Sunday, June 30, 2013

Cookies for Breakfast!!! (and other lies we tell ourselves)

.B is a night owl. Which in turn gives me a toddler who likes to sleep in (thank you GOD). Since all I see when I'm at home are a thousand projects I need to get done (caulk around the sink, clean the ceiling fan, laundry, dishes, etc.) we are out the door by 9:15ish every morning to DO SOMETHING. The park, a museum, bowling, a petting zoo, a play date at someone's home, you name it, we're in ;) 

Since B wakes up around 8:30am I need to get him up and ready pretty swiftly. He is and has been since birth a "grazer". He has never say down and hit eaten a full meal. He eats all day long. I always have and apple or a banana in my bag but after a trip to Starbucks one morning he kept asking for blueberry muffins. So, here is my solution. An on-the-go, heathy, blueberry (and chocolate) "breakfast" I can feel good about giving him. I hope you feel the same- ENJOY!

This recipe is an adaptation of one I found on a blog I love called "How Sweet it is"

Breakfast Cookies

makes about 24 half dollar size cookies

1 large egg

1/4 cup loosely packed brown sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 medium ripe banana, mashed

1 1/2 tablespoon honey

1/2 cup applesauce 

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1 and 1/2 cups of flour TOTAL. If you don't have these particular ones in your pantry, fret not, use what you've got. 

       1/2 cups whole wheat flour

       1/2 cup spelt flour

       1/2 cup millet flour

1 cup old-fashioned oats

2 tablespoons ground flaxseed (or more)

1/4 teaspoon salt (or less)

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoons peanut butter, melted

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/4 cup dried fruit (I used blueberries)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl, mix flour, oats, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and flaxseed together, then set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk egg and sugar together until smooth. Add in vanilla, mashed banana, applesauce, melted and cooled butter and honey and mix until combined and somewhat smooth (it’s okay if banana chunks remain).

Gradually add in dry ingredients, mixing gently with a large spoon until the batter has come together. Stir in melted peanut butter. Lastly, add chocolate chips and dried fruit, mixing until distributed. Using your hands, make into "patties" because these will not change shape or spread as they cook. Place onto a nonstick baking sheet, placing them about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until set and lightly golden around the edges. 

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