Back to School Chocolate Protein Breakfast Cookies

Something I tend to forget about as an adult female who has no children and has no plan to have children, is school. I forget that school ends and I forget that school starts back up. The only reason I know that either one has happened is when the park near me becomes overrun with screaming creatures, which makes Jackson’s hair stand up. I get it, Jackson. And this hasn’t happened recently, which must mean the kids are back in school. So I thought it would be the perfect time to give you a little back-to-school recipe. Since I don’t know children or what they want nowadays, I tapped into my younger side to figure out what was lacking when I was in school. Turns out, a lot of things. I ate only sugary cereal for breakfast or some sort of pastry, then I got fries covered in fake cheese for lunch along with a cosmic brownies, then many dinners were hamburger helper. I was doomed from a pretty early age, but thankfully I figured things out before fake food sent me into a completely unhealthy spiral.

PaleOMG Back to School Chocolate Breakfast Cookies

Today I’m starting with breakfast for your little kiddos. And even though I think your kid should get something with less sugar and more protein like with my Steak Tip Hash or Supreme Pizza Frittata, I’m also realistic about time and stubbornness. Not every kid will get behind a hash breakfast, but I would think MOST would be cool with breakfast cookies. They’re tasty, portable, and cute AF. And I packed these cookies with all kinds of ingredients to help keep your kid full, satisfied, and healthier than the kids who are being sent to school with packaged foods. Here are some of the ingredients in each cookie and why they are so much better than what you can purchase at the store:

  • Almond Butter – Loaded with monounsaturated fats, Vitamin E to help lower cholesterol, and magnesium to boost heart health.
  • Chia Seeds – Good source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiber, iron, and calcium.
  • Flax Seeds – Packed with omega-3 essential fatty acids, lignans, to promote hormonal balance, fiber to regulate blood sugar, and choline which contributes to brain health and function.
  • Collagen – Packed with protein, boosts joint health, and aids in digestion.

You’re just not going to get the same ingredients in packaged foods! These cookies will help set your kid up for success throughout the day (and life)!

PaleOMG Back to School Chocolate Breakfast Cookies

But if these cookies aren’t your style, here are a few other recipe ideas that might work for your kid!

I may not have kids, but I do know that we need to start teaching our kids from an early age how to properly eat. The more I travel, the more I see kids who have never had proper nutrition in their diets and that’s really scary moving forward. We need to teach kids why certain foods are so important and help them understand that healthy food can actually taste good. It may take more time and energy on the parents, but it’s SO IMPORTANT. That’s why having children is so scary to me. You have the responsibility as the parents to teach your kids so much, including a healthy diet. But you got this parents. Teach em young, teach em early, and change the trajectory of their lives. They will thank you later.

PaleOMG Back to School Chocolate Breakfast Cookies


Back to School Chocolate Protein Breakfast Cookies

  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 13-15 cookies 1x


  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1/4 cup collagen peptides
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca flour
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground chia seed
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together almond butter, coconut sugar, egg, vanilla extract, and almond milk until well combined.
  3. Then add the collagen, cocoa powder, tapioca and coconut flour, ground chia and flax seeds, baking soda, and salt. Mix well. Lastly, fold chocolate chips and cacao nibs.
  4. Use a cookie scoop to scoop out around 2 tablespoons of dough and make into a round ball. Place on the parchment paper lined baking sheet and use a fork to lightly press the dough down. This dough will create about 13-15 cookies.
  5. Place baking sheet into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes.

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PaleOMG Back to School Chocolate Breakfast Cookies

PaleOMG Back to School Chocolate Breakfast Cookies


More Portable Breakfast Ideas:

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Pizza Egg Bites

Carrot Breakfast Cookies

Chocolate Chip Pancake Bites

Almond Joy Protein Shake


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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


30 thoughts on “Back to School Chocolate Protein Breakfast Cookies”

  1. Back to school = take a pic of your kid with a chalkboard listing all of their hopes and dreams. I have 3 stepkids and thankfully my husbands ex is as scornful of the chalkboard as I am. My stepkids prefer junk but are starting to eat better since they are in sports and know how they needn’t to fuel. I’ll be making these!!

  2. Good post. Yes, this is something that’s very important to us and we even send our son to a school that does not have a lunch program so I can pack his own lunch and snacks. They have a nut-free policy so I’ve been making real food snacks using Tiger Nut flour, tahini, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, as well as fruit, olives, quality jerky, etc. For lunch, he normally has leftover dinner or I make him a bento box. Kids get fed so much crap at school, sharing snacks at the playground, birthday parties, etc. I’m happy for him to have treats occasionally but not junk food everyday.

  3. “It will change the trajectory of their lives.”

    Isn’t that the truth? I feel like at 40 years-old, I am still learning how to undo the damage caused by my childhood eating habits and re-program my brain to make better choices. The crap my mom used to purchase…smh. Now that we know better, we owe it to ourselves and to our kids to do better.

  4. These look great and I am sure my 11-year old son would LOVE these but I for sure that he would LOVE LOVE a steak tip hash for breakfast – this mamma ain’t got time for that though.

  5. I appreciate this post! I have three boys and they are pretty good about eating eggs and good proteins for breakfast, they will surely love me a little extra on the day I make these! ?

  6. I could relate to so many parts of this post. I also grew up eating crap, packaged meals and snacks. I discovered a paleo/whole foods way of living in my mid twenties and now in my mid thirties, I’ve never felt better. We talk to our kids about healthy food fueling our body and I only make paleo meals. That being said my kids still end up with plenty of non-whole foods thanks to grandparents, school, friends houses etc. (my family tends to think we are slightly crazy) I think the best things we can do are talk/teach our kids, model by being positive examples of movement and healthy eating and allow them to work with us in the kitchen. Hopefully the ideas will stick as they grow up! Thanks for the cookie recipe, I can’t wait wait to try these.

  7. Wonderful words of advice and encouragement regarding the absolute importance of starting kids out the right way with healthy, nutritious food!

  8. Our childhood eating habits can either set us up for sugar addictions or for healthy intuitive eating down the road. I Remember either skipping breakfast when I was little or having a toaster strudel, frozen waffle, fruity pebbles etc. after being paleo since 2012 I still have issues with sugar!!

  9. Will it change the outcome of a recipe if you leave out the collagen? I’ve read so many reviews of bad reactions to collagen, like breakouts, bloating, etc (all things I already struggle with) that I’m afraid to try it.



    1. no, it should still work out just the same! i’ve taken collagen daily for almost 3 years now and i’ve never experienced bloating or breakouts (which are things i struggle with as well), just FYI!

  10. These were delish. My kids loved them but did request I leave out the cacao nibs next time and I would agree. I thought they were sweet enough for real dessert!

  11. Can I sub a plant-based protein powder for the collagen? I have a vegetarian in the house who sorely needs to up his protein intake…thought these might be a good option…

  12. My kids LOVE this recipe! I’ve made it several times now and they keep requesting it. Thank you for a wonderful and healthy breakfast option for kiddos. I love that I only have to dirty up 1 bowl too.

  13. Hi Juli! Ok my family ate these up like they were candy!! 2 questions, your picture looks like they are thick, mine turned out very flat and crispy. Not sure if I did something to that that happen…perhaps I flattened them too much before baking. Second question…have you tried these are bars? I try to cut down on time in the kitchen wherever I can and not doing the whole separate cookie business is a time saver! Thoughts?

    Loving ALL of your recipes I try by the way…we must be tastebud twins! And my family snarfs them up too…2 teen boys and a hubs.


    1. the thickness of the cookie will totally depend on the thickness of the nut butter. i always have a super thick nut butter so they cookies come out thick! and no, i ahve not tried these as bars, but that sounds amazing!! so glad to whole family loves them!!

  14. I LOVE these breakfast cookies!! I have been making these for at least 6 months now. The only thing I do different is I put peanut butter baking chips in the cookies instead of the chocolate chips because I not a huge chocolate fan and the peanut butter chips cut down on too much chocolate taste for me. I also put these cookies in the freezer because I like more crunch then chewy/soft. They are extremely feeling and taste amazing. They are a perfect go to when I need something to hold me off while I am cooking dinner, etc. Thank you. I love you and your new website is phenomenal 🙂

  15. I actually give this recipe 10 stars. These cookies are DELICIOUS! Perfect texture, perfect sweetness, just perfection. I want to eat these for breakfast everyday.

  16. These are so good!!! I made some for a friend who is breastfeeding and she raved about these! I make them on a regular basis as they are so tasty and healthy!

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