Banana Bread Breakfast Cookies – Gluten Free

by Sharon on September 2, 2018

Cookies for breakfast? If they are these easy and healthy Banana Bread Breakfast Cookies then the answer is yes! A delicious gluten free option for kids (of all ages).

Banana Bread Breakfast Cookies on a baking sheet with a jar of dates in the backgroud

I was going to call these Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Date Sweetened, Almond & Banana Bread Breakfast Cookies but I thought it a bit much.

Was I right? 🙂

Regardless of the length of the title, this is exactly how to describe these cookies.

I’m calling them cookies for lack of a better term. They are round and cookie shaped yet they are cake-y, like banana bread. Don’t expect crispiness, they are definitely on the softer side.

I’ve dubbed them breakfast cookies because even though you can enjoy them at any time, these are a great grab and go option as a quick breakfast on the fly. Enjoy a couple of these babies with your morning coffee or tea and you’re good to go.

There’s no sugar spike or crash.

It’s nice slow releasing energy. They contain no added sugars. The natural sweetness of the bananas and the dates are all you need.


Speaking of the dates, I received a coupon from Troy, a rep from Natural Delights, a medjool date brand.

So nice of him to send it to me as dates are always on my grocery list for things like homemade larabars or carrot muffins. I don’t think I need a disclaimer that even though these dates were compliments of Natural Delights, my high opinion of using sweeteners from nature is completely unbiased.

I love cooking with dates!

Dates in a container


For these babies I hauled out the old food processor.

If you have a Vitamix or Blendtec you could probably use that instead. I can’t wait for the day I have my own high powered blender and don’t have to lug out my massive unit with the cracked lid and the million parts to clean. And it’s so freaking loud! Is a Vitamix quiet? No, don’t tell me. I’ll just be jealous 😉

You could probably even do this by hand but I find chopping dates a tad tedious as they are soooo sticky. One of my pet peeves is sticky fingers.

The batter for the cookies should be fairly smooth.

cookie batter in a food processor

I used a small ice cream scoop to transfer the batter to a parchment lined baking sheet. They don’t spread out too much so an inch between each is good.

This recipe is a good base and I imagine a bunch of different things mixed in would taste fabulous. If you were so inclined I bet stirring in some walnuts or maybe even a handful of dark chocolate chips would taste awesome.

Three cheers for cookies for breakfast! Super healthy goodness 🙂

Yields 16

Banana Bread Breakfast Cookies – Gluten Free

15 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • 3 medjool dates
  • 2 bananas, preferably brown
  • ½ cup chunky almond butter
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup ground almonds
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup toasted coconut
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375 and line a 2 baking sheets with parchment
  2. Chop your dates up fine in a food processor
  3. Add egg, almond butter, ripe bananas and vanilla. Process until smooth
  4. Add ground almonds, cinnamon, toasted coconut and baking soda. Mix again until everything is incorporated
  5. Scoop batter onto prepared sheet in heaping tablespoons. I used a small ice cream scoop. They won’t spread too much. My batter yielded 16 cookies so I evenly portioned 8 scoops on each baking sheet
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes, rotating baking sheets halfway through
  7. Let cool for 10 minutes


Diet :    
lacto vegetarian
ovo vegetarian
Allergy :    
gluten free
dairy free
egg free
soy free
wheat free
peanut free
seafood free
sesame free
mustard free

Originally posted January 22, 2014. Updated with new photos September 2, 2018

Banana Bread Breakfast Cookies Pinterest graphic

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie January 22, 2014 at 10:38 am
Hi Sharon! My mom gave me a container of dates from Trader Joe's the last time she went to the states. Now I know the perfect recipe for them! This is also a great way to sneak breakfast into teenagers! No one would say they don't have time for a cookie as they run out the door for school!
Sharon January 22, 2014 at 10:50 am
I actually thought of you when I made these! Connor likes cookies, right? Joe devoured these and his taste is very similar to a teen boy's ;) Nothing green or suspicious looking ... FYI - I still can't believe you have two teens in the house!!
Danielle @LabelsAreForTinCans January 22, 2014 at 10:33 am
Mmm I love medjool dates!
Sharon January 22, 2014 at 10:36 am
They are so versatile! Nothing beats natural sweetness. :)
Toronto Girl West January 23, 2014 at 2:04 am
This totally looks candida diet friendly, which I love! In fact, I'm going to pin it right now! lol :)
Sharon January 23, 2014 at 10:39 am
We gobbled these up! I hope you love 'em :)
Dearna @tohercore January 23, 2014 at 2:31 am
Banana bread in a cake!? And they're healthy - these sound too good to be true! I may have to haul out my heavy, clunky, loud food processor just to make these (my fingers are crossed for a vitamix too!)
Sharon January 23, 2014 at 10:39 am
I'm so glad I'm not the only one :) One day ...
Kristyn January 24, 2014 at 9:21 am
Mmm.... I'm going to try these!! PS the Vitamix is awesome, but it's NOT quiet! ;)
Sharon January 24, 2014 at 11:00 am
Why does that make me feel so much better? :) Thanks Kristyn!
Avonlea February 6, 2014 at 10:24 pm
Hi there! These look delicious and healthy and perfect for kids and adults. :) In the ingredients, you list baking powder, but in the directions, you mention baking soda. Which one is right? Thanks for looking into this!
Sharon February 6, 2014 at 10:40 pm
Thanks for noticing that! It's baking soda. I'm going to fix that now! I hope you love the cookies. :)
Denise from Urb'n'Spice September 12, 2018 at 12:29 pm
I am going to make these Banana Bread Breakfast Cookies immediately! My grandbabies will love them (so will we!). Thanks so much for sharing, Sharon.
Sharon September 12, 2018 at 6:24 pm
I hope the grand-kids approve! Thanks Denise. :)
Kristen September 14, 2018 at 7:00 am
Sharon I’m so glad I saw this recipe. My bestfriend’s son has a lot of allergies but he can have everything in this recipe and she’s been looking for things that she can have as homemade snacks on the go. Thanks so much for sharing!
Sharon September 14, 2018 at 10:18 am
That's awesome!! These are so good too so your friend can enjoy them along with her son. :) Have a great weekend Kristen!!

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