Oct 032013

Updated 01/08/15 with printable recipe.

My husband and I tried BelVita Breakfast Biscuits for the first time last week, and we LOVED them.  As is typical for me, I immediately started thinking about how I could duplicate this recipe at home for less money, but a Google search turned up nothing. I was disappointed.

I looked up the ingredients in Belvita, and decided that while I couldn’t duplicate them exactly, I could probably come fairly close in terms of flavor. After two batches and a lot of tinkering, I created something chock full of whole grains and low in saturated fat, while still being rich, crisp, filling, and very satisfying. The taste is very similar to BelVita (better, I think!), but since the dough isn’t rolled thin, they aren’t as crunchy and biscuit-like, and you can only eat 2 instead of 4 (a typical BelVita serving).  Of course, you could roll the dough thin, but to be honest, I didn’t want to go to that much work.

My version is also higher in fat than BelVita, but since fat contributes to satiety, I consider this to be a good thing in a cookie which is intended to be a meal replacement. I actually think that we should be eating MORE healthy fats in our diet, and fat is what gives these cookies their crisp, slightly crumbly texture.

Homemade Breakfast Cookies (That Taste Like Belvita!)
12 servings

1 1/3 cups stone ground whole wheat pastry flour (I bought this at an Amish market, but I believe that Wal-Mart carries Bob’s Red Mill brand).
1 1/4 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 – 1/2 cup packed brown sugar (to taste – I used 1/2 cup, but this is not an overly sweet cookie).
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Pinch of cinnamon
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup PLUS 2 tablespoons neutral-tasting oil, such as canola or extra light olive oil (this is 5/8 cup, total. Be sure to use a liquid measure for accuracy).
1 tablespoon milk (I used unsweetened almond milk).
1 teaspoon honey

*Note*  When measuring dry ingredients, be sure to use dry measures, and level them off. In baking, accuracy counts!

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Thoroughly combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir in butter, oil, milk, and honey. Mix very well.

Dough will be moist and crumbly. Divide into 24 balls (a cookie scoop is useful here).

Place on Silpat or parchment-lined baking sheet. Flatten each ball with the heel of your hand (these cookies will not spread!)

Bake for approximately 15 minutes until lightly browned. Cookies will be soft, but will become crispy as they cool.

For a chocolate version, try reducing the flour to 1 1/8 cups, add 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, and omit the cinnamon. Also, it would be advisable to add a bit more sugar. You may also want to experiment with the addition of dried fruits, such as cranberries, raisins, cherries, or blueberries, which will provide extra nutrition and allow you to lower the sugar content. Also, because I made so many of these when I was creating this recipe, I froze them in a gallon Ziploc bag, and they’re delicious straight out of the freezer!

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Serving size – 2 cookies
Calories – 250
Carbs – 29 grams
Fat – 14 grams
Calories from fat – 31%
Dietary Fiber – 3 grams
Protein – 2 grams

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  56 Responses to “Homemade Belvita Breakfast Biscuits (Copycat Recipe)”

  1. I can’t wait to make these! They look delicious.

    • I made these last night and oh my gosh, they are so, so good. I did add a splash of vanilla to the oil and a pinch of nutmeg, then pressed them very thin on the baking sheet. Crispy, not too sweet, filling…they’re awesome! Thanks for figuring this out!

  2. I love Belvitas! And I love that you figured out a way to make them! 🙂 Trying this weekend!

  3. Once again your timing is perfect. I have been trying to think of a portable breakfast option for my husband who is traveling this weekend. This is just what he needs — filling and delicious. Thank you!

    • I sent these with my husband on his fishing trip last weekend. They were a BIG hit with all the guys. So nice to have a delicious, portable, homemade breakfast option when there’s no time to cook.

  4. These are for sure my style! I am going to be making these very soon 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing.

  5. Yum Heather! I think in Australia we call these ANZAC biscuits – although the ratios probably differ a bit! They’re pretty much a staple over here 😉

  6. Hey, I was wondering what I could add them to keep them soft instead of getting crunchy? Any ideas?

    Thanks for the recipe!

  7. I was looking for this recipe after buying belvita cookies at the store – I’m so glad I found you!! I made them exactly as directed and they turned out great! They really do taste very similar to the belvita cookies only better : )

    • I’m so glad you liked them! They are my husband’s #1 favorite cookie now.

      • They sound wonderful. I’m going to make them as directed with the exception of rolling them into a log and slicing them thinly, before baking. Sounds heavenly with some fruit laden Greek yogurt.

  8. I hope you’re right because I’m eating a box of Belvita a day and thats a little expensive. I was going to start with the old fashion oatmeal cookie recipe but found yours so off to the store tomorrow I go. Thank you. Kenny

  9. I don’t have pastry flour on hand… I don’t know the difference between that and regular whole wheat flour. Could I make them if I add something else?

    • Pastry flour is a low protein flour, so it creates a light texture in baked goods. You can try substituting regular whole wheat flour or even all-purpose flour, but the cookies will be more dense, and will not have the same light, crisp texture.

  10. Thanks for this recipe! I could find anything when I googled it either! How would you suggest altering the recipe if I wanted to make the chocolate flavor?

    • Julie, I haven’t had the chocolate version, but based on other chocolate cookie recipes I’ve seen, I would suggest adding 1/4 cup cocoa powder (I like Dutch process) to the dry ingredients. You’ll need to reduce the flour in the recipe to 1 1/8 cups, or even slightly less than that so the dough isn’t too dry. I would also omit the pinch of cinnamon, unless you like the taste of cinnamon and chocolate together (I don’t, but that’s just personal preference). Let me know how they turn out!

  11. I made these last night – the chocolate version – with white flour (on accident but it was fine…just not as healthy!) and 1/4 cup cocoa (and a few mini chocolate chips). I used coconut oil and they turned out delicious!

  12. Awesome thanks! I have been obsessed with them lately so it’s great to have a healthier option! I noticed at the grocery store there are two types of these, a soft baked version and I guess an “original” version, the soft baked version look like this recipe but the chocolate ones I know are the thinner and crunchier “original” so I did know for sure if we are all talking about the same ones? I will let you know how they turn out if I make some! 🙂

  13. I love the idea of adding chocolate chips and using coconut oil!

  14. Why do you use butter and oil?
    Could you just use oil? If so, would you use the combined amount of butter and oil or just the oil amount already in the recipe?
    Could you use just regular Quaker oatmeal (not the instant, but the kind in the red/blue cardboard canister that you cook in a pan)?
    Also, on all your dry ingredient measurements… do you pack it down then level or just dip in and level?
    Thanks 🙂

    • I use a little bit of butter just for the rich flavor. You don’t have to do this. Just use an equivalent amount of oil instead.

      You can certainly use regular Quaker oatmeal, and when measuring dry ingredients, the only one you would pack is the brown sugar. For the rest, just scoop and level.

  15. Red Mill isn’t the best choice….. it has one of the lowest gluten levels I’ve ever used

  16. Would this also work with other flours, perhaps such as a chickpea flour? Thanks in advance. This looks amazing.

  17. Looking forward to trying these. What size cookie scoop did you use? 1 or 2 oz?

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  19. Thank you for the recipe 🙂 I need to run to the store to bake me a batch! I am trying to figure out the banana bread recipe, No such luck 😛 Can anyone help copy cat the banana bread Belvita?

  20. Oh, these are wonderful! The only substitution I made was to use regular whole wheat flour. They were crisp and delicate – reminiscent of Biscoff with the hit of cinnamon, and so delicious. I will be making these often, thank you for figuring out the recipe!

  21. Thank you this recipe. I love Belvita Breakfast Biscuits. I added dehydrated blueberries to mine. They are in the oven new. and look great.

  22. These are fantastic!! How can I incorporate peanut butter into this recipe?

  23. Just made these with all purpose flour (didn’t have pastry flour) and added the egg for a more cake like texture. They spread all over the place! What did I do wrong?

  24. Hi, I made these and they spread like crazy. Did anyone else have this problem and why did it happen? Thanks!

    • Stephanie, I can’t give you a definitive answer because I’ve never added an egg or used all-purpose flour. When made exactly as written, the dough is moist and crumbly, but not wet (see photo in the recipe). It’s actually quite dense, which is why you have to flatten the cookies before baking. I’m guessing that the egg added too much moisture, and combined with the all-purpose flour (which has no fiber), it created a much softer dough which was more inclined to spread.

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  26. Loved this recipe. I added some freshly grated nutmeg and it was quite delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  27. Hi! I just made this recipe. And my mix was kinda dry. So I added a little more milk. Is there anything else I could have done different so it wouldn’t be so dry?

    • yeah lol I did the same! I added more milk because there was no way i could making cookie balls due to the dryness. But I added about 2+ tablespoons, and my cookies came out great!

  28. Belvita usually has some kind of fruit. I usually buy the blueberry. How can this be incorporated? Dried fruits? Raisins?

  29. I hate using flour can I sub more rolled oats, flax meal or something other than flour?

    • You can try, but I don’t know if it will work because I’ve never made any substitutions in this recipe. It’s not intended to be low carb, or gluten/grain free.

    • I used a teff/flax/Tice flour blend instead of whole wheat flour since I really mis belvita since going gluten free. They turned out just fine and almost identical in flavor. They did spread a bit, but not much

  30. I added 2 and a half teaspoons of chia seeds and they were amazing! Thanks for posting the recipe!

  31. For those who don’t want to use wheat flour, put some regular oats in a blender and process until they are flour consistency and substitute exact amount for the wheat flour.

  32. Thank you so much for this recipe! Making these cookie biscuits will be so much cheaper! Mine are currently baking! The batter tastes great! So i have high hopes! <3 LOVE THIS

  33. I followed your recipe exactly and they turned out PERFECT! I smashed them down pretty thin and tried to shape them oblong like they are in the package, and got 29 biscuits out of it. Thank you so much!

  34. Could coconut oil be substituted for the canola oil?? Or would that throw it off?

  35. Replace the oil with unsweetened apple sauce, now these are the apple cinnamon that Belvita no longer makes! Add some cardamom, with the cinnamon. You can also omit the sugar, the applesauce natural sweetness fills in there also. They will not “crisp” without the oil, but store in the freezer or refrigerator to keep fresh and taste great. I make sugar free fat free oatmeal raisin cookies for my diabetic friends this way, using the applesauce to replace most of the oil and all of the sugar. I am going to try spritzing some oil just on the tops before baking, this might work? Will try with my next batch.

  36. Thank you for the recipe. I have made these twice now. Second time I halved the mixture and put cinnamon in one half and chocolate in the other.
    My Children love them.

  37. Belvita are so expensive but have them every day as they are the only ones I like. I am so happy I have found your post and look forward to trying these and maybe some with crushed nuts, thank you keep up the good work

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