Chocolate Cherry Pistachio Breakfast Cookies

Chocolate Cherry Pistachio Breakfast Cookies

These cookies are not too sweet and lightly spiced, so they’re a strong candidate for a mid-morning snack but they also make for a simple dessert. They don’t spread at all on the baking sheet and are a touch biscuity in nature, so do be sure to flatten them before baking as the directions here indicate. You can use any mix-ins you’d like, just keep the proportions about the same; I made a special batch for Oliver with golden raisins, sunflower seeds and pepitas and they were met with immense enthusiasm. They freeze beautifully, so a double batch is always a good idea.


1 cup (150g) whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup (30 g) spelt flour
3/4 cup (75 g) rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
1/4 cup (30g) ground flax meal
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 large ripe banana, mashed (about 1/3 cup)
1/2 cup (125ml) coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons (113ml) maple syrup
1 large egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup (40 g) dried tart cherries (or cranberries)
1/3 cup (65g) pitachios, chopped
1/3 cup (75g) dark chocolate chunks


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 1 large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

In a large bowl, whisk together both flours, oats, flax meal, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and salt.

In another medium bowl, whisk together the banana, coconut oil, maple syrup, egg, and vanilla.

Add the wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients and stir until incorporated. Fold in the cherries, pistachios and chocolate. Let dough sit and rest 10 minutes.

Using between 2 to 3 tablespoons of dough, scoop balls onto cookie sheet, leaving about 2 inches between cookies. Use the palm of your hand to gently flatten the cookies until about 3/4-inch thick.

Bake until golden brown around the edges and firmed yet slightly soft in the center (they’ll continue to firm as they cool), about 10 to 12 minutes. Allow cookies to cool at least 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool completely. If kept in an airtight container, cookies will remain fresh for 3-4 days.