Breakfast Cookie Dough Cereal

Hi guys! Hope you’re having a lovely morning. <3  Today I’m going to share a breakfast recipe for something I’ve been enjoying for a few weeks now: Breakfast Cookie Dough Cereal! It sounds too good to be true, but this healthy breakfast packs in a bunch of nutrients while tasting like a treat.

breakfast cookie dough cereal

There are endless possibilities for what you can add to this and for the different toppings you can use. The main components stay the same, though: oats, nut butter, cinnamon, vanilla, salt. From there you can completely customize it to add extra protein or superfood ingredients. There’s even an option to make it raw if you’d like.


It’s pretty simple to throw together in the morning, but to make it even faster, you could always put it together the night before and add your milk of choice in the am. 

Just mix together the dry ingredients,


add the nut butter and sweetener, and stir until it resembles cookie dough crumbles,

crumbly cookie dough

top with your favorite things, and store in the fridge overnight.

breakfast cookie dough cereal

Breakfast Cookie Dough Cereal Recipe

Here’s the full recipe if you’d like to give it a try!


Breakfast Cookie Dough Cereal



  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 2 tbsp nut butter of choice (almond, peanut, cashew, sun butter, etc)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 tsp maple syrup, honey or liquid stevia
  • 1 cup milk of choice (I like almond milk)

Optional Add Ins

  • 1/2 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Toppings Options

  • Fresh fruit like banana or strawberries
  • Goji berries
  • Dried Cherries
  • Cacao nibs
  • Shredded coconut


  1. Stir together oats, cinnamon, salt, vanilla, and any of the optional add ins.
  2. Add nut butter and sweetener of choice, mixing well and breaking it up with the back of a spoon until it resembles crumbly cookie dough.
  3. Top with milk of choice and your desired toppings.
  4. Enjoy!


  • For a quicker breakfast, make this the night before and add the milk in the morning!


  • Serving Size: 1

Raw Cookie Dough Cereal

If you’d like to try the raw version, you need to start with groats instead of oats (available in the bulk section of most health food stores). Soak 1/2 cup overnight, then drain and rinse them in the morning. Pulse in a food processor to break them up a bit, then add all the rest of the ingredients and pulse to combine. Transfer the crumbly mixture to a bowl, and add your milk and toppings. Feast! 🙂

So there ya go! Please let me know if any of ya’ll try it 🙂 It’s a perfect breakfast choice for summer, when you still want your oatmeal, but aren’t in the mood for something warm. I’ll probably get back into hot oats again when cooler weather comes back, but breakfast cookie dough cereal is definitely something I could enjoy year round. 


I’m off to do some yoga and then get back to the packing/moving beast.

See ya later today with a post on fall change/resolutions and a re-visit to the ol’ inspiration board.



Something to think:
“People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong…Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?”

-Thich Nhat Hanh

This healthy breakfast is almost too good to be true! Breakfast cookie dough cereal is packed with protein, healthy fats and nutrients to get your day started right. | #cookiedoughcereal #healthycookiedough #breakfastcookiedough

Photos by: Laura Baker

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  1. tasha on June 1, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Finally tried this fo’ breakfast this morning. I’ve been hooked on the cookie and overnight oats for some time and I was wondering how this cereal would be. It’s amazingly good to be so “simple.” Yet another fitnessista creation to add to my recipe rotation. Thanks! 😉

  2. Tichina on June 10, 2011 at 7:05 am

    I have been eyeing this breakfast for a couple of days, I finally tried it this morning and ohhhhhh boyyyy. I used chocolate protein powder, left the cinnamon out, and used PB2… it’s like a party in my mouth haha. I may have to make this for lunch too! 🙂

    • Christina OSAS on September 29, 2014 at 11:19 am

      I know this is an old comment, but so happy to see that someone tried this with chocolate protein and pb2! I was just thinking that’s what I wanted to do, but wondered if it would taste good. Now I know!

  3. Sara on June 29, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Holy mama! I just made the cookie dough cereal for the first time (eating it now!) and it is GLORIOUS! I love the cinnamon-y, almond buttery goodness and all the different textures going on! Changes I made: nixed the protein powder, used agave nectar as the sweetener, and topped with frozen blueberries. This is my new favorite breakfast. I’ll be blogging about this later today! Thanks, G!! 😀

  4. Theresa on July 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Can I use steel cut oats in this recipe? I love your website! 🙂

  5. Kasey Parker on July 17, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I tried this for the first time this morning (a friend linked to this page from twitter because she tried it first) and it was amazing! It filled me up too – which was very surprising! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm

      so glad you liked it!

  6. Christine on July 22, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Hi Gina-

    I love this recipe and will be picking up the ingredients to make it tonight! Quick question – what kind of oats do you use? Quick oats? Old fashioned rolled oats?


    • Fitnessista on July 22, 2011 at 10:25 am

      old fashioned or quick will work! i prefer old fashioned

  7. Haley @ Fit, Young, and Fabulous on August 29, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I make this every day!! It is SO hard not to eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!! Mmmmm

  8. Cheryl on August 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Pretty much this cereal is my reason for going to the gym in the morning THANK you for creating and sharing!

  9. Alexis@hummusapien on September 7, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Made this today and I’m in love. The texture is amazing with the nut butter! I plugged you on my blog 🙂

  10. Kendyl on October 13, 2011 at 8:22 am

    I am really wanting to try this, but what are oat groats?

  11. Caitlin @ Vegetarian in the City on November 1, 2011 at 11:39 am

    yum. i love oatmeal – gives a good boost to keep going all day!

  12. Tania Neater on November 2, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Finally had this about 5 min ago with chia seeds, raisins, almond butter, cinnamon and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. YUMMY!
    make it a great day!

  13. Jenna on November 4, 2011 at 9:06 am

    O my goodness, Gina, I just tried b fast cookie dough cereal for the first time… Made my morning! Thanks!

  14. Rose on November 7, 2011 at 12:41 am

    This looks great! But I’m slightly confused.. is this the same thing as old fashioned oat meal but uncooked? I think I’m going to try this for breakfast this week!

    • Fitnessista on November 7, 2011 at 12:57 am

      yep, you just don’t cook it 🙂

  15. Jenn on November 16, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    I can’t wait to try this because i love your breakfast cookie! 🙂 Do you have the nutrition facts for this?

  16. Rachelle on December 30, 2011 at 11:55 am

    New to your blog. Just tried this and it’s delicious and healthy. I always have a hard time cramming in protein at breakfast so this is great. Next time I will try oat “flour” (ground up oats) and a whole scoop of protein (I use Progressive Organics Whey in Vanilla) for a good-til-supper version. Thanks!

  17. Alyssa on January 12, 2012 at 8:13 am

    I finally took your advice and bought sunwarrior. Then I tried your breakfast cookie dough cereal. oh. my. god. I’m obsessed! It’s so good!!! Lady, you’re a genius. And not that it has anything to do with the cereal, but since I’m popping out of the woodwork to leave a comment I have to include a congratulations on the birth of your beeeeeautiful baby girl.. and even more beautiful name for her. Sending much health and happiness your way!

  18. Leanne on May 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I’ve made this twice, and I absolutely love it! I find it actually keeps me satisfied, which doesn’t happen with most breakfasts! I’m not too knowledgeable about Stevia though or what forms it comes in – do you use a powdered form, or liquid form? I’ve been making mine with powdered Equal, but was wondering what it’d be like with something like Agave syrup?

  19. Laura on May 26, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Just tried this this morning and it was delicious! I wasn’t sure about the cold oatmeal thing, but it turned out great! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Sarah on June 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    So I’m late the to serious cereal party, but this stuff is great. I just made it this morning and I’m excited. I HATE oatmeal. I’ve tried in vain to like it, but it’s not really going to happen. But this, I can get behind dry oatmeal mixed with yummy peanut butter and other mix ins.

    (I’m so stoked I found your blog, it’s a great resource since I’m adopting a healthier lifestyle)

  21. Liz on June 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm
  22. Annie on June 13, 2012 at 8:23 am

    I’m a little late to the game, but wanted to let you know that the cereal was delicious and filling! I used honey for sweetener and added some dried cranberries. I’ll definitely use this again in the future!

  23. TeriLyn [a foodie stays fit] on July 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    i FINALLY tried this!! I made the original version and it was awesome! I’m so glad I have this in my breakfast arsenal now since I never remember to make the breakfast cookie the night before. 🙂

  24. Tiffany on July 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I just died and went to foodie heaven! Lucky for me I have all those ingredients except almond milk. Running to the store! Thanks for sharing this!

  25. lisa on July 28, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Hi! I just want to firstly tell you that you’re an inspiration to me! 🙂 So pretty much my situation is i had been eat cleaning for months. to me that meant a meal plan like oats, egg whites, cinnamon, chia seeds for breakfast and lean chicken turkey, sweet potatoes, coconut oil and lots of veggies for other meals. I was very clean and was strict on sodium and macros. i worked out almost every morning and i was lean and toned. i followed lots of your recipes and ideas too!:) but then i went on a three week vacation. i binged everyday. i would stuff myself full of ben and Jerry’s, ritz crackers, peanut m&ms, animal crackers, sushi, chocolate and other junk. i never enjoyed any of it though,i would punish myself by eating. i am depriving myself of veggies, water and wearing makeup because i hate myself now. i am not sure why either. anyway now i crave all that junk. i used to never crave that crap:( i am so frustrated i dont have the small, cute, toned body i used to! i put on 10 lbs!! 10 real lbs, its not water weight cuz its been a while. i am chunky, cellulitely, and self conscious. i have a small frame so 10 lbs looks bad. i am kinda lost in what to do. somedays i just cry myself to sleep because i am so repulsed by the way i look. i want to get out of this rut! i want to be small and lean again, i just feel like i have no self control because i seriously eat so much(emotional though).i cant feel full or hunger so its hard to know when to stop. i feel the desire to eat and i feel cranky when its been over 4 hours.. Anyway, what do you suggest? what are your thoughts? would a strict meal plan help? maybe with a few treats then cut down throughout the week? i am so desperate for help! Well, thank you!


    • Fitnessista on July 29, 2012 at 1:41 am

      hey girl,
      thank you so much for reading my blog and i’m so sorry to hear you’re going through this. i definitely recommend seeking help from a local rd or specialist in your area to see if they can help you overcome the emotional side of your dilemma. i’m proud of you for realizing that something is wrong and that you want to take steps to take care of your health and your body. i think the easier you are on yourself, the easier it will be for you to find a balance that helps you achieve your goals while allowing you to enjoy the things you love.
      sending the best wishes to you. show yourself love and patience- you deserve kindness from yourself <3

  26. Kelly on July 30, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I’ve been needing a new oatmeal breakfast to add to my routine and this one was fantastic and nutritious! What a great combination of everything! I used Vanilla Almond milk and added blueberries and bananas on top- perfection! Thanks for an easy, one bowl recipe!

  27. Izzy on August 9, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Hi!!!! My mom and I LOVE your cereal recipe! We eat it everyday! It’s such a creative and amazing recipe!
    P.S. Have you ever tried substituting the nut butter for a sweet potato? We tried it and it tasted really good! You’re my inspiration! I love your blog! 🙂

  28. Amanda on November 8, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Found this through Fitness mag’s website! For the “original,” do you cook the oats at all?

  29. Sabrina on November 21, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Love love LOVE this recipe!
    I’ve seen various versions but can’t seem to locate the nutritional content. Any ideas?

  30. Kelly on March 13, 2013 at 9:57 am

    for the original, do you just eat the oats as is? not cooked, soaked or anything?

    • Fitnessista on March 13, 2013 at 10:17 am


  31. Heather on April 22, 2013 at 10:50 am

    This cereal is so good. Life changer right here!

  32. Kylie on June 23, 2013 at 7:18 pm


    I’ve just discovered your blog. I have been bored with my standard oats for breakfast and stumbled across your cookie dough cereal. I just made it for breakfast and have to say it is just divine. I’m hooked! This Aussie thanks you! We don’t have “cookie dough” stuff in Australian and when I went to the states a few years ago I fell in love with anything cookie dough. Now I can have it for breakfast, just a healthier version.

    Kind regards


  33. Joseph on June 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Wow, when I stumble across this post I thought it was a joke. Cookie dough for breakfast? But I’m definitely going to try this now.

  34. phoebe on July 17, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    yumm!! I’ve eaten this cereal for a few times already!!

    I added 2T applesauce in addition to 1T peanut butter – so the cookie dough texture is right, but not too much healthy fat calories (I’m watching my macro).

  35. Beth on August 1, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    With your cookie dough cereal…how does it cook? You don’t add hot water, or hot milk, or cook it. So how does it cook and dissolve? So curious! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 1, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      it doesn’t! the milk softens the oats a little

  36. Aubrey on August 6, 2013 at 9:55 am

    How many tbs is half a scoop?

    • Fitnessista on August 6, 2013 at 10:39 am

      i’d say about 1?

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