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Make Mornings More Fun With These 5-Ingredient, Kid-Friendly Breakfast Cookies

Eliza Sullivan
Food Writer By Eliza Sullivan
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Eliza Sullivan is a food writer and SEO editor at mindbodygreen. She writes about food, recipes, and nutrition—among other things. She studied journalism at Boston University.
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When bananas go slightly past their prime, we always look for ways to repurpose the browned (and often therefore extra-sweet) fruit. But after a year of lockdown banana bread, we're looking for new inspiration.

This recipe from Jo Schaalman and Julie Pelaez has the added bonus of being kid-friendly: "Jules and her boys have been making these healthy 'cookies' for years," they write. "What kid doesn't love a cookie for breakfast?" Because the recipe is so simple, it's also perfect for getting kids involved in the cooking process—they'll love making this scrumptious dish.

Even though they may be called cookies, these five-ingredient stunners are made with nutrient-packed ingredients. Other than the bananas, they call on gluten-free oats, which offer a dose of fiber and nutrients like zinc, magnesium, and iron. And they feature raisins, which honestly rarely get the credit they deserve: They're full of iron and vitamin C, and they even have some protein.

Five-Ingredient Breakfast Cookies

Makes 24 cookies



  • 4 ripe bananas, peeled and broken into chunks
  • 2 cups gluten-free oats
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. Himalayan pink salt
  • ½ cup dairy-free mini chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner.
  2. In a medium bowl, mash the bananas with a fork until there are no chunks left. Stir in the oats, raisins, cinnamon, salt, and chocolate chips, if using.
  3. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, scoop the batter onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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