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. Randy B. Kilbourn on October 10, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Wow…I guess you DO mind men popping in… sorry for bothering you!

    • Fitnessista on October 10, 2009 at 10:44 am

      why do you say that?? i don’t mind at all!

  2. Beverly White on October 20, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    I enjoy reading your blog. I love the way you refer to your husband as the “pilot”. I was the pilot’s Media Specialist while he and his sister attended Tolleson Elementary School in Jacksonville, AR. I also work with his mother now. Connie hooked me up with this website and I love it. I would love eating some of the meals if you would cook them for me πŸ™‚
    Kale chips seem good, what’s the recipe?

  3. Christina on October 27, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    What type of oats do you use?

    • Fitnessista on October 27, 2009 at 9:32 pm

      the quaker old fashioned ones πŸ˜€

  4. Sasha Joy on October 29, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    I am in love with your blog! I was reading Self magazine and saw it in there! I am excited to make the breakfast cookie!
    I am 26 and had two bad car accidents in 2006 and put on 20 pounds. I had always been small and very active with a metabolism to eat what I wanted, healthy or not. Then I was unable to work out or be active at all. Now I feel completly clueless to nutrition or how to eat healthly to lose weight. Fitnessista to the rescue!!!

    • Fitnessista on October 29, 2009 at 4:03 pm

      hey sasha joy,
      thank you so much for stopping by and saying hellp!
      so sorry to hear about your car accidents.. you’ll totally be able to get back on track.
      please let me know if you need anything – you know i’m cheering you on!

  5. Sasha on October 29, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Thanks! I am clueless about where to start! I need to be in shape because my husband and I own a clothing store in downtown Anchorage Alaska (yes there is style here beyond parkas and bunny boots :D). I dont feel that I represent the store as well as I should, plus i want to be healthy. I have a Planet Fitness membership (just signed up two weeks ago) and have a cheap elliptical at home. How often should I be on it? It is really hard to lose weight in the winter here, everyone eats comfort food, and you dont really feel like being active. I just dont feel like my self with this extra weight on. I made it a goal to post all my meals and workouts on my facebook so my friends can cheer me on. Also, my husband is really supportive, he runs on the elliptical next to me even though his feet barley fit (he wears a size 17) and he probably feels silly!

    • Fitnessista on October 29, 2009 at 8:42 pm

      hey sasha,
      check out my workout page on the top– the summer shape up plan might be right up your alley πŸ˜€

  6. Jill on November 13, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    I just had my boyfriend taste the mix I had for my breakfast cookie and he was hooked! We are BOTH having one in the morning. Makes me so happy!! Thank u!!

  7. Emilee on December 6, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    I have all ingredients BUT the protein powder!! Can I do without for now until I get my hands on some?!

    • Fitnessista on December 7, 2009 at 8:35 am

      yes! or sub some cocoa powder πŸ˜€

  8. Steph on December 10, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    How much stevia and cinnamon did you use??? My stevia is in lil’ packets….is 1 too much? Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on December 10, 2009 at 3:50 pm

      i use a LOT of cinnamon and 5 drops of liquid stevia (about half a pack)

  9. Jordan on January 11, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Where has this breakfast cookie been all my life?!?!?! I think I’m in love!

    • Fitnessista on January 11, 2010 at 10:57 pm

      hahah so glad you like it!

  10. Astrid on January 15, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I had one this morning! I used a mashed banana, oats, dark chocolate dreams peanut butter, some cocoa powder, almond milk and a few almonds on top. It was delicious! It was definately awesome to look forward to it during my workout. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on January 15, 2010 at 10:01 am

      i’m so glad you liked it- that combo sounds wonderful!

  11. Wendy on January 22, 2010 at 4:37 am

    I tried your breakfast cookie idea today and even though it took a little while to get used to, I ended up loving it. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    • Fitnessista on January 22, 2010 at 8:16 am

      i’m so glad you liked it!

  12. Cristina on February 4, 2010 at 1:06 am

    I just jumped out of bed to make one of these…for the first time and I can’t wait for morning to try it out!!! I plan on featuring it on my blog tomorrow- I hope you will stop on by and check it out! I love your blog BTW…so glad I found it!!

  13. Megan on March 10, 2010 at 1:32 am

    Hey thanks for sharing this! I just made my first one! It’s green lol cause I used greens protein powder but Im sure itll still be good! I put oats, protein powder, kraft all natural PB and half a mashed banana. I wanted to keep it simple for the first one so I can get a taste of what Id like to add in next time. Cant wait for tomorrow after the gym to test it out! Ill let you know how it goes. Thanks again Fitnessista!!

    • Fitnessista on March 10, 2010 at 9:27 am

      definitely let me know what you think!

  14. Neen on April 27, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    oh i just made one of these for the morning, i hope its good! i’m quite excited about it! i used 1teaspoon of cocoa powder instead of the protien powder.

    • Fitnessista on April 27, 2010 at 3:37 pm

      YUM! let me know what you think!

  15. Jolie on July 30, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Thanks for posting this I have been seeing the breakfast cookie on several blogs and have been wanting to try one so bad. I am so glad I came across the recipe on you website. I will be checking out your other recipes too.
    I can’t wait to make this – I have all the ingredients already. However, I use Truvia or Sugar in The Raw. Will either one of these work? I plan to buy Stevia the next time (as soon as the Truvia is gone). Maybe I will make my own sunflower or almond butter for this too. That would be awesome.

    • Fitnessista on July 30, 2010 at 11:18 am

      either one would totally work πŸ™‚
      let me know how you like it!

  16. Samantha on August 6, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I’d love to make this as a warm snack. Is it safe to heat the protein powder?

  17. AG on February 13, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I made the cookie and am OBSESSSSEDDDD. I am a teacher so I am up very early and dont have time to sit and eat. How might I make this cookie portable? Let it sit on wax paper and just fold it up and take it along or make just let it sit in the bottom of a small tuppaware and tote it along? I think I just answered my own question, typical me.

    Thanks again!!

    • Fitnessista on February 13, 2011 at 10:44 am

      so glad you like it!
      tupperware is perfect πŸ™‚

  18. Keelie on March 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I’m making a breakfast cookie for tomorrow’s breakfast! Yum!

    • Fitnessista on March 23, 2011 at 5:44 pm

      let me know how you like it!

  19. Pinky on March 24, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Hi Gina, so I just had my first breakfast cookie this morning and girlfriend I’M.IN.LOVE! Thank you for posting/creating such an awesome recipie.
    I was so excited for breakfast this morning and when I opened the fridge I actually said “oh heeeeeeeey” ;)!
    I did have a question, how much stevia/sugar do you use? I don’t want to over sweeten and lose all the nutrients.

  20. Jane on May 5, 2011 at 8:43 am

    I just tried your breakfast cookie recipe for the first time and it was so mind blowing! πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing this incredible recipe! I will be making this more often! I also gave you credit on my blog for this amazing recipe! Thank you πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on May 5, 2011 at 9:47 am

      so glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

  21. Jillian on May 16, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Love the cookie! My first one has sun warrior natural, smart balance peanut butter, one truvia packet, and cocoa powder. It reminds me of “no bake cookies” that we made when I was a kid! Thank you πŸ™‚

  22. Theresa on June 4, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Quick question, is this breakfast cookie gluten free? I wasn’t sure if the protein powder or oats have gluten… Thanks !!

    • Fitnessista on June 5, 2011 at 12:08 am

      if you use gluten-free oats, yes πŸ™‚

  23. Marie-Lissa on June 5, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I made the breakfast cookie last night and ate it this morning. Loved the taste but it didn’t become any harder than when I made it last night… Do you think it could be because I used quick oats instead of old-fashioned oats? I dunno what I did wrong πŸ˜› Love your blog BTW

    • Fitnessista on June 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      try less milk + more nut butter πŸ™‚

  24. Serena on June 12, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Do you have any suggestions for tasty vegan protein powders?

    • Fitnessista on June 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm

      sun warrior πŸ™‚

  25. Steph on June 17, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Hi! I just have to tell you how much I love the breakfast cookie! I’ve had it every morning this week and have yet to feel tired of it.

    I recently started a blog of mine and actually reviewed the breakfast cookie!! I felt I had to do my part in spreading the word πŸ™‚

  26. Ryah on June 18, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Should the plate be covered while it’s in the fridge or no?

    • Fitnessista on June 19, 2011 at 1:29 am

      you can- sometimes if i’m tired i don’t cover it though πŸ˜‰

  27. kelly on July 29, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Do you have the nutrition info for this? I love your blog btw…..I lost 30 lbs and now and struggling a little to keep it off, but it’s nice to see inspiration like this!

  28. Jennifer Marsh on August 3, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    So I know I’m a little late to the game on this one, but I must say that the Breakfast Cookie is AMAZING!!! It’s delicious, has great texture, and definitely broke me out of my breakfast rut! Thanks for the recipe Gina! And thanks for your great blog! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on August 3, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      yay!! thank you so much for reading πŸ™‚

  29. Ashley@MyFoodFitnessFun on August 11, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I’m stoked to try this breakfast cookie! Thanks for sharing! Love your blog. πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2011 at 10:27 am

      hope you love it!

  30. Ashley on August 18, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Okay…I think I finally need to try this! πŸ™‚

  31. emma@ on August 21, 2011 at 10:36 am

    The breakfast cookie dough looks delish! I’m going to have to try this SOON!
    I stumbled onto your blog and I’m loving it btw!!!

  32. Katie on September 11, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I just made my first breakfast cookie with banana, cinnamon, almonds and dates… I don’t think I can wait until morning, it looks awesome!!

    • Fitnessista on September 11, 2011 at 7:29 pm

      It sounds awesome!

  33. Carrie on October 16, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    I’m going to make this now and put it in the fridge for bfast tomorrow… maybe it will make Monday a little less depressing πŸ™ I’m so hooked on your blog.

    PS- Are you still following Grey’s Anatomy? Don’t you just LOVE Avery and Lexie together!

    • Fitnessista on October 17, 2011 at 1:36 am

      let me know what you think!!
      no, i haven’t watched it yet this season! i need to- all the episodes are on dvr waiting for me πŸ™‚

  34. Karolina Sky on October 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    LOVING THE BLOG! I love the cookie recipe!

    I’ll be visiting your Blog often πŸ˜‰


  35. Stefanie on December 4, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Hello. I just found your blog and let me just say “Thank you!”. My biggest problem with having Celiacs Disease and being healthy is that I run out of creative ideas, get frustrated, and make poor choices. I am very interested in your breakfast cookie, but Quaker Oats are not actually gluten free. For majority of people they should be fine, but with the severity of my disease, I cannot risk it. Have you ever tried making it with something like Bob’s Red Mill Quick Cooking gluten free oats? Will it come out the same?

    (I cannot wait to make chilis rellenos for breakfast!!!)

    Thank you!

  36. alana on January 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    YUM this recipe looks awesome! similar question as Stefanie. i’m gluten intolerant and react to most grains including oats. what do you make of quinoa flakes? do you think the cookie would work with them? THANKS!!

  37. maya on March 15, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    You can also do a quickie kind of version, same ingredients, just put it in the microwave for 30 seconds unsteady of the trudge. If its not hard enough let it sit for a couple of minutes.

  38. Stacy on April 2, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    This actually reminds me of a similar recipe for homemade protein bars. We were tired of odd tasting bars, so we made our own. Similar recipe..they were just so hard to stir and then pat out in a pan.

  39. Mel on April 18, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    is this the “oats” you eat most mornings?

    • Fitnessista on April 18, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      very often, yes πŸ™‚

  40. Sarah on June 2, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Hey, I just want to say I LOVE your site! I’m a college student and tend to lose weight when stressed, which has lead to being underweight most of the time. All your recipes are so good and are so packed with protein etc, I’m now up to a healthy BMI with a good percent of fat. I’ve also gained weight from more muscle doing the work outs. I’m so glad I found this, gonna try to breakfast cookie tomorrow morning!

  41. Rebecca on June 13, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Hey Gina,

    Just about to start the summer shape up. Sorry to be late to the party but, am pretty stoked. I just found out I am allergic to all nuts. It was a sad day. I love your breakfast cookie, but can no longer have it. Is there a good substitute for the nut butter?

    • Irene on June 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      Not to reply for Gina, but I bet sunflower seed butter would be yum. Can you eat that?

      • Fitnessista on June 15, 2012 at 5:37 pm

        thank you irene! and yes, that would be a great option

  42. Maria on July 12, 2012 at 9:27 am

    OMG this is delicious! I used cake batter whey and 1/2 banana, unsweetened shredded coconut & cinnamon. Thanks! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on July 12, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      πŸ™‚ !!

  43. Kylie @ immaeatthat on July 27, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    I feel like everyone in the whole entire world loves this breakfast cookie recipe! I think it’s time for me to try it out:)!! I’m putting one in the fridge tonight:)

  44. ingrid on December 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    You’re such an inspiration!!!!!

  45. Georgia on January 28, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    I don’t have the protein powder. Is that going to make a huge difference if I omit? What can I sub for that?

    • Fitnessista on January 28, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      do you like coconut?

      • Georgia on January 28, 2013 at 11:56 pm

        Yes, but I don’t have that on hand

  46. Belinda on February 14, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Hi, I was just wondering if there is something I could use to make this instead of banana since I hate banana.
    Belinda πŸ™‚

  47. Erin on April 11, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Made this last night and chose to add pumpkin and cinnamon… Eating it right now and it is fabulous! So excited to bring this for my breakfasts now!! I can’t wait to try different add-ins too. I never would have thought of this on my own, so thanks. πŸ™‚

  48. Britt @ Balance and Bananas on May 11, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    This looks so yummy! I’m definitely trying this tomorrow morning!!

  49. Kirstin on July 25, 2013 at 8:42 am

    OMG I just took my first bite of my first breakfast cookie ever and good lord… SO DELICIOUS. Made mine with crunchy almond butter and unsweetened vanilla almond milk, could not be more delicious. AH LOVE IT!

  50. tam on August 16, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Looks great, is there something I could use instead of the banana as I struggle to digest them? Thanks

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