Waking up to a blaring alarm clock is a terrible way to start the day. And while there are many strategies for getting up on the right side of the bed, there’s another secret we’d like to let you in on: breakfast cookies.
Warm, stuffed with chocolate, and easy to eat on-the-go, these cookies beg the question: Why didn’t we think of them sooner? Whipping up a batch of breakfast cookies at home is easy as pie (err, cookies), and ingredients like blueberries, cranberries, and oats make them a (mostly) healthy treat. Best of all: Breakfast cookies will help you leave the house with a smile instead of the usual I-need-coffee-now face.
Ready to become a cookie monster? Dig into these nine healthy recipes.
1. Gluten-Free Cranberry Walnut Breakfast Cookies
Cookies have a long-held reputation of being a not-so-great treat for those with gluten allergies. My how things have changed! Not only do these breakfast bites stick to naturally sweet ingredients, they’re also wheat-free. To make them even healthier, substitute fresh blueberries for dried cranberries.
2. Protein-Packed Monster Breakfast Cookies
Why stick to breakfast shakes when you can get protein from cookies? Made with sunflower-seed spread (feel free to use any nut butter), flax meal, chocolate chips, hemp seed, and shredded coconut, this power breakfast provides as many healthy fats as flavor bursts. To help muscles recover from an extra tough workout, make open-faced cookie sandwiches topped with extra nut butter and sliced banana.
3. Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Cookies
‘Tis the season to go apple picking! And while pie, cider, and sauce are all great ways to use up leftover apples, you can’t forget the little guys: cookies. This recipe uses agave, coconut oil, applesauce, and walnuts to create little bites of fall heaven. Pair with your festive coffee drink of choice.
Gluten-free, vegan, and most importantly, pumpkin. This cookie sticks to the basics with oats, spices, peanut butter, pumpkin, and a touch of maple syrup—all staples worth stocking up on this season. We like them crumbled on top of Greek yogurt, but they also work great as an on-the-go snack.
5. Blueberry Coconut Pecan Breakfast Cookies
Sure, banana bread is a delicious way to make use of overripe bananas, but this sweet fruit has a variety of uses beyond the loaf. Next time your bananas go brown, try this recipe. Full of dried blueberries (hello, antioxidants!), coconut, pecans, and oats, these cookies will make you forget banana bread even exists. (For the moment, at least.)
6. Chocolate Chip Coconut Zucchini Breakfast Cookies
This cookie's name is a mouthful, which seems apt given all the crazy-good things that are packed into every bite! Filled with nutrient-rich zucchini, chia seeds, dark chocolate, and oats, these breakfast cookies provide a healthy dose of veggies while tasting like dessert. Tip: Use agave or honey instead of granulated sugar.
Why dunk cookies into milk when you can pour dairy over them instead? These adorable cookie cups make breakfast that much tastier (and more fun to eat). Use a muffin tin to get the perfect cup-like mold, and top with the fruit and milk of your choice. We love to pair these cookies with fresh berries and unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
8. Peanut Butter Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies
Combining peanut butter and banana is a breakfast no-brainer. Whether using the duo as a toast topper, smoothie addition, or oatmeal mix-in, peanut butter and banana make any breakfast food taste better. (Well, maybe not scrambled eggs.) This recipe uses vanilla protein powder, applesauce, oats, and chocolate to create a guilt-free cookie packed with nutrients. Talk about a breakfast of champions.
9. Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies
This recipe is not only a cookie; it’s also a cookie that’s flavored like a cake. (It's all the cookie with twice the treat power!) But don’t let the name fool you. Made with flax, ginger, carrots, nuts, and oats, these vitamin-rich bites will both satisfy your sweet tooth and leave you full until lunch.
Every week, the Greatist Team scours the Web for tasty, trendy, and (mostly) healthy recipes to help open both minds and palates to the wonders of food. Tune in next Wednesday to see what else we have in store!