Yup, these cookies are healthy enough to eat for breakfast.
No, I am not trying to mess with you. Promise.
Asher and I made these over the weekend.
Oh, and real quickly here, we have got to clarify something. I am pretty sure there are a lot of you out there who think Asher is my daughter. Nope. I mean come on guys I am nineteen. Although, my mom did have her first kid at eighteen.
Asher is however my favorite little girl. She is also completely addicted to chocolate. I think she’s even proud of it.
Like it is insane.
She is a pretty good eater. She’ll eat most fruits and vegetables and she actually enjoys them. This is great, but seriously the girl can not get enough chocolate in her diet. She wants it breakfast, lunch and dinner. Literally there are some mornings when she will have a fit because she just does not understand why cookies are not a good breakfast. She’ll say “I don’t understand. Cookies are so good and I am sooo hungry for them.”
So over the weekend she asked me if we could make cookies that she could actually be able to eat for breakfast. She said “Tieg, let’s make healthy cookies. Cookies that I can eat for breakfast!”
Did I mention that this girl is insanely smart. Sometimes the things that come out of her mouth amaze me. I think she picks up on a lot of stuff around the house, which also make me wonder what on earth she say’s at school. That thought is a little scary (read house full of teenage boys).
So we made cookies and we made um healthy. Really I can honestly say you can feel good about eating these cookies.
When Asher and I make cookies though, or really anything, I am pretty sure that a fourth of the dough ends up in her mouth and another fourth ends up on one of her princess gowns (she’s got like 6, all from Target). Yeah, she wears ball gown around the house with no tights, no leggings and no sweater when it is blowing snow and 20 degrees outside (which has been the last five days). I get cold just looking at her.
She. Is. Crazy.
I was pretty fearful that these cookies would not turn out, but they did. I have made them three times in two day’s.
These cookies are definitely not very sweet, but their flavor is awesome. They take maybe twenty-five minutes to make. Which I would say is a dangerous thing, but I mean they are seriously good for you!
Definitely good enough to justify eating cookies for breakfast.
Super Healthy Breakfast (or anytime) Cookies.
Yields: 12-16 cookies
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour or white whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter (you can substitute almond butter)
- 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks
- 1/4 cup dried pomegranates (or dried fruit of your choice)
- 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium mixing bowl combine the flour, oats, ground flaxseeds, baking soda and salt. Whisk to combine and set aside.
In a microwave safe bowl or glass measuring cup microwave the canola oil and peanut butter together for 30 seconds, stir to combine. Add the mashed bananas, egg, honey and vanilla. Whisk until combined. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir with a mixing spoon until the dough comes together. Fold in the dark chocolate, dried pomegranates and walnuts until evenly distributed. Drop about 2 tablespoons of rounded dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet, placing them about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until set and lightly golden around the edges.
These cookies will not flatten or spread. They pretty much just hold their form.
Guy’s come on. It is cookies for breakfast. Make them now!