Breakfast or Dessert? You decide.

Hi! I’m so glad you found your way over here from Pinterest to try this healthy breakfast oatmeal cookie! This is my most-Pinned recipe and I really hope you love it too! Since you are likely new here, let me introduce myself. I’m Teri Hutcheon, the blogger behind A Foodie Stays Fit. I love creating healthy, simple recipes that taste amazing and sharing them with friends, family, and YOU, my blog reader! I work full-time as a social media strategist and love having this blog to share my favorite recipes and workouts with others.

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When I’m not working, I’m typically walking my dog, running, doing Crossfit, working on my golf game, hanging out with my supercute boyfriend, or spending time with the amazing group of friends I have in Winston-Salem, NC, where I currently live. (I grew up in Utah, but have been in North Carolina for 8 years and I LOVE it here.) So, that’s me! I hope you’ll stick around, leave a comment so I can get to know you, and explore some more.
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Now, onto the recipe you came for! Enjoy!


Guess what. I’m still eating Ashley’s breakfast cookies on a daily basis. And I made a version this morning that I might like even more than the protein-packed pumpkin pie cookie I concocted last week.


Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookie

  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/3 c old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 t baking powder
  • 1 T chocolate chips (semi-sweet is my choice)
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 T creamy peanut butter


  1. In a microwavable cereal bowl, mash the banana with a fork and mix in the egg. Mix well.
  2. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Add the oats, baking powder and dash of cinnamon. Stir until fully incorporated.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Microwave for 1 minute, 45 seconds.
  6. Spread the peanut butter on top and enjoy while warm.
  7. Ponder whether this is more appropriate for breakfast or for dessert. I’m unsure.

But since there is no added sugar (chocolate chips don’t count – obviously), I think it passes as a healthy breakfast and an extra healthy dessert. Win win.cookie-2

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91 comments // by Teri [a foodie stays fit]

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1 Jess @atasteofconfidence February 3, 2011 at



2 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles February 3, 2011 at

Semisweet all the way!


3 Jacquie February 3, 2011 at

Since I was about to say the exact same thing… I second Courtney!


4 Ashley February 3, 2011 at

Yeaaaah…I think I threw that gift card out. Talk about dumb! Your cookie looks DELICIOUS!!!!! I haven’t eaten dinner yet…and that might be it!


5 Pure2raw twins February 3, 2011 at

Semisweet, I am not a fan of milk chocolate, as been a dark chocolate lover 😉

Love pastry cutters! We use them to make scones!!


6 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 3, 2011 at

I’m a semi-sweet kind of girl. I’m a dark chocolate lover for sure.

I go to stores and forget to use the giftcards all. the. time. It’s ridiculous.


7 Allison @ Running A Latte February 3, 2011 at

Semi-sweet all the way! Not a fan of milk chocolate! I have a pastry cutter, but have only used it once. Now I am motivated to try that recipe!


8 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn February 3, 2011 at

Dark chocolate alll the way, girl! Or Baker’s chocolate;)

This looks so yummy! I think it is going to become my midnight snack tonight!


9 Lauren February 3, 2011 at

Yum! I’m gonna try this with a flax egg. Definitely semi-sweet or dark chips! Chocolate chip cookies (d


10 Nicole February 3, 2011 at

definitly breakfast!! but a healthly dessert if you so desire 🙂 and I have to say im a milk chocolate girl but I can always suffer through some semi-sweet 😉


11 Lauren @ Hungry Dancer February 3, 2011 at

I’m a semi sweet girl!! I also like white chocolate chips!!


12 Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) February 3, 2011 at

I’m more of a milk chocolate and white chocolate lover but I’ll always go for the dark. The health benefits win me over 😉


13 Charliegirl February 3, 2011 at

Mmmm I’ve been eating them too! I’ll have to try your version…totally breakfast-appropriate…you use the whole nanner?


14 Teri February 6, 2011 at

yep, for this version I used the whole banana.


15 Lisa February 3, 2011 at

I love the semisweet or dark chocolate in cookies!

I dunno if I could be trusted with cookies for breakfast….


16 Rachel February 3, 2011 at

that breakfast cookie looks delish! and sounds much easier to make than i would’ve guessed. i LOVE “the perks of being a wallflower”, it’s HANDS DOWN my favorite book, ever. i discovered it in high school and would literally carry it around with me and just open it to a random page and start reading…in some odd way it was extremely comforting. hope you enjoy it!


17 Teri February 6, 2011 at

You’re right – I bet I could just pick up “perks of being a wallflower”, turn to any page and enjoy it! I never thought of that.


18 Ally February 4, 2011 at

hide your kids, hide your wife, hide you husbands…lol. I really need to get on making this breakfast cookie.


19 Teri February 6, 2011 at

have you seen/heard the song remix of this? it’s so funny. “hide yo wife, hide yo kids, hide yo wife, hide yo kids”


20 Ally February 7, 2011 at

I have. SOOO Funny


21 Alaina @ The Jogging Concierge February 4, 2011 at

Definitely semi sweet. I did make cookies with white chocolate once and they were good, but definitely too sweet for me. 🙂


22 Becky February 4, 2011 at

semi-sweet all the way!


23 Chase February 4, 2011 at

I don’t keep semi-sweet chocolate chips on hand these days because they never make it into any baked goods. I just end up eating handfuls of them out of the freezer. 😛


24 Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) February 4, 2011 at



25 megan @ blackberries for jam February 4, 2011 at

I just stumbled across your blog and I love it! I’ve been eyeing up that cookie on Ashley’s blog and it’s about time I finally try it. And I’m a carob chip kind of girl, actually!


26 Teri February 6, 2011 at

oh thank you! I’m so glad you are enjoying it!

I haven’t had carob chips in years. I should give them another try.


27 Liz February 4, 2011 at

I’m a dark chocolate girl myself. And that book is amazing! On my top 5 list of books for sure.


28 Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle February 4, 2011 at

Butterscotch chips!

Between milk and semisweet though, I would probably go semisweet…the milk is really sweet in a cookie, I agree.


29 Teri February 6, 2011 at

ugh, I hate butterscotch chips! My husband loves them so we often have them in our cupboard but I never touch them.


30 megan @ the oatmeal diaries February 4, 2011 at

I already ate breakfast so I want to make this for either a snack or dessert today!! YUM


31 Heather February 4, 2011 at

That looks like an amazing breakfast – I may make it tomorrow morning!

Thanks for posting!


32 KaraHadley February 4, 2011 at

I, too, favor the semi-sweet. But lately, carob is winning my affections.
Also, I LOVED Perks of Being a Wallflower until the end. I won’t give it away, but it made it seem like Charlie’s personality was formed from something else, rather than him just being a quirky kid. That bugged me so much.


33 Lainey_Elizabeth February 4, 2011 at

I like dark choclate chips the most…and I just got a huge choclate craving…


34 AllieNic @ Frisky Lemon February 4, 2011 at

My favorite chocolate chips are the Ghirardelli 60% cocoa baking chips…they’re bigger than Nestle semi-sweet and just a little less sweet!

That breakfast cookie looks so good! I’ll use any excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast…


35 Teri February 6, 2011 at

yes, Ghiradelli chips are the best! I love their bigger size too!


36 Holly February 4, 2011 at

ahhh i still have that gift certificate! you know i may just be buying one of those cutters…

SO glad you liked the scones! happy weekend love 🙂


37 Sarah R February 4, 2011 at

Oh yum! I’m a semi-sweet girl all the way. Milk are just too sweet!


38 Holly Hardy February 4, 2011 at

These look seriously delicious. Will you make them for me? I’m too lazy. Baking is hard for me. Bret is better at it than me. How sad is that?


39 Teri February 6, 2011 at

yes, absolutely i will make one for you. when i can expect you? 😉


40 Katie February 4, 2011 at

I’m a semi-sweet kind of girl. 😉

Also, I made your version of the oatmeal cookie/cake but with applesauce instead of pumpkin (the store didn’t have any pumpkin!), and it was fantastic! Thanks for the awesome recipe.


41 Teri February 6, 2011 at

glad you liked it! and good idea on the applesauce – i should try that!


42 Jess (Sweet Potato) February 4, 2011 at

I like semi-sweet as well… and I prefer mini chocolate chips than the big guys. Dont really know why though…


43 Katie February 4, 2011 at

HOMyGod I have to make this for breakfast tomorrow!


44 Annette February 4, 2011 at

Milk! or butterscotch 😉


45 Lindsey @ Cardio Pizza February 4, 2011 at

I love all chocolate, I can’t discriminate 🙂 That cookie recipe looks great!


46 Mel (Mmm Stories) February 4, 2011 at

Ah yes! I am going to make this now (with semi sweet)…for dinner…that’s acceptable right?!

I don’t think Bed intruder will never get old either!


47 Teri February 6, 2011 at

totally acceptable for dinner. i’ve eaten it for lunch multiple times 🙂


48 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) February 4, 2011 at

A pastry cutter is definitely a kitchen essential!

I need to try making one of those breakfast cookies!!


49 Gabriela @ Fro-Yo Lover February 4, 2011 at

Loved this recipe!
It looks so easy, delicious and… dessert-like!


50 Clare @ Fitting It All In February 4, 2011 at

Love Ashley’s scrambles…can’t wait to try her new “bakes”! The way she describes them as firm but gooey is too much to resist.
As for choco chips, I’m totally a semi sweet girl! In cookies AND straight outta the bag


51 jade February 5, 2011 at

i tried making this with instant oats and it turned out kind of soft, but still delicious. i’ll pick up rolled oats next time i’m at the grocery store.

“perks” is one of the books that got me through high school. i love listening to the music they listen to throughout the book. i should reread it.


52 Teri February 6, 2011 at

good idea to listen to the music! I should look the songs up!


53 Teri February 6, 2011 at

oh, and it is kind of soft, even with old fashion oats. It’s not mushy, but it’s not firm like a regular cookie.


54 Janey February 5, 2011 at

Those seriously look so delicious. I will have to make them!!


55 One Healthy Apple February 5, 2011 at

I would say it’s breakfast- since there is no added sugar you can call it all healthy;)

I have to say semi-sweet at most. I don’t like sweet chocolate very much since it dilutes the chocolatey goodness.


56 Teri February 6, 2011 at

i feel the same way about milk chocolate! it’s not real chocolate!


57 sarah k @ the pajama chef February 5, 2011 at

semi-sweet all the way. and a pastry cutter is the best!! 🙂


58 Nicole February 5, 2011 at

Made this today for breakfast and it was delish with some PB and Maple surup on top!


59 Teri February 6, 2011 at

oh yay! so glad you liked it!


60 BroccoliHut February 5, 2011 at

I really love dark chocolate chunks in cookies–they’re harder to find (and often more expensive) but SO worth it!


61 megan @ muncher cruncher February 5, 2011 at

Ok…..that looks SO DANG GOOD. I am making that for breakfast tomorrow. The end.


62 Teri February 6, 2011 at

hehehe. I hope you liked it 🙂


63 alyssa - fashion fitness foodie February 5, 2011 at

yummm… chocolate chips, pb, oatmeal and a banana is probably one of my favorite combos. i love dessert breakfasts! it makes me want to get out of bed 🙂


64 Teri February 6, 2011 at

i totally agree – a dessert breakfast makes me look forward to mornings!


65 Joyce @ Flowing To Fifty February 6, 2011 at

Wow! What great way to start the day – definitely dessert for breakfst! I’m partial to peanut butter chips mixed with semi-sweet. Milk chocolate would be a mistake!!


66 Teri February 6, 2011 at

oooh, peanut butter chips would be soooo good in this! I love those things!


67 Joyce @ Flowing To Fifty February 6, 2011 at

Addictive, for sure.


68 Tanya @ Vegan Faith February 6, 2011 at

I loved reading the Perks of Being a Wallpaper. It’s been so long since I read it I don’t remember too much. Might be time for a re-read!


69 Amy at TheSceneFromMe February 6, 2011 at

Milk chocolate chips in my cookies please!
I just printed off this recipe and can’t wait to make them. I will eat them for breakfast too, no doubt there!


70 Andy King February 8, 2011 at

I would like to have it as Desert.
Semisweet dark chocolate will be the best.


71 Erica February 11, 2011 at

This is awesome! I went out and bought chocolate chips just for this (the chopped up Hershey’s kisses weren’t working for me). I eat it for breakfast on days when I’m short on time.


72 Rhea May 12, 2011 at

I recently discovered your blog and the peanut butter chocolate breakfast cookie. I’ve been eating it every morning for the past couple of days and it was AMAZING! I can’t wait to try more of your recipes out. Thanks!


73 Melissa May 7, 2012 at

How many calories in this?


74 Sarah @ RunningChickago May 17, 2012 at

So I just came across this recipe tonight and knew I had to make it… I decided to make it tonight, so that it would be ready for me tomorrow…but it looked so good, I couldn’t resist eating it! Definitely will be making another one…tomorrow. I don’t trust myself making another tonight! Thanks for sharing this recipe 🙂


75 rebecca June 20, 2014 at

Can you make this cookie without banana?


76 candice foster July 30, 2014 at

Does any one know the calories?


77 Livy January 22, 2015 at

I only used a teaspoon of peanut butter, but I according to my fitness pal (great app) it has 332 calories.


78 Casey June 11, 2015 at

Love this recipe! I was wondering though if I wanted to add protein powder how it would affect the recipe. What do you think?


79 Teri [a foodie stays fit] June 12, 2015 at

I have a similar recipe that uses protein powder! Here’s the link!


80 Amy January 25, 2016 at

LOVE this recipe! Is there any way to make several in advance and freeze? I’m looking for ways to incorporate this into my morning routine. 🙂 Thanks!


81 Teri [a foodie stays fit] January 25, 2016 at

Hi Amy!

i haven’t tried making this one in advance and freezing. But, it is pretty similar to an Apple Oatmeal Bake that I make and I’ve had great success with cutting that into squares, freezing and reheating in the microwave.

I say give it a try with this recipe! I bet it’ll work since that oatmeal bake did. Let me know how it turns out!


82 Juliana February 29, 2016 at

Can i use unsweetened herseys cocoa powder instead and if so how much


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