As a child, cookies were oatmeal, chocolate chip, snicker doodle, or no bakes. These were all delicious to me. As an adult, I realized that to eat healthy, these favorites of my childhood might not be the best for me. Years ago, I was introduced to a 5-ingredient cookie that is delicious, healthy, and -in fact- a meal in a cookie.
I have recently found another cookie that is a meal in a cookie. Both recipes are delicious… and wait until you see the ingredients. HEALTHY!! I have found these cookies to be great for an on-the-go healthy snack, great for trips and sports. And best of all, the grandkids like them.
I challenge you to make a platter, have them in the house, or put them in a school lunch and see the response. They will become a family favorite.
5-Ingredient Breakfast Cookies
- 2 large ripe bananas
- 1 cup applesauce (I use unsweetened)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 cup rolled oats (you can use old fashioned regular oats, rolled 6 grain, rolled 9 grain, or any rolled grain you prefer)
- ¼ c any fruit (if using dried fruit, soak for a few minutes to soften)
- ¼ c any type of chopped nuts or small nuts such as pumpkin or sunflower
- ¼ c any type of chocolate chips
- ¼ c coconut
- 2 teaspoons chia seed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine and blend the bananas, applesauce, vanilla, and cinnamon.
- Add in the rolled grains. Add in any optional add ins. See below *
- Line a baking sheet with parchment and spray lightly with nonstick spray.
- Using a medium cookie scoop, place a scoop of dough on the cookie sheet and flatten slightly with a spatula
- Cook for 30 minutes or until the bottoms of cookies are golden.
- Remove from oven, remove from baking sheet and cool on cooling rack. ENJOY!!
The Ultimate Oatmeal Cookie
- ¾ cup oil (I use olive or avocado)
- ½ cup honey
- ¼ cup molasses
- 2 tablespoons water
- ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup raisins
- 2 cups rolled oats (I use old fashioned oats, 6 grain, or 9 grain from Kitchen Kneads)
- 2½ cups grain flour mix *
*Flour ground from: Barley, millet, oats, rye, soft white wheat (other grains can be added if desired)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Blend oil, honey, molasses, and water in a mixing bowl.
- Add remaining ingredients. *
- Using a medium cookie scoop place a scoop of dough on the parchment-lined cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with the back of a spatula.
- Bake 10-12 minutes.
- Cool for 2 minutes and then remove from cookie sheet to a cooling rack.
*Optional add-in: ¼ cup of any of the following: coconut, chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts
Recipe courtesy of “How About Cookies For Dinner” by Faye Packer Reeves
These new cookies will become family favorites!!