Gluten Free Vegan Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

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You might’ve just read that recipe title and thought there’s no way these cookies are going to be good. Gluten free and vegan?! But let me assure you, these cookies are a cross between an oatmeal cookie and muffin top. And, they’re husband-approved, which means I’m going to bet they would be kid-approved, too!

Eat a nutritious breakfast on-the-go by making these Vegan Gluten Free Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies ahead of time! Click through for the recipe.

I have always confessed that I am not a gifted baker. I can’t make a good ol’ batch of chocolate chip cookies to save my life, which is probably a blessing in disguise since I would be tempted to eat them all!

That said, I have managed to pull off quite a few banana breads in my day since I always seem to have overripe bananas laying around. Is it just me?

The last time I had brown, speckled bananas on hand, I wanted to try something different. I came across this recipe for breakfast cookies by Minimalist Baker and was instantly salivating! I have been wanting to practice my gluten-free, vegan baking skills and knew that I could rely on Dana’s delicious and simple recipe to help guide the way.

Eat a nutritious breakfast on-the-go by making these Vegan Gluten Free Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies ahead of time! Click through for the recipe.

Using her recipe for gluten free vegan oatmeal cookies as a guide, I put my own spin on it by changing up some of the ingredients and adding goji berries (for a boost of superfood power) and raisins!  I also used coconut sugar, which has been my sugar of choice lately, especially when I want to create that brown sugar depth of flavor.

So WHY is it acceptable to eat these oatmeal cookies for breakfast?

Because they are filled with SO many nutritious ingredients! The ripe bananas help add sweetness and moisture, the almond butter and walnuts gives a dose of healthy fats, flaxseed and oatmeal provides fiber to help promote healthy digestion, and goji berries add a delicious superfood twist!

Eat a nutritious breakfast on-the-go by making these Vegan Gluten Free Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies ahead of time! Click through for the recipe.

Yields 15 cookies

Gluten Free Vegan Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 2 flax eggs (2 Tablespoons ground flax seed + 5 Tablespoons water)
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1 cup almond flour or meal
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (I used half raisins and half goji berries)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together ground flax seed and water. Set aside for about 5 minutes to let the flax seeds soak up the moisture.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas. Add the coconut oil and almond butter and stir to combine. Add the rest of the ingredients (except for the walnuts and dried fruit) and mix well. Add the walnuts and dried fruit and stir to evenly distribute.
  4. Spoon the cookie batter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Aim to make the cookies as even in size in possible (you should get about 15).
  5. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until slightly golden brown.
  6. Let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for a few minutes to allow them to harden a bit. Transfer to a wire rack and allow them to cool completely. Store them in an airtight container for a few days. You could even freeze them for breakfast cookies on demand!

*Adapted from Minimalist Baker’s Breakfast Cookie recipe. 

These oatmeal breakfast cookies are basically like eating a healthy muffin/bowl of oatmeal without the creaminess in the morning. They would also be a delicious pre-workout snack or after-dinner treat!

If you make these Breakfast Cookies, let me know! Leave a comment below or snap a pic on Instagram and tag it with @fitlivingeats and #fitlivingeats. I love seeing your recipe creations!

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  • Jennifer says:
    Another winner! ! I was concerned the peanut butter flavor would be overpowering, but all the textures and flavors melded wonderfully. I knew when I had a bite (or 3…) of the dough that these were going to get eaten fast. Thanks for making vegan recipes that are accessible AND appealing! I will make a large batch and store it in Infinity Jars for long lasting fresh cookies.
    • Carly Ferguson says:
      Thanks Jennifer! I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe :-) Infinity Jars are a great way to store these cookies (although I doubt they will be around long)!