Flax Cranberry Breakfast Cookies
Flax Cranberry Breakfast Cookies

If you haven’t quite picked up on it yet, I’m a big, fat breakfast cookie lover. I love how easy they are to make (you can bake a batch is less than a half hour). I love that they are a handheld breakfast that is full of nourishing yumminess. I love that they make breakfasts (and snacks, I love them as snacks, too) feel like a special treat. I mean, c’mon, you’re eating cookies. For breakfast. And it’s good for you! Win.

Flax Cranberry Breakfast Cookies

If you’ve never whipped up a batch of breakfast cookies before, they definitely aren’t your standard sugar-bomb cookie. Heck, they aren’t even your standard sugar-bomb muffin or scone. These suckers are lightly-sweet, packed with healthy whole grains, and sweetened using natural sweeteners. They really are a sweet treat you can feel good about having with your morning coffee. Or tea, if that’s what makes your mornings happy.

Flax Cranberry Breakfast Cookies

One of my favorite quick and easy breakfasts when I was working in an office was to snag a breakfast cookie or two, plus a hard-boiled egg, and then whip up a green smoothie to drink in the car on my commute (using the awesome individual blender cups that come with my blender). It was a super speedy, super nourishing breakfast that covered all my healthy eating bases. I was getting in whole grains, lean protein, tons of healthy fiber, fruits, and veggies. And thanks to the joy of food prepping, it took me about five minutes to put together in the morning.

Flax Cranberry Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast cookies are endlessly adaptable, but this particular version is all about nutty flaxseeds and chewy, tart, dried cranberries. I know some folks aren’t too keen on the flavor of flax, but I personally love it—I think it adds a really nice depth and richness to foods. Plus, it’s super good for you! Flax is an excellent source of healthy fiber (and a lot of us don’t get enough fiber), plus it’s a great source of plant-based omega-3s (those things you keep hearing about on the news).

One caveat with flaxseeds—you gotta grind ’em! I sprinkled whole seeds on top of these cookies as garnish (because they’re cute and add a nice crunch), but eating them whole won’t do you much health-wise. The little tiny seeds have a very strong outer coating that almost always goes through the digestive system intact, meaning your body doesn’t get any of the nutrients. Make sure you grind your flaxseeds before using them (I use this coffee grinder), and if you buy pre-ground flaxmeal, make sure you stash that stuff in the fridge or freezer. Ground flaxseeds tend to go rancid pretty quickly, so the best method if you don’t go through a ton of flaxmeal is to buy whole seeds, and grind them as you need them.

Flax Cranberry Breakfast Cookies

When it comes to my breakfast cookies, I always use whole wheat flour. If whole wheat flour ends up being a bit too cardboard-y for your tastes, try using white whole wheat flour. It tastes a lot more like the all-purpose flour you’re used to, but it’s still 100% whole grain. Enjoy!

Flax Cranberry Breakfast Cookies

Flax Cranberry Breakfast Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These lightly-sweet flax cranberry breakfast cookies are a perfect, healthy option for hectic weekday mornings.


  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce {recommended: Musselman's}
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour or white whole wheat flour {recommended: King Arthur}
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup flaxmeal (ground flaxseeds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup dried cranberries {recommended: Paradise Meadow}
  • Whole flaxseeds for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add in the coconut oil, eggs, vanilla, applesauce, and maple syrup. Mix on medium until well-blended.
  3. Add in the flour, oats, flaxmeal, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Mix on medium until well-blended.
  4. Fold in the dried cranberries using a wooden spoon.
  5. Drop rounded tablespoonfulls onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving about an inch between cookies. Sprinkle whole flaxseeds on top.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown and solid. Let cool for five minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to a wire baking rack to cool completely.


These cookies will store in an airtight container in the fridge for 7-10 days (although, they probably won't last that long).

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 2 cookies
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 272Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 78mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 4gSugar: 16gProtein: 5g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

What’s your favorite quick and healthy breakfast?

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  1. These are amazing! I used honey instead of maple syrup (because I was out) and my kids and I loved them!

  2. Just found this recipe looking for a breakfast cookie recipe to use up my cranberries. It sounded really good so I thought I’d try it. I used soft white whole wheat flour, fresh cranberries instead of dried and substituted yogurt for the applesauce. They are DELICIOUS! My daughter and I are trying not to eat the whole batch. Thanks for sharing.

  3. OMG. These flax cranberry breakfast cookies are nice and cute. Will prepare these for the birthday next week. I can’t wait to try these out! They sound delicious too!