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1 bowl healthy gluten free breakfast cookies are so delicious! Loaded with good for you ingredients like banana, pumpkin, oats, almond butter, nuts, cranberries, hemp hearts and dark chocolate chips.

I love it when something that should be sinful, is really healthy! These Gluten Free Banana Oatmeal Cookies are just that! Healthy enough to serve for breakfast, but also a great pick-me-up snack!

If you are searching out more gluten free recipes, try these easy recipes: Gluten Free Coffee Cake (best coffee cake ever, even for non-gluten free eaters), and these delectable (though I couldn’t call them healthy) Buckeye Bars.

Gluten Free Breakfast Cookies image with two cookies sitting on a galvanized pedestal and one cookie at the base with dried craisins, almonds and chocolate chips and a striped napkin in the background.
Horizontal image for Gluten Free Breakfast Cookies on wire cooling rack with tea towel behind

While our family is not gluten free, many of you know that my brother and his family are gluten free, as well as many of my friends.

So as much as I am able, I try and provide GF options in many of my recipes or make them gluten free. Like in this Apple Crumb Cake or this Chile Relleno Casserole (both amazing I might add, regular or GF!)

I got this recipe from a dear friend while we were away for a girls weekend this year, she got it from Minimalist Baker (a fine blog!). The original recipe is vegan and not gluten free, so you can see that this cookie is quite adaptable!

Healthy Gluten Free Breakfast Cookies Ingredients image. L-R Oats, Oat Flour, Almond flour, GF AP Flour, almonds, bananas, coconut oil, pumpkin puree, salt, baking powder, baking soda, almond butter, agave syrup, chocolate chips, craisins
  • Bananas | Ripe, medium-large ripe bananas
  • Pumpkin puree | I used organic, not pumpkin pie mix
  • Almond Butter | I used chunky as that was all I could find
  • Coconut or Avocado Oil | Melted if solid
  • Vanilla extract
  • Agave Nectar | may also use maple syrup or honey if desired
  • Rolled Oats | Use GF Oats if sensitive
  • Oat Flour | Use GF Oat Flour if sensitive
  • Almond Flour or Meal | see difference below
  • Gluten Free AP Flour | I used this 1-to-1 from Bob’s Red Mill (may use all oat flour and omit AP flour if desired)
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Sea Salt | Depending on how salty your almond butter is you may need a bit more salt. I used ¾ of a teaspoon and then topped them with a little flaky sea salt.
  • Almonds, Pecans or Walnuts | omit if you prefer no nuts, I used almonds
  • Dried Cranberries | try substituting with raisins, dried cherries or dried blueberries too
  • Semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips | if VEGAN then be sure they are dairy free
  • Hemp Hearts | Adds a a healthy, nutty flavor as well as protein to these Healthy Gluten Free Cookies.
Best Gluten Free Breakfast Cookies image with single cookie in foreground, cranberries, almonds and chocolate chips in background.

What’s the Difference between Almond Flour and Almond Meal?

Almond meal and almond flour are terms that are often used interchangeably. The main difference between almond meal vs almond flour can be how fine the grind is, with almond flour being finer and almond meal being slightly coarser. In some cases, almond meal is made out of the whole raw almonds, while almond flour is made from peeled almonds.

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Let’s Make 1 Bowl Gluten Free Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Process shots for Gluten Free Breakfast Cookies. 1. Adding bananas. 2. Adding pumpkin pure. 3. adding almond butter. 4. adding salt, baking soda and baking powder.
  1. Preheat oven to 350 or 375 for high altitude and line cookie sheets with parchment paper. In the bowl of a mixer or large bowl, mash bananas, then add pumpkin puree, almond butter, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Process shots for Gluten Free Breakfast Cookies 5. Add agave syrup. 6. adding coconut oil. 7. Adding rolled oats. 8. Adding Oat flour
  1. Mix in agave, vanilla and coconut oil and mix until smooth.
  2. Add oats, almond flour, oat flour and GF AP Flour
Process shots for Gluten Free Breakfast Cookies 9. Adding Almond flour 10. Adding dried cranberries. 11. adding chopped almonds. 12. adding chocolate chips.
  1. Mix in chopped almonds, dried cranberries, chocolate chips and if desired hemp hearts.
  2. Using a tablespoon or a medium cookie scoop drop cookies onto parchment lined baking sheet. These cookies won’t spread much, if desired, press down lightly to flatten tops.
Image of cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper and medium cookie scoop on tray with scooped Gluten Free Breakfast Cookies on tray, mixing bowl in background.
  1. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-17 minutes for sea level, 375 degrees 13-15 minutes for High Altitude Gluten Free Cookies. Cool on pan for two minutes, then transfer to cooling rack.

The cookies will be soft, almost banana bread like.

Can I freeze Gluten Free Banana Oatmeal Cookies?

YES! I froze about a dozen for another time, thawed on the counter, delish.

Make a double batch and freeze one. Great for lunch boxes or mid-morning snacks!

High Altitude Adjustments

Increase heat to 375 degrees F and bake for 13-15 minutes until tops spring back when you lightly touch them.

Biten half of healthy gluten free breakfast cookie with soft chocolate chips, sitting on a wire rack with other cookies behind.

VEGAN GLUTEN FREE BREAKFAST COOKIES

If following a strict vegan diet; make sure you use agave nectar or maple syrup and dairy-free chocolate chips.

Substitution Options for Gluten Free Breakfast Cookies

  • Instead of almond butter; try peanut butter, cashew butter or even sun butter for a nut free version!
  • Use maple syrup or honey in equal amounts in place of agave
  • If not gluten free, replace oat and AP flour with whole-wheat flour or all oat flour
  • Almond Meal | if nut free, replace with oat flour
  • Try chopped pecans, walnuts, peanuts or other nut or omit completely.
  • Use any dried fruit desired, may increase if desired or may omit entirely
  • Instead of Hemp hearts, replace with flax seeds or flax meal

My husband and kids devoured these cookies!

I asked them about the saltiness and they agreed on the first batch they could have had a bit more salt, on the second batch I increased the salt to 1 teaspoon and sprinkled a tiny bit of flaky sea salt on top. Delicious!

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Yield: 33 Cookies

Healthy Gluten Free Breakfast Cookies

Image of stoneplate with 4 healthy gluten free breakfast cookies with almonds, cranberries and chocolate chip on plate, natural linen napkin under the plate.

Healthy gluten free breakfast cookies are so delicious! A 1 bowl recipe loaded with good for you ingredients like banana, pumpkin, oats, almond butter, nuts, cranberries and dark chocolate chips.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 medium-large ripe Bananas (mine were larger)
  • 1/3 cup Pumpkin puree | I used organic, not pumpkin pie mix
  • 1/2 cup Almond Butter | I used chunky as that was all I could find, creamy is fine
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut or Avocado Oil | Melted if solid
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons Agave Nectar (replace with maple syrup or honey)
  • 1 1/2 cups Rolled Oats | Use GF Oats if sensitive
  • 1/4 cup Oat Flour | Use GF Oat Flour if sensitive
  • 1/2 cup Almond Flour or Meal | see difference below
  • 1/4 cup Gluten Free AP Flour | may omit and increase oat flour to ½ cup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 3/4-1 teaspoon Sea Salt | I used ¾ teaspoon and sprinkled flaky sea salt on the tops of cookies
  • 3 tablespoons Almonds, chopped (may substitute other nuts or omit)
  • 2-4 tablespoons Dried Cranberries | try substituting with raisins, dried cherries or dried blueberries too
  • 1/2 cup Semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips | if VEGAN then be sure they are dairy free
  • 4-6 tablespoons Hemp Hearts | Optional, but add a lovely flavor as well as protein

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a mixer or large bowl, mash bananas, then add pumpkin puree, almond butter, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add agave, vanilla and coconut oil and mix until smooth.
  2. Add oats, almond flour, oat flour and GF AP Flour, mixing until combined.
  3. Add in chopped almonds, dried cranberries, chocolate chips and if desired hemp hearts.
  4. Using a tablespoon or a medium cookie scoop drop cookies onto parchment lined baking sheet. These cookies won't spread much, if desired, press down lightly to flatten tops.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-17 minutes for sea level, 375 degrees 13-15 minutes for High Altitude Gluten Free Cookies, until cookies spring back when lightly pressed and have a slight golden color.
  6. Cool on cooling rack and store in air-tight container on counter up to 5 days, in fridge up to 7 days and may be frozen up to 6 months.

Notes

High Altitude Adjustments

Increase heat to 375 degrees F and bake for 13-15 minutes until tops spring back when you lightly touch them.

VEGAN GLUTEN FREE BREAKFAST COOKIES

If following a strict vegan diet; make sure you use agave nectar or maple syrup and dairy-free chocolate chips.

Substitution Options for Gluten Free Breakfast Cookies

  • Instead of almond butter; try peanut butter, cashew butter or even sun butter for a nut free version!
  • Use maple syrup or honey in equal amounts in place of agave
  • If not gluten free, replace oat and AP flour with whole-wheat flour or all oat flour
  • Almond Meal | if nut free, replace with oat flour
  • Try chopped pecans, walnuts, peanuts or other nut or omit completely.
  • Use any dried fruit desired, may increase if desired or may omit entirely
  • Instead of Hemp hearts, replace with flax seeds or flax meal


Recipe heavily adapted from Minimalist Baker

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

33

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 80mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 3g

The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate, at times it pulls information for suggestions and options which may increase calories, etc. Nutritional information will change based on used ingredients, quantities used, etc.

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Amy Nash

Tuesday 12th of January 2021

These cookies for breakfast have allllll the things and I'm hear for it! Seriously, they were really delicious and a great mid-morning treat after my workout. I used hemp hearts for the extra protein.

Kathleen

Tuesday 12th of January 2021

So glad you enjoyed them and that you used the hemp hearts too! They are my new favorite add-in!

Annie

Friday 8th of January 2021

I am allergic to bananas. Is there a substitution you could recommend for the healthy breakfast cookie recipe?

Kathleen

Saturday 9th of January 2021

I would suggest replacing the bananas with applesauce, ½ cup per banana, but start with just ¾ of a cup if you think it can handle more moisture, then add the additional ¼ cup. You could also replace it with an egg white or whole egg, the cookies will come out more cakey like though. Let me know how it goes!

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