Cookies for Breakfast

Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies 

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I love to bake but I am baking a lot less than I used to because cakes and cookies full of sugar and butter don’t do much for my waistline or my cholesterol numbers. When I do bake I want it to be something I can enjoy without guilt. That means low or no sugar treats that contain healthy ingredients like fruit and whole grains.

I stumbled upon this recipe for a breakfast cookie made with just two ingredients – banana and oats and it gave me ideas.  I have modified the original recipe to add a bit more fiber and healthy fat.

  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 3 Tablespoons water
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup plain oats (either old fashioned rolled oats or plain quick oats, either one will work)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine flax seed meal with water and let rest for 5-10 minutes.  Mash banana in a small mixing bowl until there are no large chunks remaining.  Add flax mixture, vanilla, and cinnamon and stir to combine.  Add the oats and stir until everything is well mixed.  Drop spoonfuls of the mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or non stick foil.  Bake at 350F for 10-15 minutes or until set.  (I make 3 large cookies so it takes about 15 minutes.)

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I love this recipe because I can eat the whole thing and it’s only about 300 calories. I sometimes add raisins or cacao nibs; add-in’s will obviously raise the calorie count.

 

 

 

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