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Chocolate Walnut Breakfast Cookies

Hmm….dry toast, cold cereal, or breakfast cookies?

I’ll take breakfast cookies, please.

These taste so decadent and indulgent..and they are…a bit more so than some other breakfast options. However, they are a great treat and taste incredible with a hot cup of coffee.

Speaking of which, I need to go throw my coffee in the microwave. I cannot for the life of me drink a cup of coffee without having to heat it up at least twice. I’m always distracted by a whining (although cute) toddler, a dirty diaper, a hungry baby, or a book being shoved in my face “read mommy!” All huge blessings, even the dirty diapers but for once I’d like to finish a hot cup of coffee before 11am.

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But I digress. These chocolate walnut breakfast cookies are SO good! Subtle taste of banana, great chocolate flavor and amazing chewy texture with a nice crunch from the walnuts. Plus they freeze and reheat well. What more could you possibly want?

I adapted this recipe from Christi’s recipe. She writes Love from the Oven and everything that comes out of her kitchen looks so amazing. As soon as I saw this recipe, I immediately printed it and made it at the first sight of brown bananas.




Chocolate Walnut Breakfast Cookies

Yield: 18 cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

These breakfast cookies are a great balance of health and decadence with chocolate, walnuts, whole wheat flour, and a low amount of fat.


  • 1 and 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cups oats
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup chopped raw walnuts
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat baking sheets.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add butter, yogurt and banana. Mix with paddle attachment until smooth. Add in granulated sugar and brown sugar and mix until combined (may look curdled--no big deal!). Add in eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  4. With the mixer on low, gradually add in dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Mix in chocolate chips and walnuts by hand.
  5. Using a large cookie scoop (~1/4 cup), scoop batter onto prepared sheet pans about 2 inches apart (I only put 6 per tray but probably could have fit more). Bake for 13-15 minutes or until set. Cool completely on baking sheets before storing in an airtight container.

Adapted fromΒ Love from the Oven

Verdict: So delicious. Wish I had one now to eat with my cold coffee.
Husband’s take: He liked these but he’s not as much as a sweet-fiend as I am, so I ate the majority of them (shocking.)
Changes I would make: None.
Difficulty: Easy.

Craving more breakfast cookies?

Slice and Bake Breakfast Cookies from Comfy Belly
Hearty Oatmeal Banana Breakfast Cookies from Dine & Dish
Vegan Carrot Cherry Breakfast Cookies from Joy the Baker
Chocolate Chip Pistachio Breakfast Cookies from Eat, Live, Run
Gluten-Free Breakfast Cookies from Gluten-Free Goddess


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23 Responses to “Chocolate Walnut Breakfast Cookies”

  1. laurasmess — June 21, 2013 at 6:22 am

    These look delicious Rachel! I’ve been seeing lots of recipes for breakfast cookies over the past few days. I think the universe is trying to tell me something πŸ˜‰ I love the fact that these contain yoghurt and oats. All of the things I love for breakfast but in a chocolatey, deliciously portable package! Thanks to you and Christi for the inspiration. I’ll be trying these very soon.

  2. Kathryn — June 21, 2013 at 6:42 am

    I am very much in favour the the breakfast cookie. These look so delicious!

  3. Ashley — June 21, 2013 at 7:38 am

    I’m all for anything that involves cookies as an acceptable breakfast food. πŸ™‚ And I’m with you – I would love to finish an entire cup of coffee while it is still hot! Maybe when the kids leave for college??

  4. sheila — June 21, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Yes please for me too!

  5. Tieghan — June 21, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Ditto! Yes, Please!

  6. Bev @ Bev Cooks — June 21, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Oh muh guuuuudness.

  7. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — June 21, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I LOVE the idea of breakfast cookies! Cookies for breakfast is the best thing.

  8. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — June 21, 2013 at 10:16 am

    yum! i bet some orange zest in these would be fabulous too πŸ™‚

  9. Gina — June 21, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Um…YUM! Totally making these today. Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — June 21, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I am alllll about eating cookies whenever possible. Breakfast cookies may just be the most genius thing I’ve ever heard of!

  11. natalie@thesweetslife — June 21, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    ooh awesome! I just made carrot walnut breakfast cookies but anything with chocolate automatically wins! πŸ™‚

  12. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 21, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Oh, yes! These look super yummy, and if I can enjoy them for breakfast, all the better! Wonderful recipe, Rachel. Have a great weekend.

  13. Christi @ Love From The Oven — June 21, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    So glad you liked them! It’s so awesome to be able to cut out so much of the butter and still have a great cookie. πŸ™‚ Just made some peanut butter white chocolate ones yesterday, not on the blog yet, that my daughter has declared are even better than these. Woohoo! Cookies for breakfast.

  14. Kristen — June 21, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    I think breakfast cookies are the best thing ever (and thanks for linking to mine).
    I love how fudgey these ones look! Yum!

  15. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — June 23, 2013 at 12:23 am

    I’ll take any excuse to eat cookies for breakfast! These look so yummy!

  16. Erika — July 2, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I LOVE cookies for breakfast! These looks so incredible–looking forward to trying these out soon!

  17. Ashley — July 7, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I love any excuse to have cookies for breakfast. These look fabulous!

  18. Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate — November 10, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I need no excuse to eat cookies for breakfast. This morning I even had a chocolate muffin!

  19. Jo — January 23, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    YES!!! Cookies for breakfast!! Om nom nom… πŸ˜‰


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