Baked Breakfast Cookie

It took some trial and error, friends, but I’ve finally perfected the baked breakfast cookie.

Baked Breakfast Cookies

Here’s the back story:

Almost 5 years ago (has it really been that long?!) I endeavored to create a portable, healthy breakfast option. I was always on the go, especially in the mornings, and wanted to something I could pack up and take with me to work, the gym, or to enjoy after class. It had to be something new, something dessert-like, easy to make ahead, and BOOM: the breakfast cookie was born!

protein breakfast cookie

Of all the wild and crazy creations I’ve made since I’ve started the blog, the breakfast cookie is probably my favorite. It’s customizable, has awesome nutrition stats, and while not the most aesthetically appealing, it’s a pretty amazing breakfast option. Even so, it’s not *perfect*:

-While cookie-like, it’s more of a patty than an actual cookie… it has to be eaten with a spoon.

-It’s cold. Not always the best option for winter breakfasts (even though a zap in the microwave helps).

-Banana. Some people love it, some people hate it or are allergic.

I’d been scheming of ways to create an actual baked cookie as an extension my beloved overnight oats-esque creation.

I haven’t actually attempted it because I was nervous! Whatever I made had to live up to the original bfast cookie, instead of being a regular oatmeal cookie with some protein powder thrown in.

Healthy baked breakfast cookie

I think I did it πŸ˜‰

Introducing the new baked breakfast cookie, no spoon required:

Healthy baked breakfast cookies with milk

These are the perfect grab-and-go breakfast. Mix up the ingredients and bake up a batch ahead of time to have them on hand for your busy mornings.

Healthy baked breakfast cookie dry ingredients

Healthy baked breakfast cookies in the oven

Here’s the recipe for ya!

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The Baked Breakfast Cookie

A healthy, make ahead baked breakfast cookie for your on-the-go mornings!

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Ingredients

  • 2 C oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 small container applesauce (4oz)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 pack Stevia (or other sweetener, to taste)
  • 1/2 C nut butter
  • 24 oz chocolate chips, dried fruit, any mix-ins you love. *If you’re not using chocolate chips, I’d be sure to add in some brown sugar or something similar, since the chocolate adds a nice amount of sweetness.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and spray a large cookie sheet with olive oil or nonstick spray.
  2. Mix all of the dry ingredients (plus any mix-ins) in a large bowl.
  3. Next, add the egg, applesauce, and sweetener-mix well.
  4. Using your hands (it helps to wet them a little-the dough is sticky!), shape the dough into 8 large cookies and place on the greased baking sheet.
  5. Bake 10-12 minutes.
  6. Let cool on the baking sheet and store in the fridge (eat within 3 days) or in the freezer to heat and enjoy.

*Nutrition stats are here

I hope you love them!

xoxo

Gina

Do you take breakfast to-go very often? What’s your favorite?

I also love breakfast cookie dough cereal, protein pancakes and egg burritos for easy grab-and-go options.

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131 Comments

  1. Beth on February 11, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    So excited to try this out! I’ve been trying to shake up my breakfast routine, and this seems like a great option.

  2. Lisa on February 11, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Wow that seems like such a long time ago! Time passes by far too quickly. It’s funny because I just tried the breakfast cookie and am not a little obsessed with it;)
    So now, I’m definitely going to try this out!
    I love having baked oats and making them the night before so I have them first thing in the morning, for some reason cooked oats seem to do better with me in the morning. And these look delicious!

  3. Anne @ eatcleaneatreal.com on February 11, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    These look so good! Im always looking for a new breakfast option!

  4. Kerry @ Totes My Oats on February 11, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    These look divine! I love your original breakfast cookie so I definitely need to try this baked option πŸ™‚

  5. Katrina on February 11, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Hey Gina,
    This may sound like a dumb question but I’m new to this, so… Where do you take the protein powder listed in this recipe?
    Thanks a bunch!
    Katrina

    • Fitnessista on February 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      no worries at all- just add it in with the dry ingredients
      xoxo

      • Katrina on February 11, 2013 at 9:49 pm

        Thanks for a quick reply! Sorry I was distracted @ work when typing my question haha – meant to ask where do you BUY protein powder? Trying to get into healthy eating and love your recipes!

        • Katrina on February 11, 2013 at 9:53 pm

          Aw never mind, found all answers in Tammy’s comments below. Health stores and Sun Warrior πŸ™‚

  6. Amanda @ .running with spoons. on February 11, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    A healthy chocolate chip oatmeal cookie that you can enjoy for breakfast? Uhm… sold! Definitely loving the idea of portable baked oatmeal. Thanks, Gina!

  7. Tammy on February 11, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! I LOVE the original breakfast cookie, so this would be a nice way change it up but still get a portable, nutritious breakfast. One question, though, relating to protein powder. I know you use Sun Warrior. I’ve used many brands of whey protein, but recently found out that I am highly sensitive to whey. Unfortunately, I’m also highly sensitive to eggs, which breaks my heart. Any non whey, non dairy protein powder that I’ve tried so far has tasted like death. How is the flavor of the Sun Warrior? Since it’s a little spendy, I’d hate to buy it and then not like the flavor. I just bought a plant based protein powder that I tried for the first time over the weekend. It’s super grainy and tastes awful, even though it’s supposed to be vanilla flavored. I’d really like to find a decent tasting option that doesn’t completely overwhelm the delicious berries and almond milk in my smoothies and make the entire drink taste bad.

    Thanks so much!

    • Fitnessista on February 11, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      i personally think sun warrior is the best-tasting vegan protein powder, which makes it worth the cost. where are you located? there may be a health food store near you that has sample packs. our local health food store (new life) sells sun warrior, but i can’t remember if they have samples :/ i’d hate for you to try it and not love it because as you said, it’s pretty expensive.

      • Tammy on February 11, 2013 at 7:32 pm

        Thanks so much for replying! I live in the Portland, Oregon area. I will do some research and see if I can find a local store that carries it. Thanks for that suggestion. I also emailed Sun Warrior and asked them about sample sizes. Worst case, I decide to buy it and don’t love it. I’ll still use it, but just might add a little more fruit to make it taste better.

        Thanks again!

        • JBecca on February 11, 2013 at 7:40 pm

          Not to butt in, but I emailed Sun Warrior about samples last year and they were happy to oblige. They sent two samples of their Warrior Blend.

          • Fitnessista on February 11, 2013 at 7:41 pm

            awesome! they have great customer service



          • Tammy on February 11, 2013 at 8:00 pm

            Thanks so much for letting me know! It’s definitely worth a try.



    • Crystal on February 11, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      I’ve been using vanilla sun warrior for a couple years now and I think it’s the best, as far as flavor and consistency goes. Vega protein is good too, but even more expensive. I usually wait for sun warrior to go on sale on gina’s open sky.

  8. Bonnie on February 11, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    This cookie will fit in perfectly with my morning routine. Thanks! One question though, I have eliminated eggs from my diet. How do you think this will work using a flax “egg”?
    Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on February 11, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      i think it should work great! you may need to add a little almond milk for texture, but other than that, you should be bueno πŸ™‚

  9. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on February 11, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Omg I love the original breakfast cookie so this will be great to switch off to !!

  10. Naomi on February 11, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    I am so excited to try these out! They look awesome. I am a big fan of the breakfast cookie and breakfast cookie dough cereal. In fact, I am eating the latter right now! Works for dinner in a pinch too πŸ˜‰

  11. Shirley on February 11, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Hi! When do you add the nut butter? Is that when you add the rest of the wet ingredients? I thought nut butter was wet…?

    • Fitnessista on February 11, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      yep!

  12. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on February 11, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    These look great Gina! I’m going to be doing a couple of half marathons this year that involve traveling so I might just whip up a few batches of these cookies to fuel me along. I’m sure the flavour combos are endless!

  13. Crystal on February 11, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I am making these tonight!

  14. natalie @ will jog for food on February 11, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    That looks awesome! I just saved the recipe πŸ™‚

    My usual on-the-go breakfast is a smoothie I drink on the way to work.

  15. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries on February 11, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Great idea! It looks yummy! I love your traditional breakfast cookie, and I’m so glad you reminded me of it in this post. I’ve been kind of in a breakfast rut the past few weeks, and I totally forgot about the breakfast cookie so I’m going to throw that back into the rotation to help. I look forward to trying this version out soon too!

  16. Lauren @ Eat Like An Elephant on February 11, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    I confess, I have never actually made your original breakfast cookie (although it always looked delicious) but this I am making TOMORROW. Gluten free, dairy free, and contains ingredients I already have in my pantry…consider it done!

  17. Babs on February 11, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Anything healthy cookie-fied, I love!

  18. Elizabeth on February 11, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    I can’t wait to try these… I happen to have all of the ingredients on hand so I’m tempted to go ahead and give it a whirl tonight! Thanks Gina for introducing me to a whole variety of healthy & nutritious food options. Your blog is very inspiring to me, especially in terms of healthy living πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on February 11, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      thank you so much for the sweet comment and for reading <3 i hope you enjoy them
      xoxo

  19. kelly on February 11, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    What type of oats did you use? I thought all oats contained gluten. These look delicious. Can’t wait to try out this recipe!

    • Fitnessista on February 11, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      nope, the problem with oats not being gluten-free is that they’re often cross-contaminated in the facility. trader joe’s has gluten free oats (a huge bag for like $4?)

  20. Karissa on February 11, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    This looks AMAZING!! Thank you SOOO much for always posting such wonderful, healthy recipes that don’t taste like cardboard!! You are so awesome Gina- your blog is really helping me clean up my eating even more and, gotta say, totally getting inspiration from you and all your awesome readers/contributors to do so, including cutting back on my terrible diet soda habit!
    Can’t wait to try it- I so miss being close to a Trader Joes and a Whole Foods. Soon!! πŸ™‚

  21. Haley @ fullnfit on February 11, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Looks like another winner to me!! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  22. Brittany on February 11, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    You. are my favorite. person. EVER!!!!!!!!!!! I will make these tomorrow night for the morning! You have no idea how happy this makes me!! eeeeeppppp

  23. Pam on February 11, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Drool… these look divine, another winner Gina!!
    Do you think these cookies would work with cooked quinoa or millet instead of the oats?
    If I didn’t want to use stevia, how much sweetener do you recommend? A tablespoon or more of say honey?
    I think this would be great with a green juice or smoothie πŸ™‚ I don’t like to eat on the run, it always messes up my stomach. I’ve got to plant myself in a seat and eat calmly, chew slowly, otherwise it throws me off for a while.

  24. Monica on February 11, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Thank you for making a baked version! I have these in the oven right now!

  25. Megan @ MegGoesNomNom on February 11, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    I have the same placemat as you – World Market!? πŸ˜€

    • Fitnessista on February 11, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      of course! my fave store πŸ™‚

  26. Jeannie on February 11, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    I love the oroginal breakfast cookie! I also made your perfect protein pancakes for the first time last night and I loved them and my husband has been eating them up too. I def will try the baked breakfast cookie very soon.

  27. Amber on February 11, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    This looks like a good one, girl! I’ll have to try it out!

  28. Kaitlin on February 11, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    The nutrition stats on these cookies are amazing! Since my husband deployed I’ve been having a hard time getting enough protein (he’s the protein lover in this family), and this will provide a good start to the morning. What protein rich foods did you eat while your husband was deployed? I have a hard time motivating myself to cook when he’s gone because most of the fun in cooking was cooking for him. Any recommendations?

  29. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on February 11, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I am a steadfast fan of the original breakfast cookie (sort of scared to stray!) but this looks fantastic πŸ™‚

  30. Elizabeth M. on February 11, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    OMG I am so excited about this.

  31. chrissy on February 11, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    these look like the kashi oatmeal cookies! these are a good dupe if you want to spend the time customizing your cookie.

  32. Bek @ Crave on February 12, 2013 at 2:03 am

    I don’t usually do breakfast to go but if I do its my protein slice!

  33. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on February 12, 2013 at 7:30 am

    I rarely have to eat my breakfast on the go, but that will probably change once I start my dietetic internship next year. These look perfect! πŸ˜€

  34. Danielle on February 12, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Any excuse to eat a cookie for breakfast right?! These look amazing!

  35. Kim on February 12, 2013 at 8:22 am

    I’m so excited about your new recipe. I think I will really like these since they are baked (the texture!). Can’t wait to try these!!!

  36. J on February 12, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I made these this morning and they are awesome! The only thing I did differently was made 6 huge cookies instead of 8. They were HUGE and filling and everything I imagined. I did the math and they were still under 300 calories after I made the change.

    Thanks for helping me through my journey to become healthier. Sometimes I feel like I’m about to fall off the wagon and suddenly a new, inspirational recipe appears on your blog. Your awesome!

    A cranberry orange breakfast cookie would be delightful as well, any recommendations?

    Jyl

    • Fitnessista on February 12, 2013 at 10:16 am

      whoa that makes me so happy to hear <3
      try adding 2 oz of dried cranberries, orange zest and a squeeze of orange juice πŸ™‚
      xoxo

  37. Joelle (on a pink typewriter) on February 12, 2013 at 9:11 am

    That’s actually how I first stumbled upon your blog, and it just so happened I could also relate to so much about you at the time (dealing w deployments, etc.)…. Thank goodness for the bfast cookie!

  38. Hayley@pbrunnergirl on February 12, 2013 at 9:46 am

    OMG Gina, you have out done yourself! I cannot wait to make these!

  39. Keri Elmore on February 12, 2013 at 9:49 am

    These are great. I was low on oats so I threw in 4 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut and used chocolate protein powder and they are yummm. Thanks!!!!

  40. Vesna Fit Missy on February 12, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Looks great!!!!!

    I’d like to try this.

  41. Caitlin on February 12, 2013 at 11:26 am

    mmmm mmm mmm! I halfed the recipe and made 4 in the toaster oven, I used banana instead of applesauce and also added in some salted sunflower seeds and coconut, SO GOOD!

    • Fitnessista on February 12, 2013 at 11:33 am

      whoo hoo!

  42. Miss Molly on February 12, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I will have to try these because I make the breakfast cookie all the time!

  43. Brittany @ Kitchen::Candid on February 12, 2013 at 11:41 am

    I can’t wait to try that! I think it will be perfect for my husband. He likes a grab and go breakfast and I’m so tired of buying those skeezy “nutrition” bars. We will definitely be trying these out!! Thanks Gina!

  44. Allison @ Train Eat Repeat on February 12, 2013 at 11:41 am

    omg these looks fantastic! I eat oatmeal every morning for breakfast, this would be a way quicker option with a lot more protein. making soon!

  45. Brooke on February 12, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Ate one of these this morning for breakfast! It was DELICIOUS! My co-worker was so jealous she told me she’d pay me if I brought her one tomorrow!

    • Fitnessista on February 12, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      haha i love it! i just ate one, too πŸ™‚

  46. Tracy on February 12, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I’ve been experimenting with my own kind of pre-workout cookie of my own and you just perfected it for me! Thanks you…can’t wait to give it a try!

  47. Chelsea on February 12, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    These look yummy! Don’t have any protein powder at the moment. Any suggestions for subs? Coconut flour? Just leave out the p.powder?

    • Fitnessista on February 12, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      i’d add something instead. 42g of coconut flour should work

  48. Catherine on February 12, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    looks good! it’s funny though, because ever since you first shared the bfast cookie i’ve been baking them! it’s hard to eat something with a spoon on the freeway lol. i just throw the cookies into the oven for about 10 mins after i mix all the ingredients (ingredients from your original tutorial) and they turn out fine and in don’t find i need sugar or anything, i do usually add some dried fruit so that gives it some sweetness. i will certainly try out this recipe though πŸ™‚ thanks gina!

  49. meghan on February 12, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Thanks for this recipe! I just pinned a bunch of your make ahead easy to grab breakfast recipes. Do you have a recipe that you follow for your egg burrito? I get the concept, but do you assemble before you freeze, or how does that work?

  50. Sara @ fitcupcaker on February 12, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    breakfast cookie sounds amazing…I could eat it for any snack or with any meal really πŸ™‚ I love being creative in the kitchen with oats and protein powder!

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