Breakfast Cookies – The healthier way!

Many of the breakfast cookie recipes I’ve seen online will have your arteries completely clogged by the very next day.  I really like this one that I modified from the original to be healthier and have a little more flavor.

This recipe is extremely healthy and easily beefed up with various add-ins to suit your preferences. It’s also a great way to use up those extra bananas in a low calorie way.

Ingredients:

  • 3 mashed bananas (ripe)
  • 1/3 cup apple sauce
  • 2 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup raisins (or any other dried fruit you want to add)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Splenda , sugar or other sweetener

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a bowl really well. Let this mixture stand for at least 5 minutes to let the oats become good and hydrated. Heap the dough by teaspoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes and let cool.

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Other Ideas:

  • I am a HUGE fan of peanut butter if you didn’t already know, Because of this I add 3 tablespoons of peanut butter into my mix. It also adds protein and keeps me full even longer!
  • Variations: If you add some chopped nuts, you have a grab and go breakfast that includes protein as well as fruits and grains. Dried cranberries are also a great addition if you don’t care for raisins, which some people don’t. Cardamom fans may want to substitute that spice for the cinnamon.
  • You can make a huge batch of these and then freeze some, leaving a few to be snagged each morning while you and your other family members are on the way out the door.

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It’s important to note that this is not a dessert type of cookie, so it will not be what you are used to eating when you think cookie. These are also very moist, due to both mashed bananas and apple sauce being included. It’s basically oatmeal with add-ins for breakfast that you can eat from your hand.

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