Breakfast Cookies

I've seen a lot of recipes for breakfast cookies lately so I thought I should give them a try. After all, who wouldn't want to eat a cookie for breakfast!? I played around and this is what I came up with. No eggs, no refined sugar, just good stuff. Here's what you'll need:

  • 2 C oats
  • 1 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 C ripe bananas, mashed (I used 3 medium sized)
  • 1 C dried cranberries
  • 1 C chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put everything in a bowl and mix it up. That's it. I thought about breaking it down into individual steps, but why? It should be slightly more wet than cookie dough.

Line 2 cookies sheets with parchment paper. Using an ice cream scoop, drop onto the cookie sheets, leaving at least an inch between each cookie. These cookies don't spread, so the shape it is in when you put it in the oven is the shape it will be when it's cooked. The cookies I made are very round, so next time I will probably mash the top down slightly to make them a little flatter. You'll get about 15 cookies. Bake for 30-35 minutes. 

These taste a lot like banana nut bread. Really good warm, but also good later on if they last that long...

Here are a few varieties if you don't like cranberries or walnuts:

  • dried apricots and pecans
  • dried blueberries and almonds
  • coconut and macadamia nuts
  • dried ginger and pine nuts

Use whatever combination you like and they'll be delicious.