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Zucchini Oat Breakfast Cookies {vegan, gluten-free}

Healthy zucchini oat breakfast cookies! Baked in a muffin tin, they are vegan, gluten-free, and only 62 calories per big cookie.

Turn Your Zucchini Into Healthy Breakfast Cookies

Zucchini are already appearing at the farmers’ market–hurrah! They are so versatile and tasty in salads and on the grill all summer long. My nostalgic favorite is zucchini bread.

My super-gardener mother has been growing zucchini galore each and every summer for the past 45+ years; by the end of the season, she is inevitably over loaded with mammoth squash that seem better suited as Neanderthal clubs than food.

But, throughout my childhood, it was these giants  that Mom would transform into whole wheat, vanilla and cinnamon-scented loaves of zucchini bread. My brother and sister and I gobbled up slices for breakfast, snacks, dessert, and before and after swim team practice.

These easy breakfast cookies–made with chickpea flour and oats in place of the wheat–are a scrumptious tribute.

It turns out that mom was ahead of the curve in creating empowering, healthy recipes for her growing athletes. Like bananas, zucchini is a good source of potassium (you need it after a long, sweaty workout!). It’s an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamins A and C, which leads to great vision from the former and an immune system boost from the latter.

Most of all, you will love how moist, delicious and satisfying these cookies are, any time of the day. Making them in the muffin tin ensure that they will all be evenly portioned and perfectly baked, with plenty of golden-brown edges. 

Happy baking!

More Delectable Vegan & Gluten-Free Zucchini Recipes:

Individual Zucchini Bread Baked Oatmeal (oil-free)

Healthy Zucchini Oat Bread (oil-free)

Chickpea Flour Zucchini Muffins (oil-free, grain-free)

4-Ingredient Zucchini Skillet Flatbreads

Coconut Flour Zucchini Cookies (grain-free)

Coconut Flour Zucchini Brownies {oil-free, grain-free}

3-Ingredient Zucchini Soccatas (chickpea flour omelets)

Vegan Almond Flour Zucchini Muffins {grain-free, oil-free}

Healthy Zucchini Breakfast Cookies {vegan, gluten-free}

Healthy Zucchini Breakfast Cookies {vegan, gluten-free}

Yield: 18 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

Healthy zucchini breakfast cookies, made with oats, chickpea flour and flax. Baked in a muffin tin, they are vegan, gluten-free, and only 62 calories per big cookie.


  • 1 cup rolled oats (certified GF as needed)
  • 2/3 cup chickpea flour
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar or packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup shredded, unpeeled zucchini
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries or raisins, chopped
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 375F> Grease or spray 18 cups of two standard size muffin tins.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, chickpea flour, flax, coconut sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  3. Add the zucchini, applesauce.cranberries and coconut oil, stirring until completely blended.
  4. Divide batter evenly between prepared cups (about 2 heaping tablespoons each), smoothing tops,
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 10 t 12 minutes until golden brown and set at the centers. Cool in tins on a cooling rack for 10 minutes and then remove from tins. Serve warm, room temperature or chilled.


Storage: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days, in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or freezer for 3 months.

Nutrition Information
Serving Size 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving Calories 62Total Fat 2.2gSaturated Fat 1.1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 86mgCarbohydrates 9.3gFiber 1.8gSugar 3.3gProtein 1.9g

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Saturday 25th of June 2016

Camilla, Many of your puck recipes contain flax seeds which I am allergic to. Is the flax necessary structurally for the pucks? If so any suggestions on what can be substituted.


Saturday 25th of June 2016

Hi Lisa,

I am so sorry to hear about your allergy! In many cases, yes, they are needed to help hold the pucks together, but they also contribute to the overall texture, as well as add some healthy fat. In general, I would recommend adding an equal amount of ground oats in their place PLUS about 1/2 teaspoon whole psyllium husk and 1/2 teaspoon oil of your choice for every tablespoon of flaxseed meal.

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