Pre-Workout Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

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These Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies are the perfect pre-workout fuel or grab-and-go snack. This family favorite is made with healthy ingredients, are super easy to make and have just the right amount of sweetness.
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3 cookies stacked with one with a bite taken out of it.

Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Cookies for breakfast? If you’re wondering how I came up with these Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies, let me fill you in…

I workout and lift heavy so I need carbs to fuel my workouts. I don’t like big breakfasts before a workout so I got the genius idea to eat a rice cake before the gym. A DRY rice cake. Now I’m not saying this is the worst idea I’ve ever had, but it’s up there. I might as well have eaten sand.

After getting the dry, tastes like absolutely nothing, awful taste out of my mouth, the idea struck me. Easy, grab-and-go healthy cookies. Something filled with wholesome ingredients, enough carbs to keep me going and something that tastes…the exact opposite of that rice cake.

Baked cooking on a piece of parchment paper on a round cooling rack.

I give you….oatmeal breakfast cookies! This make-ahead breakfast/pre-workout snack has a chewy texture, is made with simple ingredients, and is sweet without being overly sweet, making it perfect for busy mornings, curbing a sweet tooth, or fueling a workout. The really great thing? They taste nothing like sand.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Nutritious treat or pre-workout snack.
  • 113 calories per cookie.
  • Dairy-free and easily make gluten-free.

Taste, texture and shape of the cookie

These are chewy cookies and are meant to be small. If you want them bigger, up your baking time but they may become slightly dry if too big. They don’t spread in the oven and there’s no need to press them down. Just drop onto the baking sheet and bake for the perfect dome-shaped cookie.

They’re sweet but not overly sweet meaning they’re great for those early morning workouts!

Ingredients and Substitutes:

These are the main ingredients for oatmeal breakfast cookies. See the recipe card below for the full ingredients list and instructions.

Whole wheat flour, oats, brown sugar, vanilla, chia seeds, egg, honey, coconut oil, applesauce, chocolate chips, cinnamon, baking powder and salt for the cookies.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Butter for coconut oil.
  • All-purpose flour or gluten-free flour for whole wheat flour.
  • Add cranberries, nuts, dried fruit, white or dark chocolate chips.
  • To make gluten-free, use gluten-free flour and make sure your oats are certified GF.
  • These easy oatmeal cookies are dairy-free, as is.

How to make oatmeal breakfast cookies (a visual step-by-step guide):

Step 1: preheat and prep

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2: mix dry ingredients

Oats, flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt added to a mixing bowl.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, whole wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt (image 1).

Dry ingredients whisked together to evenly combine.

Whisk to evenly combine (image 2).

Step 3: mix wet ingredients

Egg, oil, sugar, applesauce and vanilla added to a mixing bowl.

In a separate large bowl, add the honey or maple syrup, brown sugar, applesauce, egg, coconut oil and vanilla extract (image 3).

Wet cookie ingredients whisked to fully combine.

Whisk to fully combine the wet ingredients (image 4).

Step 4: combine wet and dry and fold in mix-ins

Dry ingredients added to the wet to combine.

Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients (image 5).

Cookie dough fully combined and mixed.

Stir with a rubber spatula to fully combine (image 6).

Chia seeds and chocolate chips added to the dough.

Add the chia seeds, and chocolate chips, or any other mix ins if using (image 7).

Chia seeds and chocolate chips folded into the mixture.

Gently fold into the cookie dough (image 8).

Step 5: scoop

Using a 1.5 Tbsp cookie scoop drop scoops onto the prepared baking sheet (image 9).

Cookie scoop with cookies scooped onto a baking pan to bake.

Step 5: bake, remove and cool

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden. I bake for 8 minutes.

Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Baked cookies laid out on parchment paper.

How to store your cookies

Store your leftover cookies in an airtight container on the counter for up to a week. Freeze for up three months. If frozen: remove from the freezer before you head out to the gym so they thaw a bit on the way. If you’re feeling wild, eat frozen! SO good.

If you like these cookies, be sure to check out some of our other easy recipes!

If you make this recipe, please leave a rating and/or comment! Tag me on Instagram @ohsnapmacros, I love hearing from you!

3 cookies stacked with one with a bite taken out of it.

Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Danielle Lima
These Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies are the perfect pre-workout fuel or grab-and-go snack. This family favorite is made with healthy ingredients, are super easy to make and have just the right amount of sweetness.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 17 cookies
Calories 113 kcal

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Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 100g
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour 114g
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup honey or pure maple syrup 74g
  • 2 Tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce 64g
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted, 48g
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips 57g

Optional Add Ins

  • 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, whole wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  • In a separate large bowl, whisk together the honey or maple syrup, brown sugar, applesauce, egg, coconut oil and vanilla extract.
  • Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
  • Fold in the chia seeds, and chocolate chips (or any other mix ins if using).
  • Using a 1.5 Tbsp cookie scoop drop scoops onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden. I bake for 8 minutes.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Notes

  • Nutritional information is an estimate and will vary with substitutions. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 113kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 34mgPotassium: 35mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7g
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15 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These came out so good + are the perfect cookie for before my workouts, but also for adding to my tween’s lunch. Something sweet, fun, but also fueling. And I LOVE all the fiber these have! Totally winning recipe.

  2. How of before working out do you need to eat these to reap the carb benefits??? I lift at 5:30 am, could I potentially eat on the way to the gym? So about 15 mins prior?

  3. 5 stars
    These are awesome!! Easy to make and so yummy. I always workout early in the morning and typically don’t eat anything first. These made such a difference- gave me that extra fuel I needed for my leg day. My husband loves them too – a great breakfast or snack.

    1. So happy they’re helpful. It’s so hard to grab something first thing in the morning. Glad you love them!

  4. 5 stars
    I seriously had to have so much self control to not eat all of these after making them! These are the perfect pre-workout snack before hitting the gym and also a great option for something on the sweet side for dessert too! Easy to make and with basic ingredients I already had in my kitchen. Definitely a 10/10 recipe for us!

  5. 5 stars
    These are great! I subbed butter for coconut oil. My husband is usually averse to “healthier” baking recipes and he loved these.

  6. 5 stars
    I made these this weekend for my husband to have during the week. OMG, OSM! They are so delicious! I like that they’re not overly sweet like a traditional cookie, but still sweet enough that you feel like you have a treat! Hubby was impressed too! Thank you Danielle!

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