Breakfast cookie recipes are popping up all over Pinterest. Who knew it was now o.k to eat cookies for breakfast?! I’m in !!
It’s time again for the monthly Recipe Redux challenge. This month’s theme is Break Out of Breakfast Boredom!
Cooks aren’t always pressed for time in the mornings – they just need new ideas. Think mug cakes, smoothie bowls, breakfast cookies and more. Show us the healthy way you wake up your breakfast – or wake up just for breakfast!
Many of my clients skip breakfast, because they either run out of ideas for breakfast or don’t have the time on a busy morning to prepare breakfast. This months challenge is a great way for you to get some new and interesting ideas from participants. Check out the links at the bottom of this post to see all the recipes from today. Another batch of recipes will be published tomorrow, so don’t forget to check those out too!
For this challenge I chose to make a breakfast cookie. When I was a kid we would eat cookies for breakfast, especially during the holiday’s when we were swimming in Christmas cookies. Even now if I have homemade cookies in the house I might sneak one in the morning when I let Maddie outside. Of course I feel guilty for eating a cookie for breakfast, but I know I am not the only person to do it!
My grandfather used to eat cake for breakfast. He always purchased a crumb cake and called it breakfast cake. I guess he thought that adding the word breakfast made it o.k. Breakfast cookies are a bit different. These cookies are made with better ingredients, are higher in fiber, contain healthy fats, and are free of heavily refined sugar. Eating a “better for you” cookie for breakfast then the high sugar/high fat traditional cookies is a better way to start the day and definitely will make me feel less guilty!
Just scroll through Pinterest and you will see tons of breakfast cookie recipes. I really didn’t know what made a cookie a “breakfast” cookie until I looked through a bunch of different recipes.
What makes a cookie and breakfast cookie?
Most cookie recipe use whole wheat flour and rolled oats. You may also see flax and chia seeds.
Common fat sources are coconut oil or avocado. Some recipes use butter, but not many.
Little refined sugar
Breakfast cookies are sweetened with honey and fruit, such as mashed banana or apple sauce. You won’t see granulated sugar or brown sugar in most breakfast cookie recipes.
Lots of added ingredients
Breakfast cookie recipes have a wide array of additional ingredients, which makes this type of cookie really fun to make. The possibilities are endless! Examples of common ingredients include: dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, carrots, zucchini, and pumpkin.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ cup oat bran
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup apple sauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 6 dates, diced
- ⅓ cup pecans, chopped
- ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a medium sized bowl stir together flour, oats, oat bran, baking soda, and salt.
- In a microwave safe bowl heat together coconut oil, peanut butter, and honey on high for 30 seconds, then stir to combine.
- Add apple sauce, vanilla, and egg to peanut butter mixture, stirring to combine.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients in small batches into the peanut butter mixture, stir to thoroughly combine all ingredients.
- Stir in dates, pecan, and chocolate chips.
- Drop tablespoon sized balls of dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a baking mat.
- Slightly flatten cookie.
- Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes until slightly browned.
- Cool for 3-5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer cookie to a cooling rack.
Breakfast cookies are really great sources of fiber. Many people don’t get enough fiber, especially now with the popularity of gluten free and grain free diets. Fiber is essential to our gut health. Fiber helps to naturally remove waste from our body. High fiber diets have been shown to lower cholesterol levels (cholesterol gets removed from the body along with fiber), improves blood sugar levels (delays the absorptions of sugar), decreases the risk of some cancers (colon), and helps us feel fuller longer.
I recommend pairing breakfast cookies with a serving of milk or yogurt and of course fresh fruit! Tell me, have you ever enjoyed a cookie for breakfast?