying them for breakfast would be a little bit generous. While delicious, they didn’t have the staying power I needed.
I played around with the original recipe, wanting to see if I could adapt it to be more filling. I also wanted to see if I could keep them for a longer period of time, as I am ALL about prepping breakfasts in advance.
You guys, these oatmeal breakfast cookies have the BEST texture ever- Soft, chewy and
When it comes to taste, it is a mix between banana bread, oatmeal cookies and almost buttery, thanks to the peanut butter.
Not only are these quick and easy breakfast cookies made with just 3 ingredients, but they are also vegan, gluten-free, dairy free and refined sugar free!
To make these oatmeal breakfast cookies, you only need THREE (or 4!) ingredients-
- Rolled or Old fashioned oats
- Peanut Butter
- Chocolate Chips (optional)
OATMEAL AND ALTERNATIVES
Gluten-free rolled oats (old fashioned oats) are the best type of oats to use, as it provides the best chewy texture, and helps hold the cookies together. Quick oats and oat bran will also work, but you will need to increase the amount by an extra tablespoon or two.
To make these cookies without oatmeal, you can substitute it for quinoa flakes or buckwheat flakes. I wasn’t a fan of the buckwheat flakes, as it had a really chewy, almost nutty texture.
PEANUT BUTTER ALTERNATIVES
As a die-hard peanut butter fan, I LOVED these breakfast cookies, as the peanut butter flavor was really evident.
However, I know many readers can’t tolerate peanut butter or aren’t a fan of it. You can substitute it with almond butter or even cashew butter.
To keep it nut-free, sunflower seed butter and smooth tahini can also be used.
HOW TO MAKE OATMEAL COOKIES WITHOUT BANANA
Again, I’m a huge banana fan, especially at breakfast, so I was fine as it was.
However, I tested it out with unsweetened applesauce and pumpkin. Both of these work fine, but you’ll need to take note of the changes below.
The best banana substitute is using both applesauce AND pumpkin. The applesauce will provide a slight sweetness, and the pumpkin helps keep the cookies firmer. However, you will need to add some sweetener, like granulated monk fruit, swerve or even liquid stevia.
If you only use unsweetened applesauce, you will need to add an extra 1/4 cup of rolled oats.
If you only use pumpkin, you may need to add a tablespoon more of pumpkin.
TIPS AND TRICKS FOR PERFECT 3 INGREDIENT OATMEAL COOKIES
Don’t be afraid to add more oats if you find the batter to be too thin- This is often due to the amount of mashed banana used.
Definitely add some chocolate chips, for a little fun. I prefer using mini chocolate chips, as they spread evenly, but standard sized chocolate chips work well too.
Use a cookie mat to bake the cookies on, for easy removal. If you use a cookie sheet, ensure you lightly grease it.
When it comes to storage of the breakfast cookies, PLEASE refrigerate them. I tried leaving these cookies out at room temperature and after 2 days, it really lacked flavor and even started to spoil. These cookies can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.
These breakfast cookies are definitely freezer friendly too! They can be kept frozen for up to 2 months, just be sure to thaw overnight before eating!
3 Ingredient Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies (Vegan, Gluten Free)
- 2 cups gluten free rolled oats Can sub for quinoa flakes or buckwheat flakes
- 3 large overripe bananas, mashed
- 1/2 cup peanut butter can sub for any nut or seed butter
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips of choice Optional
- Preheat the oven to 175C/350F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients and mix very well, until fully combined. If using chocolate chips, stir them in with a spatula.
- Lightly wet your hands and form 8 balls with the cookies. Place each ball on the lined mat, and press each ball into a cookie shape. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until slightly golden on the edges. Remove from the oven.
- Allow cooling on the mat for 10 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Hi, can you use steel cut oats instead?
I haven’t tried, feel free to experiment and see!
These are so good!!!!
I ❤️ these easy cookies and all the possible substitutes that are possible to match your dietary restrictions, needs, and preferences! Here is a tip…..I sprinkle a little cinnamon on top of each cookie before sending them into the oven 😋
That sounds fantastic! 🙂
Hello! I am new to baking. Like to find out how long to pre-heat the oven for please. Thanks!
Hi! 10 minutes should be fine!
Easy delicious cookies. I add raisins and chopped nuts and occasionally orange peel. yummy!
Fabulous additions 🙂
Does the nutritional information provided account for the choc chips added?
Not included 🙂 Feel free to adjust the nutritional information if you add it
Hi, I tried 2 times but no clue why its soft but not crispy? I’ve added many oats to make the batter thicker though.. Appreciate your help!
Hi Linda- These cookies aren’t crispy, they are soft and chewy.
These are awesome!! I added cinnamon, brown flaxseed meal, and blueberries instead of chocolate chips in mine.
😀 sounds delicious!
I used this recipe except cut the recipe in half because I only had one and a half banana. I added 1 tbls of honey, 1 tbls of peanut butter , a dash of vanilla and a dash of cinnamon. I realize this is not following the recipe but if it weren’t for the 3 base ingredients that you provided, I am sure I would not have thought of this recipe on my own… so thank you for the recipe
This reciepe is a game-changer for my 4-year-old’s morning routine! She hasn’t asked for junk food since we first made them! She gets excited to try new combos, too! Thanks so much for sharing!
Aw that means so much- You are so welcome, Sarah!
My child has egg, dairy and nut allergy. What can I substitute for peanut butter?
Sunflower seed butter or tahini
So easy and tasty. One is not enough! Will be making again soon!
😀 love it!
These are so good!!! How can something so simple be so great? Will make again!! Ps, the batter is delicious before going in the oven too… for the impatient ones out there 😂
Hahaha I can attest to that!
I added Lily’s chocolate chips, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 tbsp flax/chia seed. These cookies are big, filling and delicious!
Love that! 🙂
Do you use natural peanut butter in this or grocery shelf version — like Jiff or Peter Pan?
either can work, as long as it is smooth and drippy