Yes, At My House We Eat Cookies For Breakfast!

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As the morning air starts to turn cooler, I tend to move away from having a green drink in the morning. I begin to look for breakfast ideas that will warm and nourish my body as I head out the door for the day. Let’s be honest: when it’s cool outside, the last thing you want to put into your body is something cold. This is where these breakfast cookies come in!

 

As I started to think about developing these cookies, I was searching for a healthy alternative to the sugary donuts we all crave. These warm cookies with a cup of coffee will start any day, warm or cold, off to a healthy start.

 

They contain dairy but are gluten-free – unless the oats purchased have been contaminated by being grown close to wheat or any other crops that contain gluten. Anyone with a gluten intolerance should use caution when selecting oats. I am sure there will be some who question the healthiness of the cookies when they find out there is butter in the recipe. However, there is some research that shows it is not as bad as we have been led to believe. (Here are a couple links from Body Ecology and Authority Nutrition giving a little background on it.)

 

The oatmeal carries many health benefits for us. Oats are filled with fiber and minerals, like selenium, magnesium, and zinc. Oats have been shown to lower your risk of heart disease and colorectal cancer. Oat flour is ground up oatmeal and can be used in the same amounts as all-purpose flour.

 

To sweeten the breakfast cookies, I used coconut sugar and dark chocolate, as well as raisins that are naturally sweet. I’ll let you in on a secret about chocolate: I don’t buy chocolate chips anymore! In fact, I use Trader Joe’s 72% dark chocolate bars. I break off a few larger pieces and put them into a plastic bag. Then, using my meat tenderizer, I can break the pieces into smaller ones for the cookies. I have found that this works well and it’s better for you than chocolate chips. The coconut I use is unsweetened, which adds flavor without the sugar.

 

Below you will find my recipe and I hope you enjoy it. Feel free to omit the optional ingredients that your family doesn’t like. You could change out or add ingredients that your family likes. The point to cooking is to have fun and make it your own. I love looking at recipes as just a suggestion then change them to suit my preferences all the time!

 

For more quick breakfast ideas check out the article I wrote earlier this year called “6 Quick Healthy Breakfasts for On The Go”.

 

 

Happy Cooking,

Patricia

 

 

Breakfast Cookies 

 

2 Organic Eggs                                                                     IMG_1142

¼ Cup of Water

¾ Cup Organic Butter

¾ Cup of Organic Coconut sugar

1 tsp. Vanilla extract

3 Cups of Organic Oatmeal

1 tsp. Sea Salt

½ tsp. Baking Soda

1 ¼ Cup of Organic Oat Flour

1 Cup of Dark Chocolate pieces (Optional)

½ Cup of Organic Raisins (Optional)

¼ Cup of Organic Unsweetened Coconut (Optional)

 

  • Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients and mix well.
  • Add the oatmeal, sea salt, and baking soda.
  • Add oat flour and combine well.
  • Add dark chocolate, raisins, and unsweetened coconut.
  • Mix until well combined.
  • Drop spoonfuls of dough on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 13 to 15 minutes. Serve hot or cooled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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