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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Breakfast Cookies (with no added sugars!)

Updated on September 10, 2014

Healthy Oatmeal Applesauce Breakfast Cookies (or anytime Cookies)

Are you looking for a gluten-free alternative for breakfast? Or perhaps you are on a dairy-free diet? These oatmeal raisin breakfast cookies are delicious, simple-to-make, and healthy! They have no dairy, no added sugar and no gluten (if you use gluten-free oats). My teenage son could not stop eating them. I am trying to reduce the amount of sugar my kids eat, yet they still want something sweet. My husband has given up all desserts and sugar, yet he can eat these cookies. They are made with bananas, oatmeal, applesauce and raisins with some cinnamon and vanilla for a delicious flavor.

Get a great start to your day by eating a delicious breakfast cookie sweetened with bananas and boost your energy! Here you find step-by-directions, the recipe for these scrumptious cookies as well as some compelling reasons to limit sugars and add bananas to your diet. Read on!

Gather your ingredients

These cookies take just 7 simple ingredients that you probably already have in your house. Just bananas, oats, applesauce, almond milk, raisins (they are optional), vanilla, and cinnamon! If you want to assure that these cookies are gluten free, make sure your oats are marked gluten-free.

Why should you limit your sugar intake? - A few great reasons to make these cookies with no added sugars....

In addition to the fact that research shows that sugar contributes to tooth decay, a diet high in sugar also has many other health problems including the following:

  • Contributes to obesity
  • Increases risk of diabetes
  • Decreases desire for other nutritionally dense foods (such as fruits and veggies)
  • Weakens your immune system (Vitamin C helps white blood cells fight viruses and bacteria, but since glucose (sugar) and vitamin C have similar structures, when you eat sugar, your white blood cells add glucose instead of the vitamin C they need.)
  • Contributes to disease (Cancer loves sugar!)
  • Contributes to anxiety, depression, and hyperactivity
  • Reduces HDL (good) cholesterol levels and raises LDL (bad) cholesterol levels
  • Can cause headaches and migraines
  • Can increase fatty deposits in the liver

Cookies bake better on Stoneware!

Old Stone Oven Round Pizza Stone
Old Stone Oven Round Pizza Stone

Cookies bake so evenly on stoneware. It is almost impossible to burn cookies when you use stoneware. I use my stoneware for almost everything. I like the round stone because it is so versatile--use it to bake pizza, calzones,cookies, biscuits and more!

 

First, mash your bananas

I find the easiest way to mash bananas is to slice them, then mash them with a fork.

10 Great Reasons to eat Bananas - or use them in baking

Children and adults alike enjoy bananas. I think they are one of nature's perfect foods. They come wrapped in their own container, they are relatively inexpensive, they are easy to eat. You can use them in cookies like these, or smoothies, or add them to breads and muffins. In addition, they are good for you!

  1. Bananas are high in potassium (which is necessary for good nerve and muscle function as well as maintaining a healthy balance of body fluids).
  2. Bananas are low in calories--only about 110 per banana. You can indulge your sweet tooth without adding too many calories!
  3. Bananas are naturally fat free and cholesterol free. You can substitute bananas for butter or oil in many recipes for cookies/cakes/muffins.
  4. Bananas are high in Vitamin C (which helps boost your immune system).
  5. Bananas are an excellent source of vitamin B-6 (which is used to grow new cells). One banana has about 35% of your daily required intake of B-6.
  6. Bananas are naturally high in fiber. Fiber can help you feel full longer and keep your digestive system running properly.
  7. Bananas are a good source of manganese (which is necessary for bone health and metabolism).
  8. Bananas are a great source of carbohydrates (which your body uses for energy).
  9. Bananas are easy to digest. Mashed bananas are great for babies. When you are sick, eating a banana is a great way to get some important nutrients without upsetting your stomach.
  10. Bananas contain many other nutrients such as some iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, Vitamin E and A, folate, carotene, and choline.

Mix in all your ingredients - I let mine "rest" for a few minutes to absorb the flavors before baking

These are my favorite Mixing Bowls - I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Pampered Chef Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls

I highly recommend these mixing bowls. I have been using them for everything for the past 10 years. Each bowl in the set comes with a lid--great if you are making your dough ahead of time, also great for storing foods you've prepared ahead of time (such as potato salad). They have a no-skid bottom and they nest for storage. I cannot say enough about these mixing bowls. They are worth every penny! They'd make a great gift for any bride or newlywed or new homeowner!

Drop your cookies on a baking sheet

I prefer to bake on stoneware. And I LOVE my cookie scoops. I get perfect, uniform cookies every time. I have a small, medium, and large cookie scoop. I used the large cookie scoop for these cookies. Drop them onto the baking sheet and flatten them slightly.

My favorite Cookie Scoop

Wilton Large Cookie Scoop
Wilton Large Cookie Scoop

I use my cookie scoops all the time. I have the small, medium, and large scoops. The large scoop is perfect size for these breakfast cookies and it is also just right for filling muffin cups. One large scoop = one muffin or cupcake. The small scoop is great for stretching your recipe to make lots of cookies and also perfect for filling mini muffin tins. The medium size is great for all kinds of cookies!

 

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Make sure you use Gluten Free oats!

Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats, 32 Ounce (Pack of 4)
Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats, 32 Ounce (Pack of 4)

Red Mill is a trusted gluten free brand. Whole oats are so good for you! I eat mine raw, cooked, in recipes, and mixed into plain yogurt. Oats promote healthy digestion and are full of great nutrients and fiber.

 

Ready for the oven! - Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes

Bake in a preheated oven. I baked mine 20 minutes.

Let them cool slightly before removing from the baking sheet - Enjoy!

Ready for some great breakfast cookies??

Here's the Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • Yields: Makes 12-15 Big Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas
  • 1/3 cup applesauce (natural or unsweetened)
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Mash bananas with a fork. Add all other ingredients and mix. Let mixture sit for 5-10 minutes. Use large scoop to drop spoonfuls onto baking stone. Bake 15-20 minutes. Let cool slightly before removing from baking stone. Enjoy!
  2. You can substitute craisins or chopped nuts for the raisins.
5 stars from 1 rating of Oatmeal Applesauce Breakfast Cookies

No time to bake? Try these gluten free bars!

KIND PLUS, Cranberry Almond + Antioxidants, Gluten Free Bars 1.4 OZ (Pack of 12)
KIND PLUS, Cranberry Almond + Antioxidants, Gluten Free Bars 1.4 OZ (Pack of 12)

I have tried a lot of gluten free granola bars and found that the Kind bars are my favorite! These are a simple go-to gluten free breakfast alternative. They are delicious and come in many varieties. They are also dairy free.

 

Thanks for reading about my Breakfast cookies! - Click "Add Comment" and let me know what you think!

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      blessedmomto7 3 years ago

      @brittany-williams-378199: I've never frozen these--they never last that long. I think that they should freeze well.

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      brittany-williams-378199 3 years ago

      Thank you for this recipe! I found it on Pinterest. :) I am about to make these right now and I am so excited to try a bunch of different combinations of add-ins! I do have a question for you. Have you ever tried freezing these? If so, were they still as good when thawed?

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      This is not for me. But I do have a friend that this could be useful for. Thanks.

    • PurplePansy LM profile image

      PurplePansy LM 4 years ago

      I just recently tried a recipe similar to this recently. I was really surprised that cookies could be made with bananas as a main ingredient. They are really pretty good.

    • DecoratingEvents profile image

      DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

      These look absolutely Yummy!

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      Heather Burns 4 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      yum! having for breakfast today!

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      I'm not a huge baker but if I were going to try them I'd chop up some Honeycrisp Apple and throw it into the mix.

    • homeschoolmomof4 profile image

      homeschoolmomof4 4 years ago

      They sound really yummy. Maybe I'll give them a try, but no bananas in the house right now.