(No Bake) Healthy Breakfast Cookies

A quick and easy, no bake breakfast cookies to indulge in a healthy way. These cookies are made with creamy peanut butter, honey, rice crispies, oats, flaxseed, and vanilla drizzled with a thin layer of milk chocolate.

Peanut Butter no bake healthy breakfast cookies

Going from eating the most decadent peanut butter and caramel bars and cookie butter stuffed crunch cups, to healthier options needs a slower let down. I can’t go straight from non stop chocolate eating to all vegetables. Unless it’s a quinoa and sweet potato salad. That’s pretty much as good as dessert in my book.

And so I think having healthier cookies is the perfect way to slowly move towards my New Year’s Resolution (which I am determined to make last at least a week).

Healthy No-Bake Breakfast Cookies

These cookies make the perfect breakfast or power snack throughout the day. They are filled with healthy fats, good-for-you grains, and a drizzle of milk chocolate just for good measure.

The only challenge with these little cookies is stopping at eating just a few. Eating the entire batch is when healthy eating isn’t so healthy anymore. Oops. My bad.

But do you blame me? I mean, just wait until you try these and then try to stop after eating 2 or 3.

Serious self-control people. And self-control that I clearly lack. At least when it comes to these breakfast cookies.

No-Bake Breakfast Cookies that are good for you!

The other great thing about these cookies is how fast they come together. I know how busy life can get and these cookies are not going to add to the time you don’t seem to have.

They are no-bake (YES!), minimal ingredients, and one bowl. Score. Major score.

No-Bake Healthy Breakfast Cookies

These cookies are very adaptable. You can try mixing in some fun ingredients like mini chocolate chips, raisins, craisins, nuts…whatever you love! If you are vegan, you can trade out the honey for agave nectar.

If you don’t have flaxseed, you can trade that out for oat flour. Oat flour is just oats ground down to a flour consistency. Just make sure you measure the oat flour after it has been ground down.

These cookies are sure to help you get back on track and keep your New Year’s resolution of eating (a little) healthier!

5.0 from 4 reviews
(No Bake) Healthy Breakfast Cookies
Serves: 9
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (I haven't tried a natural version with this recipe and can't vouch for it working)
  • 2 tbsp. honey or agave nectar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt, optional
  • 1/2 cup rice krispie cereal
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed or sub oat flour (instructions in post)
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats, not cooked
  • Melted chocolate drizzle: 3 tbsp. milk or dark chocolate chips
  • Add-ins: raisins, chopped up nuts, craisins, mini chocolate chips (about 2 tbsp.)
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the peanut butter, honey, vanilla, and salt. Microwave for 20-30 seconds and stir until combined.
  2. In that same bowl, add in the rice krispie cereal, flaxseed, and oats. Stir together until completely combined.
  3. Add in the optional add-ins if desired.
  4. Form balls with the mixture and then flatten the balls in your hand to create a cookie shape.
  5. If desired, melt 3 tbsp. of milk chocolate chips in the microwave. Put the melted chocolate in a small Ziploc bag and cut a small hole in the tip of the bag. Drizzle the chocolate across the cookies and let the chocolate harden.
  6. Store cookies in an airtight container for 4-5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


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No-bake Double chocolate Breakfast Cookies

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Skinny Blackberry Muffins

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  1. says

    Hehe I’m on board with these breakfast cookies! Everything in moderation and I’m a total sucker for peanut butter and chocolate :) The chocolate drizzle makes them irresistible and love that they are healthy too. Thanks for sharing and have you have a great weekend Chelsea!

  2. says

    I literally looked the first picture and said “I want to eat these!” These look incredible girl!
    I love the combo of oats, pb, rice krispies and honey! Plus they are simple, easy and healthy. All over that.

  3. says

    I love that these are no bake! And the peanut butter doesn’t hurt since that’s one of my favorite things ever : ) And I am all about cookies for breakfast! Hope you’re having a great weekend!!

  4. says

    These look GREAT! I almost missed seeing them because so many people nowadays use a stick of butter in a recipe and label it “healthy!” So glad I went ahead and clicked over – this is a wonderful recipe I can really use : )

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Haha I’ve noticed that too – not sure how they figure it’s healthy! Thanks so much for stopping by Anna!

  5. Kristi Loftin says

    I saw this today and HAD to make them. Boy am I glad I did! They came out perfect! I didn’t do the chocolate drizzle because I’m not a huge fan of chocolate but I think I might do it on a few next time. I also love the idea of adding raisins and pecans to it. Even my one year old loved them!

    The self control thing? Yeah…I’m lacking that too. The entire batch is gone so I guess I will have to make another batch tomorrow! Thanks for the awesome idea!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Thanks so much for commenting Kristi! I’m so glad you tried them and you loved them :) Also, I LOVE the idea of adding raisins and pecans to these cookies. I’m going to try that the next time I make them :) Thanks again for stopping by!

  6. Cynthia says

    I’m always looking for healthy breakfast ideas, but they’re usually so complicated. It’s great to have an easy one. Good luck on your New Year’s Resolution. Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

  7. says

    I just saw these Featured over at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party and had to stop by to check them out! These sound so good. Healthy is good! Wheat-free is even better. These would be great for the children and I to make. Though I do have to ask, would that be raw honey you used, or regular honey?
    I would love for you to stop by and share on my weekly recipe link up, Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen. Here is the link to this week’s linky:

  8. says

    These look amazing! I’m going to make these for breakfast, my boys will go nuts over them. They LOVE peanut butter (and cookies, obviously). I love that they’re no-bake, perfect for summer. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. says

    Cookies for breakfast? Count me in!!

    Thanks for linking up at Tell Me About It Tuesday. We hope you hop over and share with us again this week. (Sorry for the late comment!)

  10. Ashley says

    Had trouble making them into balls with my hands; didn’t stick together well, and stuck to my hands. Where did I go wrong?! Thx :)

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Hey Ashley! Hmm I haven’t had problems making them into balls! Let me see if I can help though! Did you use a natural peanut butter? And did you have the right quantities of honey and peanut butter (what holds these together)? Did you try squishing the dough first (like putting a ball amount of dough in one fist and squeezing the fist closed?)

      • Ashley says

        Thanks! I didn’t use natural PB and I believe the amounts were just right and than I added a bit more honey to see if I could make them stickier. They were still so yummy that I’ll certainly be making them again! Hopefully they’ll form a little better this time.

  11. Erin says

    Hi Chelsea! I am trying out this recipe with a group of kids at an after school program. I was wondering how long it take after you form them for you to eat them? Does it take time to set in the refrigerator?

  12. Rhea says

    Wondering if you know the nutrition info on these? Sounds like something my son would like, but we have to count carbs due to type 1 diabetes. They look delicious!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Hi Rhea!

      Here is the breakdown:

      Nutrition Facts
      Serving Size 1 Recipe total Servings 9
      Calories 220
      Total Fat 10.45 g
      Saturated Fat 3g
      Monosaturated Fat 5.04g
      Polysaturated Fat 2.41g
      Total Carbohydrate 22.5 g
      Fiber 3.7 g
      Sugar 9.5 g
      Protein 6.9 g
      Cholesterol 1.34 mg
      Calcium 36 mg
      Iron 1.42 mg
      Potassium 226 mg
      Sodium 83 mg
      Zinc 1.2 mg
      Thiamin 0.2 mg
      Riboflavin 0.1 mg
      Niacin 2.01 mg
      Folic Acid 9.8 Ug
      Vitamin B6 0.18 mg
      Vitamin C 1.1 mg
      Vitamin B12 0.22 Ug
      Vitamin A 103 IU
      Vitamin E 1.52 mg
      Vitamin D 0.1 Ug
      Vitamin K 0.5 Ug
      Points 5
      Points Plus 5
      *The nutritional values are determined by the total ingredients divided by the number of servings for each recipe. Serving sizes may vary. The formula used here for points was obtained from public sources and is an empirical match to Weight Watchers calculators, but it is not an “official” Weight Watcher’s calculator.

  13. Eliza says

    These are DELICIOUS!! For breakfast, snacks, or anytime!! :) I tried them with crunchy natural peanut butter and they worked well (I used the oat flour, not flaxseed). The only issue is that natural peanut butter usually has salt so I should have omitted that extra pinch.
    Thanks for posting!!!!

  14. Brooke says

    Any substitutes for rice kris pies? I don’t have any and don’t want to buy a whole box! Just extra oatmeal?

    • chelseamessyapron says

      You know, I haven’t actually tried them without rice krispies so I’m not sure if the oats would work. Do you by chance have another type of cereal like corn flakes or cheerios? I think those would all work great if crushed up to about the size of rice krispies. If you do end up trying these with oats instead of rice krispies or another adaptation, I’d love to hear the results! Sorry to not be of any more help!

  15. Robyn says

    These are fantastic!! I can’t wait to try your other recipes.
    I’ve made these a few times with some minor changes.
    i found a Kraft Peanut Butter in two different flavours, Cinnamon Granola Raisin and Banana Granola Peanut. I’ve substituted each of these separately instead of the plain peanut butter for a slightly different flavour. Each are great, although not as healthy as using the natural peanut butter.
    I’ll continue to make these as my hubby who claims he likes ‘the gluten in his cookies’ devours these!!
    Thanks so much :)

  16. Theresa says

    These are wonderful! Thank you for the recipe! My kiddo is crazy-allergic to peanut butter so I substituted almond butter and they are FANTASTIC! Thank you!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      I’ve wanted to try these with almond butter – what a great idea! Glad you loved them and can’t wait to try that out next time :)

  17. Leslie K. says

    Hi! I did a google search for healthy breakfast cookies and I came across this recipe. I just made them and they are fantastic!!! I look forward to having one of these tomorrow morning with a hot cup of coffee. Thank you!!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Hey Leslie! SO glad you were able to find these and enjoyed them! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment and review :)

  18. Dinah says

    5 stars. These are just plain delicious. I’ve switched out the rice crispies for corn flakes, because that was all I had. I also made them oat free by adding more ground flaxseed and extra corn flakes (leaving out the oats). Still delicious. I think I’ve made 4 batches since discovering the recipe last week. So good!

  19. Teresa says

    I know this comment is late, but do you make them with regular flaxseed, or ground flaxseed? I made them with regular flaxseed and they turned out really good, but wondered of ground made a difference.

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