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banana chocolate chip breakfast cookie on plate with strawberry and banana slices.

Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

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  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 17 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


These are banana chocolate chip breakfast cookies made with wholesome, healthy ingredients. Use certified gluten-free oats to make them gluten free, and/or use dairy-free chocolate chips to make them vegan.


  • 1 cup (230g) mashed bananas (about 3 medium or 2 large ripe bananas)
  • 2 and 1/2 cups (213gquick oats or old-fashioned whole rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (56g) coconut oil, melted
  • 3/4 cup (185g) natural-style almond butter*
  • 1/4 cup (82g) pure maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1/2 cup (80g) dairy-free chocolate chips (or use regular semi-sweet)


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  2. Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl. (I usually mash the bananas in a large bowl, and then add the remaining ingredients.) Stir everything together until fully combined, or use a handheld or stand mixer with a paddle attachment to beat. The dough is thick and heavy.
  3. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, portion 1/4-cup mounds of cookie dough (about 70g each) onto prepared cookie sheet. Use the back of a spoon to slightly flatten out into a cookie shape. (The cookies will not spread in the oven.)
  4. Bake for 17–20 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Cool cookies on the baking sheets for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Cover leftover cookies and store at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Cookies get extra soft in storage, and taste best right out of the refrigerator.


  1. Freezing Instructions: Cooled cookies can be frozen up to 3 months. Thaw on the counter or in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature or warm in the microwave for a few seconds before serving.
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  3. Frozen Bananas: You can use thawed frozen bananas in this recipe. Thawed bananas are extra wet, so drain off as much of the excess liquid as you can before mashing. See How to Freeze & Thaw Bananas for Baking.
  4. 2023 Update: This recipe used to call for 1 cup (250g) almond butter and no coconut oil. They were very dense, very heavy, and there was almost too much sticky almond butter. Replace 1/4 cup of it with coconut oil, and you’ll have a much better texture. The recipe above reflects this slight change.
  5. Coconut Oil: If you do not have coconut oil, you can replace it with the same amount of applesauce or melted butter.
  6. Almond Butter: Use the grainy, drippy, natural kind. A test batch with a more processed almond butter was dense, heavy, and hard to chew. Instead of almond butter, try natural peanut butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter for a naturally nut-free option.
  7. Double Batch: The recipe can easily be doubled to make a bigger batch.
  8. Gluten Free & Vegan: Use certified gluten-free oats to make them gluten free, and/or use dairy-free chocolate chips to make them vegan.