Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

A healthy, chewy, gluten free breakfast cookie recipe which is high in protein, sugar free and full of complex carbohydrates for a perfect balanced breakfast or mini meal. 1 bowl and 10 minutes is all you’ll need for this super simple creation!

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip BREAKFAST Cookies- Chewy, filling and loaded with nutrients (packed with protein!) these cookies taste like dessert! {vegan, gluten free, sugar free recipe}-


For someone who thinks Dr.Oz is considered the sliced bread of television, my mum doesn’t practice one of his biggest pieces of advice- ‘Always eat breakfast’. Saying that- She did ensure my sister and I always started the day with it. Whether it be eggs, toast with nutella or even chocolate cake on occasion (okay, that was my dad but still), we never went to school with an empty stomach- Even if we wanted to otherwise. Besides, her infamous threats and reasonings made it more imperative.

“Eat breakfast, you need the energy to get A+’s!” (That clearly didn’t work)

“Eat breakfast, or the tooth fairy will forget about you!” (I was seven and pretty sure the ‘tooth fairy died when I was 5)

“Eat breakfast! Otherwise, I’m whipping out the wooden spoon!” (She never did past the age of 7)

“Eat breakfast or you will forget your French pronunciation!” (Oui, maman!) 

“Eat breakfast or you’ll have to go to Chinese school until you are thirty!” 

*Stuffs three slices of toast and skulls a glass of milk for good measure.*

So the last one was probably the threat that stuck most. I DESPISED Chinese school. That, however, is a story for another day. 

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies-

Anyway, safe to say, Niki and I went to school every single day with a full stomach and most of the time, despising my mother for resorting to threats. Now that we are older, we are well aware that she does NOT practice what she preaches.

“Mum, do you eat breakfast at work?”

..”Yes. I have a coffee and *mumbles something in Persian*”

Oh mother. You need to go to Chinese school. 

Her main excuse was the common one everyone uses these days – ‘I just wasn’t hungry’. I am not one to preach force feeding when unnecessary. Like Niki, Mum’s an amazing intuitive eater. However, some days, I know she could use that extra something to accompany her coffee in the morning- Enter, another twist on the breakfast cookies- Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies-

These healthy cookies are perfect for her to bring along to work with her and she can eat as many as she likes, depending on her hunger. I wanted to pack as much as I could into them so even one would be a satisfying mini meal until she was ready for something more substantial. These cookies are high in protein, sugar free but balanced in terms of a good proportion of carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats. They need 1 bowl and 10 minutes to prep it all and an extra 10 minutes to make them in the oven.

They are chewy, filling and most of all, delicious- But in my mum’s eyes the perfect accompaniment to her breakfast morning coffee. Excuse me as I enrol her in Chinese school. 

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

A healthy, chewy, gluten free breakfast cookie recipe which is high in protein, sugar free and full of complex carbohydrates for a perfect balanced breakfast or mini meal. 1 bowl and 10 minutes is all you'll need for this super simple creation!
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Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld



  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a cookie sheet or baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the oat bran, sea salt, protein powder and sweetener of choice and mix well.
  • In a small bowl, combine the coconut oil, canned pumpkin and egg and mix very well. Add the mixture to the dry mixture and stir until fully incorporated. Slowly add in the chocolate chips.
  • Using a large spoon, drop dough onto cookie sheets, with additional space between them as they expand. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until very lightly golden on top. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 5-10 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
  • Cookies can be kept at room temperature for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 2 months.


Do not worry if cookies look under baked- They will firm up once cooled.
If using a flavoured protein powder, consider decreasing the sweetener amount.
** If batter is too thick, add a dash of dairy free milk
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies-

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Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies- A healthy, chewy, gluten free breakfast cookie recipe which is high in protein, sugar free and full of complex carbohydrates for a perfect balanced breakfast or mini meal. 1 bowl and 10 minutes is all you'll need for this super simple creation! @thebigmansworld

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100 thoughts on “Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

  1. Cool! I recently started eating more Oat Bran, after receiving my Dukan recipe books for Christmas where a lot of the recipes there use it, so your recipe will add to my repertoire of Oat Bran recipes. Thanks. 🙂

    Also I’m off to hopefully get that canned pumpkin today that I was advised I CAN get in Scotland by a fellow Scottish blogger, Jen. But it’s also great that you’ve recommended some alternative ingredient. Much appreciated. 😀

      1. Can u use oatmeal instead of oat bran? And if so, should up grind it up first? And if you don’t use protein powder can u just leave it out or should u sub something else?

  2. OH MAN the breakfast that I ate when I was younger that truly sticks in my brain = Cheerios with like 10 packets of EQUAL because my mom did not let us get any cereals with more than 3 grams of sugar per serving but she was totally okay with the fake sugar, so I went nuts! ha ha! Hey, it worked though 😉 Well, sort of…… I would go to my friend’s houses and eat ALLLLLLLL THE CEREAL – I am talking the Lucky Charms and Fruit Loops and what not! My friend’s parents would have to grocery shop every time I left 😉 I am a FOOD TORNADO!!!!!!

  3. They sound nice! And I am totally okay with cookies for breakfast. Makes me feel so offbeat 😉
    My mum used to force me to have breakfast but when I was around 10 she gave up. But she made me drink some tea every morning to make sure I got something warm inside me at least.
    I honestly can’t remember what she made me eat. But I remember that every time I went to visit my granny she made me cornflakes with warm milk. Disgusting – but I loved it!

  4. I used to eat crunchy nut cornflakes for breakfast – basically a bowl of sugar with milk, or white toast with butter. How I wasn’t asleep by 9am I do not know.
    Still eating these bad boys out the freezer. By the way the butter beer ones – amazing x

  5. Cookies for breakfast??? Why couldn’t you be the one in charge of my breakfast back in the day! I am totally making up for lost time because I HATED eating breakfast in the morning when I was growing up! My mom would manage to send me off with a bottle of Yazoo-flavored milk because that is just about all I would agree to consume at that time in the morning. These days who needs an alarm clock when you have a rumbling appetite- I wake up so ready to eat a full on breakfast!

  6. I never used to eat breakfast growing up – my mom was a working single mother, so cooking for me in the morning (and ever, really) just never really happened! I distinctly remember having frappucinos for “breakfast” once a week though….because clearly, that’s full of wonderful, bursting nutrition.

  7. My parents always let me do my own thing when it came to breakfast. I LOVED cream of wheat on the weekends, and on school days I ate cinnamon toast eggo waffles. SO good.

  8. There you go posting delicious cookies for breakfast again, Arman. I just had some Greek yogurt, but now I am totally craving a cookie. Oh, and I’m also really curious to hear about Chinese School…it sounds like it really left an impact on you!

  9. You should know that I am obsesses with breakfast cookies, actually all cookies in general but when they’re healthy that just gives me 10 more excuses to bake them and eat them at any hour of the day! This recipes is AWESOME! Pinning and putting on the menu for next week 🙂

  10. I was terrible with breakfast growing up. Absolutely terrible. My mom had to run the gamut of things. I think that toaster pastries, eggos, and those giant goldfish sandwich crackers were the most successful. Now, breakfast is a mustmustmust.

  11. I cannot understand how people don’t eat breakfast. I wake up and am a raging bitch until I eat. Except when Vegas is around. Vegas makes me smile. *grin* Wait… what were we talking about? Haha!

    Growing up I was spoiled rotten… my mom used to bring my toasted English muffins with peanut butter or – on a week where she made bread – homemade french toast (hence my obsession). Total brat.

  12. I have to eat breakfast or you don’t want to be around me. The only time it’s a struggle is when I have an intense workout or run then I have to force myself to eat. I’ve never understand the no hunger thing after a hard workout. Love how you snuck in the pumpkin in these. Great pics too!

  13. I always had breakfast as a young kid (usually cereal or cinnamon toast), but then in high school I started skipping it because that’s what my friends did and it was the cool thing to do apparently (oh brother). Now I never skip it, obvi!

  14. I’m all about starting off the day with a good breakfast- it really is the most important meal of the day! With an option like these cookies, who could say “no” to breakfast?! Just wondering, why’d you stop at 8 cookies in that tower of yumminess? It’s still looking pretty sturdy (unlike a few of those other cookie pics), I know you could’ve hit at least 10!

  15. I went through a phase where I was eating cookies for breakfast… but they weren’t anywhere nearly as healthy as these 😆 Then there was a poptart phase… A granola bar phase… A cereal phase… An oatmeal phase… I think you get the picture. I’ve always eaten breakfast — sometimes 3 times a day — and right now I’m in the middle of a smoothie phase. It’s true love.

  16. Hahaha I love those stories about your mum 😀 I like her!
    My go to breakfast when I was in school was bread with butter and jam. Every. Single. Day. 😀 I don’t know how I made it this far. If I had known about omelettes back then… My mum eats that kind of breakfast still everyday, mostly honey on bread. She’s a good intuitive eater too!
    Btw I can’t read your posts properly on my phone anymore, on the right side the last words are cut off 🙁 is it my phone or is it maybe because of the blog makeover?

  17. OMG CHINESE SCHOOL. The worst. My whole family did it for a year in Kansas, and I cringe at the thought of it. I still only know how to count to three in Mandarin…or Cantonese. I’m terrible.
    I once ate a single slice of Kraft American cheese as my breakfast. Then I went to the doc for a checkup right after and he told me I had high cholesterol haha.

  18. I’ve never really been able to relate to people that say they “just aren’t hungry in the morning” being that I wake up with my stomach grumbling most of the time! Besides, who could argue against cookies for breakfast?!

  19. What the hell do they teach at Chinese school? That reminds me of the Greek or Hebrew school some of my Jewish and Greek friends went to. I just thought you all were better than me…

  20. I never had trouble eating breakfast as a kid. In fact, I often headed for the kitchen as soon as I got out of bed. I almost always went with a bowl (or three) of cereal. My mom wouldn’t buy certain sugary cereals (like Lucky Charms to anything chocolate) but she did buy some of the sweet ones. These usually disappeared in about a day and a half (curse you older teenage brothers!) so then we were relegated to the “healthy” stuff like shredded wheat. I liked those as well.

    I am so excited about these cookies! I prefer not to eat sugar so these sound terrific. I will probably substitute raisins for chocolate chips because I am not a fan of chips. Thanks for posting another fab recipe! And thanks for making me laugh. I love your childhood stories!

  21. My breakfasts growing up definitely weren’t as good as this! Plain old cereal for me. Can you speak fluent Chinese now? I wish my mum had forced me to go to German school!

  22. FINALLY- a breakfast cookie recipe that hasn’t been reposted to smithereens like all of the others: rolled oats, mashed banana, nut butter, add ins of choice! Mix up and they’ll be rock-hard blobs of shit that’ll taste (and look? apparently) like real cookies!


    Fuck that.

    Yours actually LOOK like cookies, not balls of hay and cow poop. And they have protein! Take THAT every blogger ever.

  23. I can’t believe your mom skips breakfast. You definitely need to threaten her with the wooden spoon. I’m not usually hungry for breakfast either, at least not for hours, which is one of the reasons my first breakfast is often a fruit filled smoothie. It’s easy to get down and I happen to love fruit so it’s a win in my book. I wouldn’t say no to a cookie either though.

  24. Arman, I’m smitten with these low carb cookies! I’m putting together a low carb cookie roundup for a client (The Low Carb Diet) and I’d love to feature these. May I puh-leeez link to this recipe and use a photo in a collage?

  25. Hi, I’m making these today and I would really like the nutritional value of these if you have them. I can’t wait to dive in. I have an addiction to sugar and have given it up and these look like the perfect fix for me. thank you.

  26. Is this recipe missing dairy free milk? I have a bowl of crumbly mix that doesn’t form a batter. I can squeeze it into balls but then they don’t cook.
    What am I doing wrong?

      1. I must have done something wrong. This is the first cookie recipe of yours that I have tried. I only had yogurt available. They are dry, hard, and don’t look anything like yours. Epic fail. Any ideas on how to save them? Add more coconut oil?

  27. I was wondering if there was something I could swap with the coconut oil or if I really didn’t need it, I’m allergic, but I really want to try these cookies. Thanks.

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