Cocoa Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies

Cocoa Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies ~ Another great way to eat your breakfast cookies.  These also include protein powder & carob chips, so you get a double hit of chocolate flavor & some extra protein.  What a great way to start your day!

I think I got a bit carried way when making this next Banana Oat Breakfast Cookie...but, it's so easy to do.  I start thinking of all the things I would normally put in a bowl of oatmeal & then I start thinking outside the box, er...I mean bowl.  I thought about how to get more protein into the cookie ~ maybe make it with more of a traditional cookie flavor, maybe add some chocolate flavor...and so on, and so on.

Well, here is my next recipe ~ Cocoa Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies & I think it's another winner.  I used unsweetened cocoa powder, instant coffee & carob chips to get a chocolate flavor and I used protein powder to pack more of a nutritional punch.  These are wonderful right out of the oven ~ the carob chips get nice & soft & gooey...yummm.  The chips took on a wonderful dark chocolate/brown sugar flavor & the whole thing reminded me of a double chocolate chip cookie, only healthier/chewier.   There just seems to be no end to the ways you can change up this Breakfast Cookie ~ & still no flour, eggs, dairy or sugar.  Very cool!

I like making these Cocoa Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies a bit smaller than the other two recipes I've come up with.  Personal preference ~ but, if you like 'em big, make 'em big.  :)  Wonder what kind the next batch of Breakfast Cookies will be?   :)

  Cocoa Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies 
makes 14 BIG cookies or 24-30 regular sized cookies

  • 1  cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2  Tbsp cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1  tsp vanilla extract
  • 1  tsp cinnamon
  • 1  Tbsp instant coffee, mixed in 2 Tbsp hot water until completely dissolved
  • 1 1/2 cups  oatmeal, quick or old fashioned
  • 2  scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 3  ripe bananas, mashed with fork until creamy
  • 1/3 cup  chopped dates (or raisins if you prefer)
  • 1/3 cup  chopped walnuts
  • 4 Tbsp  ground flax
  • 4 Tbsp  carob chips
  • 4 Tbsp  oat bran

Preheat heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix vanilla extract, cinnamon, cocoa powder & instant coffee/water into the applesauce until well blended.

Mix applesauce mixture with all other ingredients in a big bowl & let sit for 10 minutes.

Drop cookie dough, by spoonfuls, onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet & flatten cookies into rounds.

Bake approx. 20-30 minutes, (depending on size of cookie) or until done they will turn a deep golden brown.

Let cookies cool on rack & then store in a covered container.

Make sure to try some of these when they are still warm ~ really yummy!


  1. My knowledge of protein powder is you aren't suppose to subject it over 170 degrees? Is this a special brand?? These recipes sund great!! Can't wait to try them

    1. On the container of Pure Protein Whey Protein that I use, it says it's great to add to oatmeal, pancakes & waffles - and it is! I've never heard of a 170 degrees limitation on protein powder. Here is a link for a bunch of protein powder recipes from over on the site Livestrong. Some are baked, some not ~ some sweet, some savory.

      They all sound really good & I'll be trying a bunch soon! Hope you find a cookie that you like. :) Thanks so much for stopping by & commenting ~ Cheers!

  2. all the recipes sound great. Can't wait to try them.

    Since I have to restrict my sugar content is there any way to get the sugar down?

    Please let me know.

    1. Just off the top of my head, I'd say on this recipe, I'd probably ~ cut out the dates/raisins, cut the banana down to just one, use sugar free carob chips, and use whatever replacement sweetener you use for sugar to help replace the sweetness lost by cutting out the 2 bananas. If you're still using the protein powder I'd also probably add about a 1/4 to 1/3 cup water to help with the moisture lost from the 2 bananas. If not using the p/p, you might get away with not needing to add the extra water. If the 'dough' still seems dry after the 10 minutes of sitting, them maybe add a bit more water or maybe some more applesauce.

      You could also check out the Apple Spice Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie that I posted a few days ago. It has no banana at all. You might be able to use that one as the 'basic recipe' and add in the cocoa, nuts, and other ingredients you like from this recipe. Once you get the hang of how the 'dough' should look/feel like after the 10 minutes of sitting, you really can take this breakfast cookie in just about any direction you like. If you tinker with the recipe, please come back & share what you did. Thanks so much for stopping by & commenting ~ Cheers!

  3. I have huge jar of original applesauce, can I use this?

    1. Hi Kristy!

      Sure, the cookies will just be a bit sweeter since original applesauce has sugar in it. Hope you like them. I've got lots of other breakfast cookie recipes with different flavors, too. :) Thanks for stopping by ~ Cheers!

  4. I know you are keeping the sugar out, but just wanted to let you know we enjoyed the original breakfast coffees and for fun I made another batch. The second batch had ovalteen added to it (I didn't have any coca on hand) pretty good altho I guess they are not as healthy for you. I love the fact that you can play around with this recipe so much. I will be trying the spicy apple next I think. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Hi Gina!

      Glad to hear that you like the cookies! They are a fun one to tinker with, that's why I have made so many different spins on the breakfast cookies. :) Hope you enjoy the other ones you try/come up with. Thanks so much for stopping by & commenting ~ Cheers!

  5. Is there anything I can switch for the applesauce?

    1. Hi Charly!
      Hmmm... You could try another pureed fruit, like ~ peaches, mango, pears, prunes, or maybe pineapple. If using canned fruit, just drain it first. Maybe try pureed carrot or avocado? Maybe flavored yogurt? (if dairy isn't a concern for you) You are really just looking for some moisture from the applesauce/fruit to help to oatmeal rehydrate & as well as to add some sweetness. Let me know what you come up with & how it turns out. Thanks so much for stopping by & commenting ~ Cheers!


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