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Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies

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Recipe At-A-Glance

Cookies for breakfast? Absolutely! These whole-grain, lightly-sweet Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies are a great way to kick your day off right.

Vegetarian, Whole Grains

Ready in 25 minutes

Breakfast has been my jam lately. It’s almost entirely because my morning sickness (what a terribly misleading name) is actually afternoon/evening sickness. I feel awesome when I first wake up! And since I’m itching to get in the kitchen and create things—and onions and garlic are still on the please-don’t-bring-these-anywhere-near-me list—it means my creations are focusing pretty solidly on sweet breakfast foods.

oatmeal raisin breakfast cookies

I haven’t been stressing too much about my eating during pregnancy. In fact, my midwives have told me that with continuing morning sickness like mine (going on week 24—yay?), getting in any food and keeping it down is more important than the quality of food. 

oatmeal raisin breakfast cookies

What I have been doing is trying hard to front-load my days with healthy eats. I try to get in as many healthy fats, whole grains, fruits and veggies as I can before noon, because on most days, come about 3pm, all bets are off.

These oatmeal raisin breakfast cookies are a great way to help me get in some goodies before my body decides it wants to boycott eating in the afternoon. They are entirely whole grain, they are sweetened with all-natural honey and applesauce—oh, and they’re way tasty. If you’re a big fan of sweet treats for breakfast (think: donuts, pastries, scones, muffins), these breakfast cookies are a nice way to ease you into a healthier sweet breakfast option. They’re sweet, but not eating-cake-for-breakfast kind of sweet. And with that sweetness, you’re getting a ton of fiber, healthy fats, and even a nice dose of Omega-3s, thanks to some ground flax seed.

oatmeal raisin breakfast cookies

Of course, these oatmeal raisin breakfast cookies aren’t just for breakfast. I’ve also been grabbing a couple of them with a piece of fruit as an on-the-go snack. Basically, these cookies will work for just about any meal of the day. Except dessert. I mean, sure, they’re called cookies, but they’re not dessert cookies.

A bit of a tangent here: for years, when I would try to lose weight, I thought being “healthy” meant that everything I consumed had to be totally, 100% healthy. It was all or nothing. If I happened to slip up and eat a mini-Snickers bar at work, I had ruined everything (drama queen, what). It led me to trying to healthify absolutely everything. I wouldn’t eat dessert if it wasn’t sweetened with applesauce only. I wouldn’t eat pasta unless it was the whole wheatiest, crunchiest, hippiest pasta in the store. I wouldn’t even go near a restaurant unless it had healthy organic options on the menu. It wasn’t sustainable.

Of course, that just totally set me up for failure. Because life isn’t about everything being healthified. Life is about enjoying a piece of birthday cake that your mom handmade for you (with, gasp, real butter, sugar and white flour). Or eating a big salad of veggies fresh from your garden. Or digging into a bowl of melty, cheesy, gooey mac and cheese after a really rough day at work. Or eating applesauce-sweetened, whole grain oatmeal raisin breakfast cookies.

oatmeal raisin breakfast cookies

It wasn’t until I realized that the world of applesauce-sweetened cookies and the world of melty, cheesy, gooey mac and cheese could actually co-exist that I started to get really healthy. And that’s, obviously, the philosophy that led me to start this blog of mine.

Anywho, I know that sweets aren’t all that important to some people, but because I have such a raging sweet tooth, part of my food philosophy is that, if I’m going to have dessert, I’m going to have dessert.

I’m going to do it right. And as delicious as these breakfast cookies are alongside coffee and orange slices in the morning or as a grab-and-go snack, they are not dessert cookies. Promise me you’ll go out and get yourself a hunk of chocolate or a little bowl of ice cream or a piece of cheesecake and not eat these cookies for dessert, k? You deserve a better dessert than these.

End of PSA. Onto the cookies!

Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies

Yield: 18 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Cookies for breakfast? Absolutely! These whole-grain, lightly-sweet cookies are a great way to kick your day off right. If you're pressed for time on most mornings, make up a big batch of these on a slow weekend and freeze. A few seconds in the microwave, and they're just like fresh-baked!


  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil (or other mild-flavored oil)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, eggs, vanilla extract, applesauce and honey until well combined. Set aside
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, oats, flaxseed, baking soda, cinnamon and raisins until well combined. Add in the wet ingredients and stir until completely mixed. The batter will be wet. Allow the batter to rest for 5 minutes (this helps thicken it a bit).
  4. Spoon rounded tablespoons, two inches apart onto the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown around the edges. Let cool 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then remove to cooling rack to cool completely.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 45mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 3g

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.


Are you a sweet or a savory breakfast person?

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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14 Responses
  1. Nicola

    I was searching for a recipe for oatmeal raisin breakfast cookies that I had made before, when I came across yours. It looked a lot like one from another website, so I compared. They are basically identical, and it looks as though yours was posted first. I think this person may have copied and posted yours:

    I don’t know if it is true, or if you are interested, but I really liked the recipe and it is a shame to see someone post your work as their own.

  2. Hayley

    I baked these and thought they were yummy. I subbed two really, really ripe, mashed bananas for the applesauce because I didn’t have any on hand to use. Maybe because of this, I noticed the cookies didn’t really spread in the oven on the first batch – so for the second I flattened the cookies out a bit so they already had a cookie shape and then put them in the oven. Anyhow, thought I would share in case anyone wanted to see how a banana substitution worked, and to let you know that my 20 month old loved them!

  3. Melinda

    I just wanted to ask if there are any suggestions to add a touch more sweet to these? I made them today and the grown ups love them, the little ones however are craving something with more sweetness, would a banana mashed up and a touch more oats do it? any ideas would be appreciated.

    Thanks so much

  4. Kera

    I just made these tonight, and while I was mixing the wet ingredients, I realized that boyfriend ate the last applesauce. Ugh. So I used 1/2 cup from a can of organic pumpkin pie mix, and it turned out AMAZING. The pie mix has some sugar in it already, so I cut back just a bit on the honey. Seriously, try it this way.

  5. I just wanted to thank you for posting all of these recipes like this. It’s so helpful and really refreshing to find a group of healthy recipes that use ingredients that most people have at home – instead of being full of specialty items that you have to search several stores for and spend tons of extra money on. Much appreciated!

  6. I love how vibrant those blood orange slices are. I alternate between sweet & savory breakfast foods, but right now I’m on more of a savory kick. And I actually don’t like mixing them up, so no eggs with breakfast cookies for me.

  7. HeyBeckyJ

    Three things:
    1. These cookies look delicious. I hope I can find time to try them out this weekend.
    2. While my “morning sickness” didn’t last nearly as long as yours has, I too had afternoon into the evening sickness during my second pregnancy. This was a total shock since I had morning sickness actually in the morning with my first. Mostly just wanted to point out that just because you’re sick in the afternoon with this pregnancy doesn’t mean it will be like that for future pregnancies – weird huh?
    3. I LOVE ZipList, so I’m really excited that you’re transferring your recipes there!

  8. Bandit1

    Could you use regular flax seed in this recipe, I don’t have ground and the bag is enormous given the small amount I use each day 🙂

    1. Cassie

      I think it would probably work, I’d just up the whole wheat flour a few tablespoons to make up for the flour-like quality of the ground flaxseeds.

      I would note, that I’ve always heard that whole flaxseeds are really difficult for the body to digest, which means they pass through your intestines almost whole and you don’t get all the health benefits. If you have a coffee grinder, flaxseeds grind perfectly in that!

  9. Breakfast cookies are amazing – I love to make them! I have a recipe that uses bananas and oats, so good!
    …I too believe in a true dessert, so I’m with you on that 🙂

  10. Sarah

    Those look awesome!

    I am mostly a savory breakfast person – sometimes if I eat sweet stuff in the morning, I feel like it triggers my sweet tooth and then I want sweet things all day long.

    Plus, I can’t live without bacon. 🙂

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