The Original Breakfast Cookie

The original protein breakfast cookie. This is a delicious and healthy make-ahead breakfast recipe that tastes just like dessert! The oats absorb the milk and soften overnight, so the next morning, you can grab a spoon and enjoy. Add your favorite protein powder and customize with mix-ins of choice!

high protein no bake breakfast cookie

Here is the breakfast cookie how-to I’ve been promising:

In a small bowl, add 1/3 cup oats, 1 tbs nut butter of choice (I used raw almond) and 1/2 scoop protein powder (you can use chocolate or vanilla!)

Stir to combine and use the spoon to break up the nut butter until you have a nice crumbly mixture.

Add 1/8-1/4 cup milk of your choice (For me, unsweetened vanilla almond milk) and mix until fully moistened

Next, add in 1/2 mashed banana and stir well

Now the fun part- pick the mix-ins! You can get creative with this one– I’ve tried banana, raisins, pumpkin, chocolate chips, ground espresso beans… add anything you like πŸ˜€

Stir in your mix-ins of choice and season with a little cinnamon and/or vanilla

Plop the mixture onto an appetizer-sized plate and with the back of your spoon, flatten it into a round shape with equal thickness throughout

Put the cookie in the fridge overnight. It will harden slightly from the nut butter and the oats will soften from the milk.

protein breakfast cookie

Next morning, grab a spoon and enjoy πŸ˜€


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  1. Laura on November 13, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    I think honey and greek yogurt are just made for each other.

    How do you like that goat cheese? I’ve never had any goat cheese other than the crumbly kind they serve on salads.

    Have a great night!

  2. Beth on November 13, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Yay a breakfast cookie! I’ll have to try this one, and soon. How many (ish) calories do your breakfast cookies tend to total after mix-ins? Do you eat it plain or with something else?

    On the yogurt — I really think that honey flavor is the only way to go with Oikos. I don’t even really like the texture of the plain Oikos, although it’s better in the large tub than in the 90 calorie container. I love the honey, though!

  3. VeggieGirl on November 13, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    The Breakfast Cookie + grape leaves = guess what I’m about to shout…

    HOLY YUM!!!! Haha πŸ˜‰ Glad that your yogurt was “holy yum”-worthy too!!

  4. Amanda on November 13, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    that cookie looks great! do you think it would still be good without the protein powder?

    Have a great night πŸ™‚

  5. Eliza on November 13, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    The vanilla oikos you had was NOT a fluke. I definitely had the same experience with honey being way better than the vanilla. It is my favorite flavor–no question. I had the blueberry today…meh…it wasnt that great, but let me know how you like it!

    ps. can you make the cookie without protein powder?? it looks great!

  6. Pumpkin on November 13, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    Thanks sooo much for the cookie how-to! Yours always look so good and I’ve wanted to try them!

    PS- I have an award for you at my blog!

  7. I am Angie Pooh on November 13, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, but am finally commenting. First of all, I wanted to wish you a happy belated birthday. Secondly, I think you are gorgeous and I love how positive you are. And last but not least, I’m dying to try the breakfast cookie! It’s definitely on my list of to-dos this weekend. πŸ™‚

  8. Mrs. LC on November 14, 2008 at 12:16 am

    I am so confused by Grey’s too!!! Is it weird that I kind of want Denny to go away because he’s supposed to be dead and it bothers me that he’s there? And I cried tonight too…I really don’t know why, probably because of Denny.

    I tried a vanilla Oikos first, then a honey, and I def. like the honey a lot better. But Oikos is the only Greek yogurt I’ve ever tried, so I’m no expert.

  9. jenngirl on November 14, 2008 at 12:17 am

    Glad you liked the Honey Oikos, it is definitely a delight! I also love that you make your own little grape leaf wraps, I’ve only had them in restaurants, but they are sooo good!

    Have a great night!

  10. eatingbirdfood on November 14, 2008 at 12:35 am

    I had been wondering how you made that infamous breakfast cookie. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    I love greek yogurt with honey!

  11. jess on November 14, 2008 at 12:47 am

    How did I never know the breakfast cookie was COLD?!? I feel like I’ve been out of the loop for so long- what else isn’t what I thought it was? Haha.

    WHAT?!?!?! Denny’s back???? I KNOW BETTER than to check blogs BEFORE shows come on in southern california! Haha. I’m getting out the tissues πŸ˜‰

  12. eatingbender on November 14, 2008 at 1:01 am

    Ahhh I’m not caught up on Grey’s yet!! MUST. WATCH. NOW.

    Thank you for posting the how-to! This is positively scandalous, but I’m all out of oats! Once I restock my supply, I will finally make it!

  13. Amanda on November 14, 2008 at 1:05 am

    I’m so excited that you posted the recipe. I’m going to try this!

    Grey’s has been confusing me lately too!

  14. biz319 on November 14, 2008 at 1:05 am

    You just reminded me to try grape leaves – my husband loves them!

  15. Tamara (A Wedding Story) on November 14, 2008 at 1:08 am

    That breakfast cookie sounds awesome! I can’t wait to try that.

  16. just me on November 14, 2008 at 1:18 am

    great job w/ the bfast cookie display for us! i can’t wait to try! and btw, how much would a scoop of protein powder be?

  17. magpie on November 14, 2008 at 1:59 am

    Awesome cookie recipe! Thank you πŸ˜€ I will definitely have to try it.

  18. balance, joy and food! on November 14, 2008 at 8:03 am

    great recipe for the oat yummy cookie. So simple though. I’ve never had raw oats, i mean without cooking them. But I guess it’s okay to eat anyway. Have to try it!

  19. strongandhealthy on November 14, 2008 at 8:37 am

    Thanks for the breakfast cookie “how to.” I can’t wait to try it! I just had my first honey Oikos this week too! I thought it was much better than the vanilla. I have yet to try the blueberry. Have a great Friday!

  20. Holly on November 14, 2008 at 8:53 am

    I definitely have to make that! Yum!! πŸ™‚ And…is Grey’s turning into a soap opera? It bugs when people come back from the dead on TV shows. Though I do love Denny….

  21. on November 14, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Hooray for posting your breakfast cookie recipe!! I can’t wait to give this one a try!!!

    I agree with you about Gray’s … I’m not quite sure what’s going on with Denny either?!

    Happy Friday!

  22. Krista on November 14, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Thanks for the breakfast cookie how to!

  23. lighterportions on November 14, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Woo, that breakfast cookie sounds delicious. I’m glad you finally offered up a how to, I’m pretty sure I want to make that asap.

  24. Jackie on November 14, 2008 at 10:25 am

    I def agree with Laura…Honey and Greek yogurt are amazing together!!

  25. RhodeyGirl/Sabrina on November 14, 2008 at 10:29 am

    Gina I cried hysterically last night- you’re not alone. Not sure if it’s because it’s THAT week (if you know what I mean) or because the episode was just that sad. Death is just so sad and to think about how Izzy is feeling is just devastating.

    I don’t think he’s really there, I think she is just going through some type of psychosis. I am anxiously awaiting next week’s episode though!!!

    And thanks for the breakfast cookie how to!

  26. lauren on November 14, 2008 at 10:35 am

    I have to try the breakfast cookie! looks goood!

  27. Kailey on November 14, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Thank you so much for doing the b-fast cookie how-to! I’ve been wondering how you make those scrumptious-looking treats for a while now. Definitely making one tonight for manana:)
    I haven’t watched Grey’s at ALL this season- I can’t wait to catch up over Thanksgiving break!

  28. Aimee on November 14, 2008 at 11:38 am

    I love the blueberry flavor of Oikos (I have one daily), but I have not bought the honey one yet. I will have to pick one up this weekend!

  29. Catherine on November 14, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Thanks for the breakfast cookie how-to!

    Yah Grey’s has been pretty emotionally charged lately. My brother saw me tearing up and did not understand how a show makes me cry. Obviously he doesn’t watch it too…

  30. Erin of Care to Eat on November 14, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Yay breakfast cookie!

  31. kirsten on November 14, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Grey’s makes me cry every week ! I didn’t watch last nights episode but now I am even more excited to see it since Denny is in it. What a hot man. He also plays a dead guy in the show Weeds. Maybe he is typecast haha.

  32. HangryPants on November 14, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Pita and marinara is interesting!

    Thanks for the cookie step by step post! Yum.

  33. ksgoodeats on November 14, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Thanks for the breakfast cookie how-to! I’m a little late but happy belated birthday Gina, I hope you had a fabulous day πŸ™‚

    Love your blog and I hope you don’t mind if I add you to my blogroll? Happy Friday!

  34. Santa Barbara Dreaming on November 14, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Hi Gina!
    Thanks for showing us how to make your b-fast cookie! The other day, I made mine with vanilla Greek yogurt instead of milk, and it turned out fantastic as well!
    Happy Friday! The weekend is upon us! πŸ™‚

  35. Anonymous on November 14, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks for answering my question about lifting and working out on top of teaching! you are the best!! I was also so confused about Grey’s too- what the heck happened to bring him back? haha Take care Gina

  36. bellaeats on November 16, 2008 at 11:28 am

    I love the breakfast cookie idea! My husband’s grandmother makes cookies like this called “no-bakes”, I never thought of health-ifying them! And, Oikos honey yogurt is AMAZING…its one of my new favorites. πŸ™‚

  37. monica on November 16, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Your breakfast cookie is like my bircher muesli on steroids. Fascinating!

  38. h-bomb on March 15, 2009 at 10:56 am

    have you baked the cookie at all?

  39. eatingRD on March 17, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    I’m going to have to try that breakfast cookie, it looks wonderful! Just found your blog, looks great πŸ™‚

  40. melissa on April 28, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    is there any way to make the breakfast cookie without protein powder?

  41. Lexie on May 8, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    I just stated reading your blog and love it! I am making my breakfast cookie right now and can’t wait to try it in the morning!

  42. Tina on May 29, 2009 at 11:38 am

    I ate a breakfast cookie before my run today.

    I just leave my mixture in the bowl that I make it in rather than press it onto a plate. It doesn’t look like a cookie, but it’s still good.

    I put a link to your recipe on my Gotta Run Now blog. Thanks for the recipe!

  43. Jenna on August 23, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    ok so i decided to make one of the breakfast cookies that evreyone has been talking about on the blog world and i used your recipe! so i did basically everything correct, except for the fact that i put my cookie in the freezer overnight instead of the fridge! so that is why the next morning my cookie was a tad bit hard! whoops. luckily jenny from pb & jenny told me i was supposed to put it in the fridge! so now tonight i have an excuse to make one again tonight and try it out! i used 1/3 cup oats, 1 banana, 1/8 cup milk, and 1 tbsp. pb. i mean the cookie was really good towards the end when the cookie was a bit softer and i could taste everything in it versus when i took my first bite the cookie was ice cold and had like frost on it! haha

  44. Jac on August 24, 2009 at 3:25 am

    Is whey optional?

  45. Ryan @ Greens for Good on August 28, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Hey Gina! I just gave you breakfast cookie a shout out on my blog πŸ™‚ LOVE THEM!

  46. Lindsey (Mrs. LC) on September 3, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Totally made a breakfast cookie this morning and thew a shout out at ya. πŸ™‚

  47. MegaNerd on September 3, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    I tried the basic breakfast cookie yesterday… ummm… you are genious! πŸ˜€

    Have you ever added cocoa powder?


    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2009 at 9:44 pm

      i’m so glad you liked it!
      yeah i’ve added cocoa powder before and extra stevia.. so good!

  48. Andrea (Fit Healthy Fun) on September 6, 2009 at 11:45 am

    I tried a breakfast cookie today. Thank you for inventing it. It “rocked my face off!”

  49. natalie on September 30, 2009 at 11:43 am

    I’m way behind, because this is the first time i’ve heard about this. But i’m very happy i did. I will make it first thing tomorrow! ahh..wait i have to wait until my 30 days of no sugar, then i will make it!! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on September 30, 2009 at 12:31 pm

      make it without sugar! i promise you’ll love it πŸ˜€

  50. Randy B. Kilbourn on October 7, 2009 at 4:24 am

    I hope you don’t mind a man popping in to ask a question… can you tell me the nutritional info (calories, etc.) for the breakfast cookie? I know it would depend on what you add in, but, maybe just for the basic recipe? You can contact me at . Thank you!

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