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Paleo Breakfast Cookies – Vegan + Gluten Free

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Paleo breakfast cookies are very thick and soft cookies loaded with nourishing seeds and protein almond butter. These simple almond butter cookies are naturally sweetened with soft pitted dates. A delicious clean eating recipe to start the day with energy, happy, and feel good!

Paleo breakfast cookies

Paleo Breakfast cookies – 100% sweetened with dates

You know how much I am against refined sugar right? It has been 5 years without eating white sugar. I treat myself with only naturally sweetened and low sugar recipes. Well, I started eating 100% sugar-free for 2 years. My favorite sweeteners are 100% sugar-free natural sweeteners like stevia, erythritol, or monk fruit sugar. I am still using these every day – especially in my coffee. Then, I reversed my pre-diabetes and I realized that I could also bake with some other natural options like dried fruits, fruits, or a limited amount of natural sweeteners.

Paleo breakfast cookies

My advice if you are trying to control your sugar intake:

  1. Eat nourishing sweet treat. Look for a recipe that adds nuts, seeds, no refined flour. Those are richer in fiber and protein to stabilize your blood sugar level through the day – meaning keeps your energy steady. It also keeps you full for longer.
  2. Natural sweetener, yes but go with moderation. Any recipe that uses dried fruits, fruits, or natural sweetener is fine! Again, it means those recipes are more nourishing and good for your body. However, a sweet treat is to enjoy in MODERATION. You should never eat the whole batch of those paleo breakfast cookies, even if they are good for you. Anyway, I challenge you to do it! They are so fulfilling that you can’t eat more then 2 or 3 of those 🙂 Another good point about eating nourishing sweet treats. You won’t be able to overeat them
  3. Make your own stuff. I know it is easy to buy some ‘energy balls’ or ‘healthier cookies’ from the store. But nothing is better than your own recipe where you control what you put inside

Almond butter breakfast cookies – store for weeks!

Those paleo breakfast cookies are great examples of how you can start the day with sweet and feel good, energized, and grain-free  Those paleo breakfast cookies are slightly sweetened with dates, full of fiber and proteins from nuts, seeds, and almond butter. You won’t feel a crash of energy after eating those trust me. I love grain-free breakfast, I often make a coconut flour porridge but some days I don’t have time to sit to enjoy breakfast – so paleo cookies it is!

Paleo breakfast cookies

Plus I stored mine for 3 weeks in a cookie jar! Can you believe it? Yep, there is no eggs or dairy in there so it stores really well. So don’t look further and give those a try. It is clearly a no-fail recipe, pretty easy to make in the food processor.

Paleo breakfast cookies

All you need is :

  • Almond butter
  • Dried dates – Medjool or deglor
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Almond meal
  • Vanilla
  • Baking soda
  • Optional but good: a combo of those coconut chips, dried cranberries, paleo dark chocolate chips
  • Water – I noticed that I don’t need to add water when I make those using Medjool dates. They are softer, moister dates.


Watch the video of those simple paleo breakfast cookies and make them now :

Enjoy the lovely paleo breakfast cookies.

Sweetashoney Carine Claudepierre

Paleo breakfast cookies

Paleo Breakfast Cookies

Paleo breakfast cookies - Easy Clean Eating Cookie with Almond Butter and Pumpkin Seeds. Protein loaded. No added sweetener. 100% sweetened with dates.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
16 cookies
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Breakfast cookies

  • 1 cup Almond Flour
  • 5 1/2 oz pitted medjool dates, soft - about 1 cup wieght them for precision
  • 1/2 cup almond butter , smooth or peanut butter (if not paleo !)
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla essence
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking soda


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  • Preheat the oven to 315 F (160C). 
  • Line a cookie tray with baking paper. Set aside
  • Put all the cookie ingredients into the food processor. Process until it forms a crumble of dough - this usually takes few minutes, and you may need to scrape down the sides of your bowl to get things together.
  • Transfer into a large mixing bowl and add the toppings ingredients. Using your hands, incorporate the toppings into the crumbly dough. 
  • With your hands again, bring the crumbly cookie dough into a ball. You may have to add 2-4 tablespoon of water at this time to gather the crumbly dough together. Process by adding 1 tablespoon at a time and see how it goes. The dough is good when you are able to form a ball. This depends of the dates you are using. With soft medjool dates, I usually don't need water at this stage but I do add 4 tablespoons with deglor dates.
  • Roll the ball into a cylinder, cut 16 pieces of dough with a sharp knife. Using your hands, roll each piece into a ball. Place onto the prepared cookie tray. They can be put close together as these cookies don't spread during baking.
  • Press each cookie ball with the bottom of a drinking glass or your hand to flatten into cookies.
  • Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden outside.
  • Cool down on the baking tray for 15 minutes then transfer into a cookie jar to store up to 3 weeks.
Dates: you can use any sort of dates but make sure they are fresh from the packaged and soft. You MUST weigh the dates for precision (in oz/grams). Don't use cups for the dates. It make the recipe less precise as some dates are larger than others and I found it difficult to get the same result with deglor dates and medjool dates when measured in cups.
Storage: I store them up to 3 weeks in a cookie jar.
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Nutrition Facts
Paleo Breakfast Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 149 Calories from Fat 94
% Daily Value*
Fat 10.4g16%
Carbohydrates 11.3g4%
Fiber 2.6g11%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 4.7g9%
Net Carbs 8.7g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Panel is for one paleo breakfast cookie. This recipe makes 16 cookies. I recommend 2 cookies per breakfast per adult.




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  1. 5 stars
    Love these! I have made them several times and they are toddler approved which is great.

    I just made them this morning with 1/2 almond flour, 1/2 hazelnut flour, and used macadamia nut butter. My toddler is supposed to be eating certain nuts daily to help with an allergy and I’m having to be tricky. So far he seems to like them just as much!

    • I am so glad your son can get his nuts intake from those cookies. Enjoy the blog recipes and thanks for trying them. XOXO Carine.

    • Argh – that is tricky I must say. This is a cookie recipe I was making before going 100% sugar free, I started going paleo eating some unrefined sugar like dates and since then never made this recipe for myself just for the kids using dates each time. Maybe combo of eggs and sugar free crystal sweetener will work well. Not sure how much. For now I recommend to try my keto granola bars for breakfast it is no bake and delicious as well. Enjoy the blog. XOXO Carine.

  2. 5 stars
    I took these cookies on a 7 day backpacking/ canoe trip. My husband and I both loved them. They made morning camp routine so easy, and kept us going well into the day. Thanks!

    • What a beautiful comment! I am so happy you enjoyed the cookies and that they keep you full during your lovely camping trip. Enjoy the blog recipes and thanks so much fro reading me. XOXO Carine.

  3. 5 stars
    These cookies are really good. I’ve been trying to find things that my 15 yr old son can take to school, and that will give him energy and keep him full.

    Made these yesterday and he LOVES them! So off he went today with two in his lunchbox 🙂

    • YEAH! that is the kind of comment I LOVE. My kids are younger but they love those cookies in their lunchbox too, and it makes us feel good to know they feed with healthy food right ? 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to had a lovely comment. Carine.

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