after a recent assessment of our cupboard, i came to the conclusion that we have an imbalance of whole + prepackaged foods. we cook our meals from scratch - except for the occasional respite of chinese takeout - and the kiddos have developed a genuine intuition of eating a healthy balance of food groups throughout the day. but we are not perfect. there are bars in our cupboards - you know what i mean, granola bars, fruit bars, and a wide variety of breakfast/power bars to get the hub going as he heads off to work before the sun rises.
and then one of the littles requested a breakfast cookie - instead of her usual greek yogurt or boiled egg.
not in my house. enough is enough!
my response gets its inspiration from chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, but they are so much more. i blended the recipe for our favorite muffins with a basic cookie concept, and then added the power. big time. and you know what? they are beyond a hit. and knowing all those healthy ingredients that went into them - and love, of course - i am happy to oblige when someone now requests a breakfast cookie.
superpower breakfast cookies
recipe makes about 3 dozen
: preheat oven to 350
: combine wet ingredients (we used organic whenever possible)
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup greek yogurt (we used nonfat)
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup (packed) brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter (or peanut butter)
: in a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients (again, organic whenever possible)
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 2 cups oats
- 1/2 cup whole ground flax seed meal
- 2 scoops protein powder (we used soy)
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips (we used 60%)
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/2 tsp EACH of baking soda, baking powder and salt
: stir dry into wet until just combined - do not overbeat.
: spoon onto cookie sheet - we used a 2 oz. ice cream scoop and flattened them with the bottom of a glass
: bake for 9-10 minutes on 350, place on a rack to cool
high in whole grain fiber, protein, omega-3s, antioxidents - and low in fat. as best i could calculate, each one has about 120 calories, but if anyone is a nutritionist, i would LOVE to know the values of fiber, protein and fat.
you could easily adapt this recipe to suit your family's needs and preferences. a foodie friend of mine with a nut+dairy+egg allergy is giving it a go with a few changes to meet their nutritional limitations and i am sure you could easily make them gluten-free as well. in this house, we think they are near perfect and hope you enjoy them as well! xoxo
edited to add :: the following nutrition information has been provided by the lovely kirstie - thank you so much!