I recently started a new job that requires me to be out of the house very early, like 6:30am early. At first my stomach thought it was still sleeping, but over the past week it’s caught up with the program, and has realized that 6:00am is breakfast time. The problem is, I love my sleep, and not even a grumbly stomach can convince me to give up those ten minutes I steal from the “snooze” button every morning. I barely manage to fill my thermos with coffee before dashing out the door, so I needed something quick, easy, and healthy to grab and go.
Enter the breakfast cookie. A cookie for breakfast you say? I say, yes indeed. No butter, no sugar. Do I have your attention now?
These are not for the “I don’t like if it is obviously healthy” types. It’s not going to convince anyone that it is full of butter and sugar, but it’s not trying to. It’s a healthy cookie, and it’s proud of it.
- 2 cups oats
- 1 cup brown flour
- 1 cup white flour
- 4 tbsp flax seeds
- 1tsp baking soda
- 1 avocado
- 20 dates
- 1 banana
- 2 tbsp egg whites
- 1.5 cups pumpkin
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp salt
- “stuff” – I chose for my stuff: unsweetened shredded coconut, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries. I did not measure my stuff, about a handful of each (1/4 cup of each, if I’m pressed for a number).
- In a handy-dandy blending machine, mix up your dates, avocado, and banana.
- Mix dry ingredients.
- Add pumpkin, avocado mixture, vanilla & honey.
- Add your stuff. The options are fairly endless here. I have a bit of a confession to make. I tried really, really hard to resist putting chocolate chips in, and it worked, mostly. On the last tray I caved, and I have to say…I kinda wish I had caved earlier. Chocolate makes everything better, and I have no qualms with chocolate for breakfast.
- Preheat oven to 350F. Scoop cookies onto a greased cookie sheet.
- Here’s where it gets a little more complicated. Bake the cookies for 10 min, then take them out. They will still be ball shaped. You need to flatten them with a spatula or a fork. Then put them back in for another 10 minutes.
- You’re done!
Happy Baking :)