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Healthy Chocolate Air Fryer Breakfast Cookies (w/ oven instructions)

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These Chocolate Air Fryer Breakfast Cookies are a perfect grab-and-go breakfast option! Made with oats, chia seed, bananas, cocoa powder, plus a few more ingredients, they are chock full of nutrition, and everyone will love the chocolate flavor!

Don’t have an air fryer? Don’t worry; these cookies can also be baked in the oven! (Look under the Faqs for baking directions.)

air fryer breakfast cookies

I absolutely love the concept of breakfast cookies! Such a great idea to combine oats, chocolate, chia seeds, and ripe bananas in a good-for-you cookie that you can eat on the go.

I have to admit I don’t just eat them for breakfast though. I have been known to snack on these air fryer breakfast cookies during the day. They taste so good and are so easy to make. The handy air fryer bakes these up in no time at all.

Though technically created to help you get all the goodness your body needs first thing in the morning these chocolate breakfast cookies are great any time of day. (They make a perfect pre-workout snack!) The cookies are easy to customize so feel free to add nuts, seeds, or even raisins.

I like to have a batch or two of these healthy breakfast cookies sitting on the counter before the school day starts so I know the kids can quickly grab something nutritious to eat as they are headed out the door.

air fryer breakfast cookies

Why You Should Make These Breakfast Cookies

  • A great on-the-go wholesome breakfast or snack – These cookies are the perfect way to start your day and great for the kids to grab on their way out the door in the morning. Or they work well in a lunch box for dessert or a mid-day snack.
  • Super easy to make – The recipe calls for basic pantry staples so you can whip them up without having to make a special trip to the grocery store. And if you are missing an item, you can easily find a substitute.
  • Quick – Less than 5 minutes to prep and they bake quickly in either the air fryer or oven.
  • Easily modifiable – Add nuts, and seeds, omit the chia, whatever you want to make them your own.
  • No white sugar, dairy, or flour required – I simply adore recipes where you can use maple syrup as a sweetener instead of white sugar. I really like the taste it adds.
  • Vegan and gluten-free -With so many of us following special diets this recipe is good for vegans and those on gluten-free diets. Just take a look at the ingredient list of all the items to make sure there are no animal ingredients or gluten-containing ingredients. Oats are technically gluten-free, but some are processed in facilities that process wheat so be careful.

(Ingredients at a glance, you will find the full recipe with ingredient amounts in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.)

air fryer breakfast cookies ingredients
  • Ripe banana | One small or medium ripe banana adds a nice touch of sweetness. I like to let bananas sit on the counter until they ripen and have a few black spots. Tip: if you find your bananas are becoming over-ripe, you can peel them and place them in the freezer. You can thaw them on the counter for a few hours and then they are perfect for baking!
  • Oats | Both Quick and old-fashioned oats will work well in this recipe. Don’t use steel-cut oats.
  • Cocoa powder | Unsweetened cocoa powder adds a nice chocolatey flavor to these cookies. It makes these air fryer cookies taste like a real treat.
  • Maple syrup | Choose pure maple syrup for these cookies and not ‘table syrup.’
  • Baking powder | Baking powder helps these cookies rise ever so slightly.
  • Salt | A pinch of salt enhances the flavor.
  • Chia seeds | Chia seeds add some healthy nutrients like fiber and Omega 3 fats.
  • Freshly brewed coffee | *Optional, but it intensifies the sweet chocolatey flavor of the cocoa powder.
  • Mini chocolate chips | *Optional, Chocolate chips are optional but who doesn’t love a little more chocolate flavor.

How to make Air Fryer Breakfast Cookies

1In a medium bowl, mash the banana.

2 Stir in the oats, cocoa powder, chia seeds, optional coffee, maple syrup, baking powder, and salt until well combined. Fold in the chocolate chips if using.

how to make air fryer breakfast cookies

3 Place a piece of parchment paper (cut to fit into the bottom of your air fryer) onto the bottom of the air fryer.

4 Divide cookie dough into five equal-sized balls (about two tablespoons of cookie dough) on the parchment paper. Press down slightly with a fork or the bottom of a glass.

how to make breakfast cooies in the air fryer

5 Bake the cookies at 335°F for 8 to 9 minutes. (No need to preheat the air fryer first.) When done baking, allow cookies cool for a few minutes before carefully removing them from the air fryer basket. Enjoy warm or at room temperature!

Recipe Tips

  • It is important to line the bottom of the air fryer basket with a sheet of parchment paper cut to size, and place the cookie dough scoops on top.
  • Be sure to space the cookies out on the paper so they cook evenly and the paper doesn’t fly up during baking.
  • I am sure you are aware, various air fryers cook slightly differently, so your cook time might be slightly different. Check your cookies at about the 7-minute mark.
  • Change up your mix-ins: Add your favorite chopped nuts like walnuts or pecans. Add dried fruits such as dehydrated strawberries, raisins, or dried cranberries.
  • Leave out the cocoa powder and add a dash of cinnamon. (And maybe white chocolate chips and cranberries… Yum!)
  • Amp up the protein by adding a half scoop of protein powder.
  • Add a tablespoon or two of peanut butter.

Storage:

Store your air fryer breakfast cookies in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 2 days, or in the fridge for up to 4 days.

You can also store the unbaked “batter”, in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge. (So you can make one large cookie for breakfast today and bake the second, tomorrow.)

chocolate breakfast cookies

FAQ’s

Can this air fryer cookie recipe be baked in the oven?

Yes, follow the same preparation steps, but bake in a preheated oven at 325 F for ten minutes. Let cookies cool before removing them from parchment paper.

How many cookies does one batch make?

This recipe makes five medium-sized (about two tablespoons of cookie dough each) cookies. Or you could make two large cookies. (depending on the size of your air fryer, you will need to bake them separately.)

Can I Add Protein Powder to these cookies?

Yes, you can add up to a 1/2 scoop of your favorite chocolate protein powder.

What Type Of Oats Can I Use?

This recipe works with either quick-cook oats or old-fashioned oats. Do not use steel-cut oats.

Can I Make A Double Batch Of These Air Fryer Cookies?

Yes, you absolutely can make a double batch of these air fryer cookies. I know in our house, we go through them quite quickly, so making a double batch helps us to have more cookies on hand.

Can I freeze these cookies?

Yes, allow the cookies to cool and wrap them with plastic wrap, and place them in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months!

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air fryer breakfast cookies

Air Fryer Breakfast Cookies

  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 9
  • Total Time: 14 minutes
  • Yield: 5 medium or 2 large cookies 1x
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: air

Description

These Chocolate Air Fryer Breakfast Cookies are a perfect grab-and-go breakfast option! Made with oats, chia seed, bananas, cocoa powder, plus a few more ingredients, they are chock full of nutrition, and everyone will love the chocolate flavor!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 small to medium ripe banana
  • ½ cup oats (quick or rolled)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoon fresh brewed coffee (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, mash the banana.
  2. Stir in the oats, cocoa powder, chia seeds, optional coffee, maple syrup, baking powder, and salt until well combined. Fold in the chocolate chips if using.
  3. Divide cookie dough into five equal-sized balls (about two tablespoons of cookie dough) on a square of parchment paper cut to fit the inside of the air fryer. Press down slightly with a fork.
  4. Place the parchment with the cookie dough into the air fryer basket or tray and bake at 335°F for 8 to 9 minutes. (No need to preheat the air fryer first.) When done baking, carefully remove the cookies from the air fryer basket. Enjoy warm or room temperature!

Notes

Nutrition calculated with the optional mini chocolate chips and making 5 cookies.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 118
  • Fat: 4
  • Carbohydrates: 19
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 3

Keywords: air fryer breakfast cookies, chocolate breakfast cookies, healthy breakfast cookies

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4 Comments

  1. Sara Brown says:

    BEWARE, HI, rolled oats or ANY OATS has GLUTEN,

  2. I do not care for bananas. What do you suggest as a substitute…homemade unsweetened applesauce perhaps?

    1. I have not tested anything else in this recipe. The bananas provide sweetness and help the cookies stick together. I would think you would need peanut butter or some other sort of nut butter to keep them from falling apart. (maybe 1/8 cup or so.) And add a bit more maple syrup for sweetness.