5-ingredient, 100% flax breakfast cookies are a perfect, portable choice, year-round! Vegan, oil-free and grain-free, they are crispy, chewy, nutty, and made with ease in a muffin tin. A keto option is available, too!
I was enjoying a stint of green breakfast smoothies to celebrate several sunny mornings (spring comes early to East Texas), but it all came to a screeching halt. The arrival of a cold weather front this week had me pulling out various bins of hot cereals—multigrain, buckwheat, quinoa, and my ubiquitous oats– to fill me up and take away the morning chill.
Healthy Cookies for Breakfast
But shall I tell you what I want, what I really really want? Cookies.
I have no problem justifying an occasional oatmeal cookie at breakfast for myself, but I decided to come up with one that I felt equally at ease serving to my 7-year-old at the start of the day.
I used flaxseed meal as my inspiration because…after cleaned out the refrigerator, I discovered I had three bags-full! Just like bah bah blacksheep, except these have imminent expiration dates. It was time to throw caution to the wind caution to the wind and figure out an all-flax, nut butter cookie.
They are so good!
You need to make—and eat—a batch asap.
How to Make 100% Flaxseed Breakfast Cookies
These cookies are a 1-bowl, super-cinch to make. In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients: flaxseed meal, nut butter (I used almond), nondairy milk, maple syrup, and raisins.
Next, divide the batter between 12 greased or sprayed muffin cups and bake in a 325F oven for 19 to 22 minutes, until golden brown. This is the result:
The Health Benefits of Flax
Do not hesitate to savor these cookies, often! You have likely heard all about the health benefits of flax, but there’s nothing wrong with a brief recap: they are high Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats, vitamins E and B, and essential minerals such as iron, potassium, zinc and selenium. It also happens to rival SNL’s colon blow cereal in the fiber department.
But what about the benefit to the cookies? It’s an equally interesting, as well as delicious, area of inquiry.
What makes flaxseed meal a welcome variation from flour in these cookies has to do with fat: although the meal has a powdery, flour-like appearance, it is rich in plant oils, all of which translates to a cookie that’s crispy at the edges, but gooey-chewy in the middle. Yes, please!
How to Make Keto 100% Flax Breakfast Cookies
If you are following a ketogenic diet plan, you can easily adapt these cookies for your needs. Simply swap out the maple syrup for an equal amount of keto-friendly liquid sweetener. Additionally, either omit the raisins or swap them our for an equal amount of nuts, seeds, or sugar-free chocolate chips.
Can I Make these Cookies without Nut Butter or Seed Butter?
Yes! In place of the nut butter or seed butter, use an equal amount of coconut butter. You can make it in minutes, with little money, with unsweetened coconut flakes/shredded coconut. Here is the link to my recipe: DIY Coconut Butter.
Coconut butter is not the same thing as coconut oil.
Do I Have to Add Raisins to the Recipe
I get it, not everyone likes raisins as much as I do. So the good news is that you do not have to follow a keto diet to leave out the raisins :). Omit them, or sub in some other dried fruit (that you do like), chopped nuts or seeds, or chocolate chips.
More Easy & Delicious Vegan Flax Baked Goods:
- Almond Flour Flax Biscuits
- 2-Ingredient Flax Sandwich Bread
- Oat Flax Skillet Bread
- Banana Flax Almond Mini Muffins (4 ingredients)
- 100% Flax Chocolate Cookies
- 4-Ingredient Vegan Flax Muffins
- 2-Ingredient Quinoa Flax Bread
- 2-Ingredient Lentil Flax Bread
- White Bean Flax Biscuits
Wednesday 15th of February 2023
Wow! I followed the recipe exactly EXCEPT I subbed out the raisins with 1/3 cup Trader Joe's 100% cacao unsweetened chips and 1/3 cup chopped walnuts. ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! I will have them for a midmorning or afternoon snack and feel good about all the omega fats I am getting! Thank you very much for a great recipe.
Friday 17th of February 2023
Yippee!!! Wowza, that combination of add-ins sounds so good, Betsy! So glad you like the recipe :)
Sunday 22nd of January 2023
Mine never firmed up enough to remove them from the pan. I baked them longer, burned them, and still 10 min of cooling, and still mush. I checked and rechecked ingredients and I had ir right. But they never firmed up.
Wednesday 25th of January 2023
Oh boy, that is definitely odd. The batter for these breakfast cookies is very thick, and flaxseed meal makes it firm. I am not sure why (or how) they would not firm up after baking for 20ish minutes. Did the batter look like my photo? Also, I want to check: these are not hard cookies, they are more like oatmeal cookies: softer at the center, crisp at the edges. When you say they did not firm up, do you mean they were not hard?
Saturday 10th of December 2022
These were great! I found them because of the exact reason you mentioned....cold weather and smoothies don't go together, but what am I going to do with all the flax, chia, and hemp hearts? I did prefer these room temp for some reason. Subbed chocolate chips for fruit and used peanut butter. Thanks for the great recipe!
Monday 12th of December 2022
You are very welcome, Elizabeth!!!
Thursday 3rd of November 2022
I made a savory keto version. I added 100 grams mix of hard salami and parmesan cheese (chopped into small pieces) instead of the raisins, of course left out the syrup, cinnamon and vanilla. It was delicious, thanks for the recipe!!!
Monday 28th of November 2022
How clever, Annette! I love a savory breakfast bake, that sounds wonderful!
Monday 24th of October 2022
I used sugar free pancake syrup, instead of maple syrup, added 2 teaspoons cocoa powder and 2/3 cups white chocolate chips. Use less than 2/3 chips if concerned with carb count. These were Awesome!!
Wednesday 26th of October 2022
That sounds amazing, Rhonda! Thanks so much for sharing your combo, how yummy!