Sometimes, presentation is everything. A side of grilled veggies is a usual suspect at the dinner table. But stack them on a stick and you’ve got yourself a kebab! Fries? Standard American fare. Curly fries? Same ingredients, more party vibes.
That’s how I feel about breakfast cookies. When my eyes gaze upon their familiar, circular shape, my brain starts to celebrate, and I feel like I’m indulging in dessert. But in reality, I’m starting my morning with the healthy makings of a granola bar, sans the bar shape.
Want to join the fun? Here are a few ideas you can use to kick off your day in a nutritious and festive way. And thanks to the portable, no-utensils-required nature of cookies, this party is one that you can take on the road!
No matter your dietary restrictions, this recipe is for you. It’s gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, and nut-free. What it does include is a trio of super-seeds that are high in protein, fiber, and Omega-3 fatty acids: flax, chia, and hemp. Get the recipe.
Here’s a simple recipe for the peanut lovers. The main players here are rolled oats, peanut butter, and chopped peanuts for extra crunch. Maple syrup lends some natural sweetness while two tablespoons of chia seeds provide a boost of fiber, protein, and Omega-3s. Get the recipe.
While many breakfast cookie doughs rely on rolled oats to provide some structure, this one also puts quinoa into the mix. The addition of sea salt and dates delivers a classic sweet and salty one-two punch. Get the recipe.
Before discovering this cookie, I never thought of combining these three flavors. But now, nothing could seem more right. This recipe calls for three whole bananas and a half cup of dried blueberries. A cup of coconut flakes and a tablespoon of honey or agave nectar brings the sweetness while nearly a cup of pecans adds texture—not to mention vitamins and minerals! Get the recipe.
If cranberries are your berry of choice, here’s a quick and easy option for you. It only requires a short list of six ingredients, but you won’t find butter, oil, eggs, flour, or sugar in it! Get the recipe.
All the flavors of apple pie with none of the gluten or refined sugar. Sounds like an ideal breakfast to me! Applesauce and diced apple pieces join forces here to really amp up the fruity flavor. Get the recipe.
When it comes to produce, fruit doesn’t get to have all the breakfast cookie fun! These sweet potato cookies are flourless, vegan, and gluten-free and only require six ingredients. Rolled oats and sweet potato purée form the base for this dough, while raisins and pepitas shake up the composition. Get the recipe.
Zucchini is that easygoing friend you can take everywhere. It’s equally at home at a formal dinner or barbecue, and it can even turn up when it’s time for dessert. This nutrient-packed cookie recipe includes a cup of shredded zucchini and a banana to boot. Walnuts and chocolate chips add texture and a dose of antioxidants. Get the recipe.
This one is next level—cake flavor; cookie shape; healthy nutrition profile. At just 74 calories per cookie, this recipe requires zero butter, refined flour, or sugar. Get the recipe.
— Head photo: Leelalicious.