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Paleo Banana Berry Breakfast Cookies

Super soft, chewy banana cookies filled with dried berries – the perfect grab and go breakfast cookies! Gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free – and no mixer required. Still have bananas leftover? Try my banana bread or one banana muffins next.

Paleo Banana Berry Breakfast Cookies on a wire rack

How this recipe came to be

Not in the mood for story time? Feel free to jump straight to the recipe at the bottom!

I wanted to post a new recipe during the first week of January, but unfortunately between the arctic temperatures, blizzard, more arctic temperature, and being in a house surrounded by coastal floodwaters… getting to the store for ingredients was not so much an option.

My car wouldn’t start because of the cold, my car key fob died (maybe also because of the cold?), but even if I HAD made it out, most stores had shut down because of the weather. Apparently it just wasn’t meant to be.

Paleo Banana Berry Breakfast Cookie mound of dough on a silicon mat

But! While I was stuck at home, I started playing that game we’ve all played at one time or another where you start making weird meals out of what you have in the pantry. It’s amazing how creative you find yourself to be during that game.

You find yourself with pickles, a jar of minced onion, chicken broth and a box of Cheez-Its, and somehow you turn that into a delicious meal.

Okay, well, maybe not delicious… but you did sustain yourself, so congratulations.

The great thing about that game is that at least half the time I manage to scrounge something together that ends up being magically delicious. Wait… isn’t that the Lucky Charms slogan? Good lord. I’m not a damn leprechaun. 

During day three of The Great Pantry Scrounging Game, I really wanted cookies. Buuuuuut it was 8AM and I’m trying so hard not to just sit down with a dessert with my morning coffee. You’d think that wouldn’t take that much willpower, but the truth of the matter is that it might be the hardest thing I do every day at this point.

When I bake some schtuff and it’s still in the house (since I don’t have an office to take it all to anymore), it’s allllllll fair game for breakfast. Chocolate cake? Sure. Pecan pie? Of course. Bourbon butter pecan ice cream? YUP. 

Since I left my job last month, I’ve tried to stick with my usual routine of getting up, taking a shower, making breakfast and coffee and then getting to work – but in this case, it’s on the blog and not heading out to catch the boat into the city.

The one thing I can’t bring myself to do though… putting on pants. Pajama pants and yoga pants are my new uniform. When I start working again, it’s going to require some serious manpower to get me into a pair of big girl, professionally acceptable pants. Someone’s going to have to bribe me with cupcakes at the other end of the commute or something.

Paleo Banana Berry Breakfast Cookies cooking on a wire rack

Enter the banana berry breakfast cookies

ANYWAY. I had a few bananas lying around and was staring at a few almost empty bags of dried fruit. I considered making my all time favorite banana bread, but I didn’t have any milk – plus, I still really wanted cookies.

I’d been meaning to try to make some sort of breakfast cookies for a long time now, and since one of the things I was fully stocked on was Bob’s Red Mill gluten free flour (aff link) I figured now was as good a time as any!

And while I was at it, let’s make them paleo. January is the month that everyone is trying to cut back on sugar and dairy, or trying new diets – so I hope this helps someone out here satisfy their own morning cookie cravings.

Disclaimer: I know some people have feelings about whether or not gluten free oats are actually paleo, but I’m of the mindset that a little is okay.

Baked Paleo Banana Berry Breakfast Cookies cooling on a wire rack

It took a little trial and error, but I learned a few things:

  • By using banana, there’s no need for egg because it gives all the moisture and binding you need.
  • It’s not a problem at all to use non-dairy milk like almond or coconut.
  • Using whole, gluten free old fashioned oats results in horribly dry cookies that have a terribly texture. Pulsing them to at least half their size is key.
  • They don’t spread at all, so you have to make sure you flatten them to the size and shape that you want before baking.
  • You don’t want to roll them in your hands because they end up being kinda tough and frankly, look unappealing.
A stack of Paleo Banana Berry Breakfast Cookies on a white counter

But… they don’t look baked!

They don’t brown like a normal cookie would, so they don’t change color much, which I could totally see people finding off-putting. If you let them brown, they’re totally overbaked and dry and no one likes a dry crumbly cookie.

Well… maybe you do, in which case I don’t judge. But that’s not what we’re going for here.

A berry breakfast cookie with a bite taken out

How do I store banana breakfast cookies?

They’re very soft and chewy, and to keep them that way you want to very loosely cover them and store at room temperature – but not for more than a couple days. The downside to this recipe is that you don’t want to make a giant batch of them to eat over time because they won’t last.

However, you CAN store them, wrapped tightly, in the freezer if you want.

While these might not be chocolate chip cookies, they are still cookies. So you can totally tell people that you had cookies for breakfast and be guilt-free about it. People will look at you and think, “How in the world do they do it?!”

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Side note: How fricking cute is this little plate? It’s part of a set of four adorable punny appetizer plates from Pier One. They were a Christmas gift from my husband’s family and I love them so much. They’re perfect for my Food Pun Fridays!

If you’re not familiar with those, follow me on Twitter and Facebook to see the puns flying about each Friday. I love when you guys participate, too, so just tag me or post to my wall to join in the fun! 

A berry breakfast cookie with a bite taken out on a small white plate

Now excuse me – I need to go make another batch of these and I want to give them my undivided attention. They’re a little needy. 

After you’ve made this recipe, please leave a comment below with a rating – and if you came from Pinterest, add a photo to the Pin of what you make to the pin to share your experience!

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A stack of Paleo Banana Berry Breakfast Cookies on a white counter

Paleo Banana Berry Breakfast Cookies

  • Author: Leslie Kiszka
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 810 cookies 1x


Super soft, chewy banana cookies filled with dried berries – a perfect grab and go breakfast cookie! Gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free.


  • 1 cup gluten free old fashioned oats, pulsed in food processor to half their size
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup banana, mashed (about 1 medium banana)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons maple syrup or honey (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest, optional


  1.  Preheat oven to 325°F and line a baking sheet with a nonstick silicon baking mat (aff link) or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk to combine oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, chia seeds, salt and ginger. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mash banana. Add almond milk, coconut oil, maple syrup or honey, and vanilla extract and whisk to combine.
  4. Add dry mixture to bowl of wet mixture and use a spatula to combine. Fold in dried blueberries and cranberries (and orange zest, if using).
  5. If the dough feels too sticky to manage, cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to chill.
  6. Using a large cookie scoop (aff link) (the large scoops I use is 3 tablespoons) drop cookies on prepared baking sheet and use your spatula to flatten them to your desired size (they won’t spread while baking). Press additional blueberries/cranberries into the tops of the cookies – it’s just prettier this way! If you don’t have enough room for all your cookies on one sheet, divide them between two baking sheets.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes and let cool on the pan for 10 minutes before moving them to a wire rack (aff link) to cool completely.
  8. Store, loosely covered, at room temperature for up to three days – enjoy!


They don’t spread at all, so you have to make sure you flatten them to the size and shape that you want before baking.

You don’t want to roll them in your hands because they end up being kinda tough and frankly, look unappealing.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: banana cookies, breakfast cookies

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Lois. O

Monday 15th of January 2018

I had something somewhat similar to these over thanksgiving: butter scones with dried cranberry and yes those were amazing so I know these are gonna be good and the addition of chia seeds and all the other good stuff make this an overload of nutritious goodness! Love it!


Monday 15th of January 2018

These sound so good and cozy!

Sam | Ahead of Thyme

Monday 15th of January 2018

Such an easy and delicious breakfast cookie! Love the bananas in this, I will be making this soon!

Carol Borchardt

Sunday 14th of January 2018

Wow! These are filled with so many good and wholesome things! I'm not a big breakfast eater but I could definitely get into these!

Kim @ Berly's Kitchen

Sunday 14th of January 2018

A while back, a friend told me about banana breakfast cookies. They sounded really good, but I've yet to try them. These sound even better with the berries, so I'll definitely be trying them sometime soon. :)

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