Lunchbox Treat: Breakfast Cookie

I know. You think I’m crazy. These cookies aren’t much different than giving your kiddo oatmeal for breakfast. BUT, they are WAY healthier than the average breakfast/granola bar from a box. Besides, you need to use up that banana that no one will eat because it has brown spots. Trust me. Adapted slightly from How to Feed a Family (get it here) Help keep our resources for families with special needs free! We have recommend products which were used in the production of this recipe. You can purchase these products through the Amazon Smile program, with Project Autism selected as your Charity of Choice, allowing us to receive a donation from Amazon for every purchase you make.


  • 1 really ripe banana
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup natural almond or peanut butter (or use chocolate hazelnut spread!)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup spelt flour (Why? It has more protein, copper, and zinc than wheat and is easier on your tummy if you are intolerant of wheat)
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ¼ cup flax meal
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

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Step 1

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Line baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats (get mats here) In a mixing bowl, mash up your banana.

Step 2

Add in the egg, nut butter, syrup, and vanilla. Mix it together.

Step 3

In a second bowl, combine the oats, coconut, flax, baking powder, and baking soda.

Step 4

Mix it up.

Step 5

Combine wet and dry in a stand mixer.

Step 6

Scoop out your dough using a measuring cup or ice cream scoop. Next time I’ll flatten out the mounds a little because this dough doesn’t spread in the oven.

Step 7

Bake 12-14 minutes. Cool on the counter for a couple of minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely. Enjoy.