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Healthy breakfast cookies

Today my life went from crazy to CRAZY ENOUGH TO BE WRITTEN IN CAPS. More on that another time. The reason I mention it is because I will not be able to write more than one post per week on this blog for the next couple of months. This makes me sad. I have been writing two or more posts per week for at least a year. I hope to get back to that rate by December, just in time to make a couple truckloads of Christmas cookies!  

What a great transition! I didn't even plan this one. While we're on the topic of cookies..

My friend Maren passed this recipe along to me from I am always up for a healthy snack, especially one that is referred to as a cookie (i.e., that will sound enticing to my children). I have made these a few times and my boys LOVE THEM. Elijah asks to eat these for dessert. And breakfast. And lunch. You get the point. They are totally and completely healthy and delicious. It almost seems good to be true! But it's not!

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine:

3 cups bran flakes, crushed (that is, 3 cups pre-crushed and just less than 2 cups crushed; on my last batch I discovered I only had 2 cups pre-crushed and that worked fine, too!)

2 cups oatmeal

2 tablespoons wheat germ

2 tablespoons cinnamon

Mix well and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine:

1/2 cup yogurt (I have been using vanilla yogurt, but feel free to use plain or another flavor)

1 cup applesauce (I have used unsweetened, cinnamon and mango-peach flavored; all were delicious!)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup honey

1 large egg

1/2 cup skim milk

Mix well.


1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

Mix well.

Gradually add the cereal-oatmeal mixture and stir after each addition.


3/4 cup raisins

Stir in the raisins.

Roll heaping tablespoons into balls with your hands and place them onto the prepared baking sheets. Lightly flatten the top of each cookie with your fingers.

Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes.

All of my batches so far have made exactly 36 cookies and none of my batches have lasted for more than 48 hours.

I added a mashed banana to one batch and it was delicious! I would imagine that a shredded carrot would be great, too, or some berries or a mashed peach.

This is officially my new favorite recipe.

Healthy Breakfast Cookies

No trickery needed with these babies. They are just as delicious as dessert cookies and kids love them! (adapted from:

Contributed by Megan Porta from

Published Sep 11, 2012

Serves: 36

Total time: 1 hr

Healthy Breakfast Cookies


  • 3 cups bran flakes, crushed (when crushed, it equals ~2 cups)
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup cinnamon applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2cup skim milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine bran flakes, oatmeal, wheat germ and cinnamon. Mix well and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine yogurt, applesauce, vanilla, honey, egg and milk. Mix well. Add baking soda and baking powder and mix well. Gradually add the cereal-oatmeal mixture to the yogurt mixture and stir after each addition. Fold in the raisins.
  3. Roll heaping tablespoons into balls with your hands and place on prepared baking sheet. Lightly press down on the ball to flatten it. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes.



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Reader Comments (21)

Oh man, those look fabulous!!! I'll definitely be making these very soon!!!

09.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany H

I will be making these! What type of oatmeal, instant or regular or does it not matter?

I have been using regular old fashioned oatmeal. I'm sure any kind would work just fine!

09.12.2012 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

The fact that you added a banana made me laugh because my originally intended comment was going to be: "Hooray! A healthy breakfast cookie without bananas!" I HATE bananas. :) Thanks for the recipe.

09.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Great alternative to a muffin or bagel for breakfast and way healthier too. Gonna give these a whirl!

Om nom. These look so good. And since they're cookies...for gets the GENIUS stamp of approval.

I hope things are okay! Don't let stress or life take you by the seat of your pants and throw you against the snow covered wall. Always ask yourself 'What would Cayman do?'

09.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterParsley Sage

Healthy cookies?! YEAH BABY! I want to make these right away. And since they are healthy, I'll have a couple of extra servings. :)

09.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate@Diethood

I made these yesterday.....ummmm.....had to put a stop to the eating of said cookies so they would be around for breakfast!! ALL of the Cooper's liked them. totally cheat...I used Raisin Bran. :)

09.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Cooper

I used Raisin Bran too and also added Craisins and Walnuts. They're in the oven now but look awesome!! PS: I got 37 cookies :)

09.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaula Johnson

I made these a few weeks ago but they did not come out thick like yours did. Mine were very thin. Any idea why? Also, Can i use something instead of the yogurt? Even though they were thin, they tasted amazing!!

01.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRena

Hi Rena! Every once in a while I get a runnier batch than normal and it is usually because I add too much milk or applesauce. Try cutting back on one of those ingredients and adding a bit more bran or oatmeal. Or, since you don't want the yogurt in there, try eliminating that altogether. Please let me know how it turns out!

01.13.2013 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

So i made these without the yogurt and in the end they came out great! they werent thin llike my first batch. Perfect! Thanks!!!

01.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRena

I love this recipe! I especially love the ingredient photos. Why aren't all recipes done like this? So perfect for this ADHD mama...
~ Jennifer

Plan to try this recipe for my teenager that is always trying to skip breakfast. I just have to tell you that I love, love, love!!!! the labeled recipe photos of the ingredients in bowls. I'm a pro photographer, so obviously I'm a very visual person, and I've always had difficulty with "getting lost" in a recipe as I'm making it. I'm always highlighting and color coding them to aide my crazy brain! If you ever want to make a cookbook like this, I will be your first sale!

03.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAllForElle

We have a 14-yr-old, an 11-yr-old, and 4-yr-old twins.......what a perfect treat for those crazy mornings. I'll have to make these for the kids.....and maybe I'll have some, too!!!

03.24.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatti Martin

I made this and my batch was extremely runny. I have to wonder if the 1/2 cup of milk is suppose to be a liquid measure, which is what I did, or in a dry measure. I ended up having to add more oats and flour to thicken it up and absorb the liquidy mass. They still taste okay though

04.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterVivian

Hi Vivian! The milk is a liquid measure. If your batch was runny, adding oats or cereal should help. My batches are usually on the runny side, but I manage to form them into balls and once they are baked you would never know.

04.3.2013 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

I have also seen and used variations of this recipe using powdered dry milk in addition to the called for liquids. It helps alleviate the moisture problem and supplies additional calcium. I was surprised to discover how expensive dried powdered milk has become over the years. Wasn't this ingredient once considered an inexpensive alternative to fresh milk?

04.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy de Chicchis

Great tip, Amy! I might have to give this a try next time. I haven't purchased powdered milk in years! I wonder why the cost has risen so much? Anyhow, I appreciate the comment!

04.7.2013 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

These are great! Just made them again tonight and realized I didn't have rains, so I substituted 3/4 cup butterscotch chips. I know that they aren't really "healthy breakfast cookies" now, but wow they are delicious

04.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSnakedog

I just made these and they are delicious!!! The recipe was very quick and easy, and versatile. I didn't have wheat germ or yogurt so I simply omitted them, and I used whole instead of skim milk. I will absolutely make these again. Thank you!

11.26.2014 | Unregistered Commentercandice

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