Cookies for Breakfast? Yes you can when it's these healthy Paleo Breakfast Cookies.
For awhile now, my family has been eating fewer grains, in an attempt to work on our gut health. Meals are fairly easy, but having healthy snacks that we can take on the go is a little rough.
We typically lean on these No-Bake Coconut Delights, Crispy Green Bean Chips, Homemade Protein Bars, and Homemade Gummies, but my boys have been craving cookies lately. So I'm especially pleased to have found this fabulous new recipe for Grain-free Paleo Breakfast Cookies in a fabulous Healthy Breakfast book.
The thing that is extra special about this recipe is that while it's a recipe for paleo cookies, it's adaptable for the Autoimmune Paleo Diet, something that I hope to write more about soon. It's a diet that has helped so many people with autoimmune diseases feel so much better.
Anyway, back to the recipe.
Paleo Breakfast Cookies for the Win
These paleo breakfast cookies are sweet, but not too sweet, and they're super filling, which is so nice -- they really satisfy your hunger and keep you full so you're not so tempted to overeat.
Regardless of that, however, my boys have managed to polish off all of them just about as quickly as I make them (well, I did have a few.)
More On These Healthy Breakfast Cookies
I tend to make these grain-free breakfast cookies small so that they stay together better (see my Gluten-Free Baking Tips for more tips that will help you in the kitchen.) The recipe yielded about 18 cookies that way.
These paleo breakfast cookies are certainly healthy enough to have on a daily basis, and even are healthy enough for breakfast. Which makes me feel really good. Getting all of that healthy coconut into my kids makes this mom happy.
- For a lower-carb version: Either omit raisins or substitute either Homemade Chocolate Chips or chopped walnuts. See Sweetener Alternatives.
- For AIP version: Use gelatin instead of the flax so that you are essentially making a gelatin egg instead of a flax egg. Also use organic coconut butter instead of almond butter. This also gives you a nut-free option. For homemade versions of either option, see Homemade Coconut Butter and Homemade Almond Butter. For the egg, you could also make an AIP version of this Egg Replacer.
- Sweetener Alternatives: Instead of the honey, you can use 1-2 scoops stevia extract powder.(1/32 - 1/16 tsp) See How to Use Stevia for more information. Xylitol or erythritol will also work. This post shows how to substitute granulated for liquid sweeteners, but since there is such a small amount in this recipes, it's most likely not necessary to alter the measurements.
- Flax Alternative: The flax seeds in the recipe function as an egg as you can see in this post on how to make flax eggs. Alternatively, you can use 3 eggs if desired.
More Healthy Cookie Recipes
While you may not (or maybe you just might!) want to have these for breakfast, here are some other paleo cookies you will love!
Grain-Free Cinnamon Raisin Paleo Breakfast Cookies - paleo, vegan, low carb option
- 3 tablespoons ground golden flax seeds (see Recipe Notes for using egg as an alternative)
- 9 tablespoons water
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (gluten free)
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup chopped raisins (use nuts or coconut for low-carb)
- 3/4 cup almond butter
- 3 tablespoons honey (or alternative--see Recipe Notes)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, mix the flax seeds, water, lemon juice and vanilla and let it sit for about 10 minutes, until it forms a gel.
- In another bowl, whisk the coconut flour with the baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add the shredded coconut and raisins and mix until well combined.
- Melt the almond butter and sweetener in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the almond butter mixture to the dry ingredients and stir well.
- Add the flax gel to the dough and mix until a thick, sticky dough forms. Scoop the cookie dough into 2-inch mounds and place on the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Repeat until all the dough is used.
- Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden brown. Let the cookies cool on a wire rack.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is merely an approximation. Optional ingredients are not included and when there is an alternative, the primary ingredient is typically used. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts since they have been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.
In 52 Healthy Paleo Breakfast Recipes, you'll get:
28 Egg-Free Recipes
16 AutoImmune Paleo-Friendly Recipes
41 Lower Carb Options
44 Nut-Free Recipes
Some of the recipes included are:
- Pumpkin Zucchini Bread Muffins
- Pumpkin "Oatmeal"
- Mocha Coffee Cake Muffins
- 10 Minute Cocoa Muffins
- Mint Chocolate Shake
- Chocolate "Peanut Butter" Smoothie
- Creamsicle Smoothie
- Sweet Potato Oven Pancake
- Fluffy Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce
- Blueberry Coffee Cake (this is GREAT! A friend made this for us once and my sons literally ate almost the whole thing between the 2 of them. Again, I helped.)
- Cinnamon Granola
and you get full color photos on every page (I don't know about you, but I love having photos of recipes.)
I've had a few of these recipes and they are great -- and I'm sincerely looking forward to trying all of them. My oldest is deathly allergic to eggs, so I'll be a little limited, but the egg free recipes are just perfect.
Please note, if you purchase this book, that the stevia amount noted in the recipe does make the cookies turn out super sweet. We altered it to what I indicated above. When my son made these the first time, he used 1 teaspoon and they were, let's just say, not very good. I doubled or tripled the remaining ingredients to try to make up for the added sweetness (I just can't bear to throw away good food!)
Hope this recipe helps you have healthy snacks available for you and yours.
What's your favorite Healthy Breakfast?