I have trouble getting up early. Our mornings are usually rushed and hectic and generally unpleasant. I understand that it is completely my own fault. If I would wake up 45 minutes earlier everything would run much more smoothly, but I just can’t do it. So I have chosen to compensate for my laziness. I try to make breakfast as painless as possible around here. I simply cannot cook in the morning… But I really want to cut out the processing/preservatives found in most easy store-bought breakfasts. Simple, healthy, tasty, grab-and-go. That’s what we need.
Here’s our current favorite: BREAKFAST COOKIES. They are healthy, and the kids love them because Mommy says it’s okay to eat cookies for breakfast. Win-win situation.
My sister gave me this recipe, and I’ve changed it a bit to suit my family’s tastes. Try it yourself and let me know what you think!
BREAKFAST COOKIES: yields 18
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed until smooth & creamy
- 1/3 cup peanut butter, creamy or chunky
- 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups quick oatmeal, uncooked
- 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix mashed banana and peanut butter until completely combined, then add in the applesauce & vanilla. Mix again until all are completely combined.
Add in the oatmeal & nuts to the banana mixture & combine. Mix in the chocolate chips.
Let dough rest for 10 minutes, which will allow the oats to absorb up some of the moisture in the batter.
Drop cookie dough, by spoonfuls, onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet & flatten cookies into circles. I am able to fit exactly 18 cookies on one cookie sheet. I stagger the rows: 4, 3, 4, 3, 4.
Bake cookies approximately 20-30 minutes (exact timing may take some experimentation) or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let rest on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then move to cooling rack.
When cookies are completely cool, store in a covered container. I keep mine in the refrigerator, but they would probably be fine on the counter. I also microwave ours for about 15 seconds before eating to get the chocolate a little melty and warm up the oats. Each kid gets 2 cookies for breakfast with a glass of milk and a piece of fruit. Perfection.
P.S. — I calculated the WWPoints+ values for this, and they are only 2 points per cookie.