These almond cherry coconut breakfast cookies are the perfect healthy start to your day!
healthy breakfast cookies with almonds

Most of the time I bake, I have a clear idea what the outcome is going to (or at least should) be.

That wasn’t the case at all yesterday. I knew I wanted some sort of “cookie” and I knew I wanted it to be suitable for breakfast. That was about it.

So I started throwing random things into a bowl, at one point looked down and thought about just keeping it as granola since that’s basically what it was looking like but then changed my mind and adding some wet ingredients to shape them like biscuits before baking.

breakfast cookies with almonds, cherries and coconut

The result is a biscuit shaped cookie meets granola bar meets marzipan. Yes, marzipan. Slightly undercooked almond flour apparently mimics the sweet dessert that I shoved in my face almost daily when I spent a semester in Spain.

Not a bad trip down memory lane. A few tinto de veranos and I would’ve practically been back in Málaga scheming ways to sneak food from the kitchen of my stingy host family.

healthy breakfast cookies

They’re unintentionally vegan, there’s no added sugar and they’re pretty high in fiber.

You can eat them as is, crumble over some yogurt, slather with almond butter or break them up with milk as a cereal.

As always seems to be the case with delicious baked goods, I made these 36 hours before leaving for 4 days on a work trip.

Almond Cherry Coconut Breakfast Cookies

I’m thinking a few will be accompanying me to Phoenix for the week. There’s only so many Starbucks’ oatmeal breakfasts one can eat.

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Almond Cherry Coconut Breakfast Cookies

Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
healthy breakfast cookies with almonds
These almond cherry coconut breakfast cookies are the perfect healthy start to your day!


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat.
  • Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl, combine wet ingredients and stir together well.
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix together well.
  • Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of dough onto baking sheet and shape into a biscuit shape.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until tops and edges turn golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and let cool on the pan.


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 147kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 4gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.001gSodium: 100mgPotassium: 123mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 127IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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  1. Thanks for the recipe – it was just what I was looking for. I made two little changes (because I didn’t have the ingredients): canned pumpkin instead of banana and ground flaxseed instead of wheat germ, and they’re still great!!

  2. These look fabulous and I have almost all of the ingredients. I am doing an art show this weekend and it makes for LLLLOOONGGGG days on my feet with very early morning start and very late night getting home. I am totally making these on Friday so my husband and I have something healthy for breakfast and snacks. Thank you so much!!!

    1. Ugh, I hear ya on the feet thing. I know better than to wear heels to these things but then my pants end up dragging on the floor and I look like a snob so I suck it up, put the heels on and start complaining about my feet by 11am. There’s just no way to stay comfortable at these things!

  3. Made those today. Absolutely delicious. Cherries and almond are such a great combination. Also a good combination? Great cookies and movies based on great books. So a couple of these babies are coming with me and my husband tomorrow night to watch The Hunger Games. Though they most likely won’t make it to the actual games part.

    Since discovering your blog couple months ago, I’ve been steadily reading through all the posts and cooking, and reading more, and cooking more. Thank you, Gina, for the great food and conversation.

    1. Oooh, enjoy the movie! we have plans to see it later this weekend too :) Glad you liked the cookies!

  4. This is an appendix to my last comment – I would like to invite myself over for a full weekend so I would get dinner AND these delicious breakfast cookies.

  5. i’ve never cooked with almond flour, but I’ve ground almonds in cookies and it does seem to add something real nice to the flavor. these look delicious!