This hidden veggie breakfast cookie recipe is everything a mom could ever want to serve her kids – quick, easy and good for you! A quick breakfast, these make ahead breakfast cookies can be made and frozen for an easy, healthy breakfast any time of year. Cook them with your kids and get them excited to try whole grains, healthy fats, and zucchini. Hidden Veggie breakfast cookies are easily made allergy friendly by substituting nut butter for sunflower seed butter and have no refined sugar so you can leave the mom guilt behind. Everyone loves a good make ahead breakfast, and this breakfast cookie recipe is sure to please everyone in your family.
Okay, I admit it – I hate breakfast. Not only am I simply just not a huge fan of breakfast food unless I’m really in the mood, but I really hate making breakfast or my kids. I’m not a morning person, so having to deal with grumpy kids (at least one of them has inherited my hatred for mornings) is essentially my worst nightmare.
Because of this, I really love breakfasts that are as quick as humanly possible. Once the weather turns warmer, I make veggie smoothies almost every single morning because there is nothing easier than throwing stuff in a blender and then serving it up.
But some days, my kids want something a little more, and my mom guilt kicks in. On those days, I love having quick options on hand. Enter: make ahead breakfast cookie recipes.
Okay, so you’re sitting there thinking, uh, Morgan, cookies take some work, girl.. Which – totally true. That’s why I love making things like breakfast cookies, cooling them down, and freezing them! Defrost them over night on the counter or quickly for a few minutes in the oven and you’re good to go. Boom. (I also do this with apple cinnamon pancakes, waffles, sweet potato muffins, healthy banana cookies, oatmeal bites and even things like these spinach brownies.)
Even better? Get your kids involved and this hidden veggie breakfast cookie recipe will come together quickly, you’ll have a handful of them on hand for breakfasts, and your kids will be excited to eat zucchini! (no, really.)
Want more breakfast options? Check out this post: Breakfast Recipes for Kids – kids breakfast recipes
Tips for making this breakfast cookie recipe with kids
Does baking with your kids give a panic attack? Here are my favorite tips for making this hidden veggie breakfast cookie recipe with your kids without turning your kitchen into a disaster zone.
- When measuring sticky items like nut butter or honey, spray your measuring cups with cooking spray. Ingredients will slide right out!
- To mash the banana, place it on a flat plate and let kids mash with a potato masher. I love the plastic plates from Target since they have a flat base and a .5 inch lip to keep everything contained.
- Use a small spring loaded scoop to portion cookies – you’ll need to reduce the cook time about 2 minutes if using the traditional smaller cookie scoop.
- Give kids a square of parchment paper to neatly press the cookies and avoid messy hands. If it starts to stick to the paper, just spray it down with cooking spray.
I love this recipe because not only is it a fun option for kids – uh cookies for breakfast? totally. – but it’s packed with whole grains, healthy fats and hidden veggies. What else could a mom ask for when serving up a super simple breakfast? Sometimes I’ll even serve them up with a veggie smoothie for a larger breakfast or the boys will split one as a snack.
Tips for Making Make Ahead Breakfast Cookies Easier:
- Keep bags with all dry ingredients together for even quicker assembly.
- If you think your kids will notice the green zucchini, peel the green skin off before grating, or use yellow squash.
- If you have too much zucchini, try it in something like these hidden veggie sloppy joes.
- Sub some of the chocolate chips for craisins, blueberries, nuts, or seeds.
- Lay on parchment paper and freeze flat before putting into a zip top bag to store.
Hidden Veggie Breakfast Cookie Recipe
This simple, make ahead breakfast cookie recipe is a great breakfast for kids – packed full of veggies, whole grains, and healthy fats, you won’t feel guilty giving your kids cookies for breakfast. Even better, serve with an easy spinach smoothie for an even more filling, quick meal.
Hidden Zucchini Breakfast Cookies
A simple and healthy treat, this St. Patrick's Day Fruit Salad is a fun was to celebrate the holiday! Packed with all of your favorite green fruits, you won't need luck for your kiddos to love it!
- 2 cups quick oats
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp basking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 banana
- .25 cup butter melted
- 1 egg
- .25 cup nut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup shredded zucchini
- .5 cup mix ins
- .5 cup maple syrup or honey
Preheat oven to 350, measure all ingredients out.
Mash banana and combine with wet ingredients.
Stir in dry ingredients.
Scoop into 1/4 cup balls, press into flat disks, and bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool and enjoy!
You can replace the nut butter with sunflower seed butter to make allergy friendly.
PSSST: If you’re looking for healthy cookies, check out this: 30+ Healthy Cookie Recipes to Treat Yourself With
Okay, so tell me – which meal do you hate most? Which do you like best? Let me know in the comments!
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