Eating cookies for breakfast is something I can definitely get on board with. Convenient, delicious, nutritious- what’s not to love? I developed these vegan breakfast cookies based off of an oatcake, cookie-type-thing I used to love from a small coffee shop in Halifax (Steve-O-Reno’s, I miss you), that aren’t vegan, but definitely are delicious.
You might be wondering what makes a cookie a breakfast cookie. While there are no concrete criteria (anything could probably be a breakfast cookie if you really wanted it to be), these cookies are packed with whole grains, healthy fats, and plant-based protein to start your day off on the right foot. If you’re not much of a breakfast person, these cookies might be the perfect light snack to energize you in the morning. If you love a hearty breakfast in the morning, they pair great alongside some fruit, a smoothie, chia pudding- whatever your heart desires!
Of course, you aren’t limited to only eating these at breakfast time! I love these breakfast cookies as a morning or afternoon snack or as a dessert.
Are a forewarning, the ingredient list looks much longer for this recipe than most of my recipes, but the majority of ingredients are pantry staples that you very likely have on hand. I included a diversity of ingredients to ensure a good balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat to help keep you feeling energized throughout your day. If you don’t have some of the nuts or seeds on hand, feel free to swap them out with whatever you do have on hand!
These cookies provide an excellent source of plant-based omega-3 because of the walnuts, chia seeds, and hemp hearts. Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid that we often associate with fish, but we can source it on a plant-based diet through ground flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and walnuts, or through an algae-based omega-3 supplement. I have a whole blog post talking about omega-3 if you want to learn more!
I recommend making a big batch of these cookies and freezing them in a freezer-safe container if you don’t think you’ll get through them all! That way, you can pop a few out when the craving strikes and enjoy them at your leisure!
Easy Vegan Breakfast Cookies
These easy vegan breakfast cookies are the perfect recipe to prep ahead of a busy week! They have a great balance of whole grains, healthy fats and plant-based protein to keep you energized throughout your day!
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 3 tbsp water
- 1.5 cups oats
- 1 cup oat flour Can blend oats in blender until flour consistency
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 3 tbsp hemp hearts
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 2 tbsp plant-based milk I used oat milk
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 3 tbsp coconut oil melted
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or reusable silicon baking pad.
Combine chia seeds and water in a small bowl and let sit for about 5 minutes, until they form a gel.
Add oats, oat flour, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, hemp hearts, cranberries, baking powder, cinnomon and salt to a large bowl. Whisk to combine.
In a deparate bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, peanut butter, vanilla and plant-based milk. Add slowly to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
Add chocolate chips and stir to combine.
Roll the dough in heaped tablespoon sized balls and place on baking sheet. Press down to flatten slightly.
Bake for 15-17 minutes until edges are slightly golden-brown. Let cool completely and enjoy!
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