Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies (Lactation Friendly)

Breakfast  |  Published Apr 10, 2021  |  Updated Apr 10, 2021  |  By Tawnie

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There’s nothing like a chewy, moist, deliciously perfect cookie and I’ve mastered these banana oatmeal breakfast cookies for you guys! Because who doesn’t like cookies for breakfast?!

I’ve made epic chocolate chip cookies and decadent cookies & cream cookies too, but these oatmeal breakfast cookies are a little more on the healthy side, making them totally ideal to have with your morning coffee.

Plus, they are easily made into lactation cookies by adding Brewer’s Yeast Powder for all of my lactating mama’s out there!

a breakfast cookie on a silicone baking mat

I love how fast these cookies come together too. No stand mixer needed, waiting for butter to soften or cookie dough chill time. All you’ll need are a few mixing bowls and a whisk to whip these up for the week for a quick breakfast.

These cookies are…

  • Full of good-for-you nutrients
  • Easy to make
  • Lactation friendly
  • Full of chocolatey-banana flavor
  • Similar to banana bread cookies
  • Hearty and wholesome
  • Easily customizable
  • Freezer friendly!

Ingredient Notes

The awesome thing about these cookies is that you probably have most of the ingredients already in your pantry. Plus, it’s a great way to use up the ripe bananas sitting on your counter!

ingredients needed for oatmeal cookies
  • Ripe bananas: The more brown specks the better!
  • Peanut butter: You can use almond butter or any other nut butter you enjoy (cashew butter or sunflower butter are yummy options).
  • Honey: You can also use maple syrup instead if you need a vegan option.
  • Flour: Use a gluten free flour, if needed.
  • Egg: I have tested the recipe without an egg and I personally like the texture better using an egg but they can be made without it if you need a vegan option!

Step by Step Directions

These cookies only take ~15 minutes in the oven and 10 minutes or less of prep time. They’re great for busy days when you want a healthy treat!

step by step photos making cookies
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas.
  3. Whisk in the egg, honey, peanut butter and vanilla extract.
  4. Fold the dry ingredients into the banana mixture.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Use a cookie scoop to scoop onto a baking sheet or cookie sheet.
  7. Flatten cookies slightly using the back of a spoon, top with more chocolate chips if desired.
  8. Bake

Expert Tips

  • Add in your favorite mix-ins: chopped walnuts, almonds, raisins, dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds are all good options.
  • Types of oats to use: I recommend using the quick oats for a better consistency in this cookie. The old fashioned rolled oats will still give you a chewy cookie if that’s all of you have. If gluten intolerant, use gluten free oats.
  • DYK you can use a hand held mixer to mash your bananas? Break the bananas up into a bowl and beat until smooth! I use this method with my banana bread recipe too!
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Can I freeze these cookies?

Yes! They will stay in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw before enjoying.

What can I do with old bananas?

Bake with them! Try my banana carrot muffins or these chocolate banana muffins!

Can I make these gluten free?

Yes. Be sure to use gluten free oats and Bob’s Red Mill gluten free flour. Almond flour is also a great substitution.

Do you prefer milk chocolate or dark chocolate in your cookies?

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Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

These Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies are filled with ripe bananas, hearty oats, flaxseed and dark chocolate chips! They're great for breakfast but can be enjoyed as a snack any time of day.
4.96 from 23 reviews
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cooling time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 cookies
Calories: 280kcal


  • 3 small ripe bananas, mashed (~1 cup mashed)
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups quick cook 1 minute oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Brewer's Yeast Powder (optional for lactation cookies)
  • 2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (plus a little extra for garnishing the tops of the cookies)


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the mashed bananas, peanut butter, honey, egg and vanilla until smooth.
  • Then combine the dry ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl: oats, flour, brewer's yeast (if using), flaxseed, cinnamon, baking powder and salt.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into the banana mixture with a rubber spatula until combined and then stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Use a cookie scoop to scoop dough onto cookie sheet, 6 cookies per sheet. Press the cookies down gently with the back of a spoon or measuring cup. Place a couple more chocolate chips on top of the cookies if desired.
  • Bake for 15-16 minutes or until edges are lightly brown.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Sprinkle flaky sea salt on top, if desired. Enjoy!



Store cookies at room temperature for up to 3 days, in the fridge for 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months. 
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Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 341mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 41IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 2mg

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9 months ago

Just made these and I was a little skeptical of the brewers yeast taste! These are delicious and I’ll be making another batch to freeze for returning to work!

1 year ago

Very good, quick, and simple. I made these vegan (agave syrup = honey, 1tbs flax and 3tbs water = egg). Happy to have these ready to go for busy mornings.

1 year ago

These will be great in addition to my scrambled eggs in the morning when I’m in a hurry! They are so delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe, Tawnie!

1 year ago

These cookies are so delicious!! I love that it calls for more brewers yeast than most other lactation recipes. They’re filling too.

1 year ago

I ate so many of these when I was breastfeeding. Not sure if they helped or not, but they sure tasted good.

1 year ago

Cookies for breakfast sounds perfect for me! Great recipe.

Kristina Tipps
1 year ago

These were delicious! I can’t wait to make them again, after my freezer batch runs out.

Emily Flint
1 year ago

These cookies were so delicious and my son loved them too which is a winner in my book! I love the idea of a “healthy” cookie in the morning, he’ll never know 😂.

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