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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Breakfast Cookies

 I just put Breakfast and Cookie in the same sentence.. two of my favorite words!

My good friend/running motivator Jill and I were discussing some of our favorite blogs 
(on gchat while working obviously)  
and she sent me the link to a blog she likes to read.... The Fitnessista.  
I am not entirely sure how to pronounce that, but she is posting about breakfast cookies so I decided not to get too hung up on the pronunciation.

Let me start by saying I cannot bake if my life depended on it.  But.. these looked simple and I had all the ingredients I needed at home.  It seemed easy, empty out your cabinet... dump into a mixing bowl... mush into cookie shape and bake for ten minutes.

Even I can do that (for the most part).

Here is the link to her original post and recipe- I followed her dry ingredients and baking instructions, and switched up the rest.  That is the glory of her breakfast cookies, as long as you follow her "guidelines" you can basically throw what ever you want in these suckers!

Dry Ingredients (The Basics) 
 2 cups of oats
 Teaspoonish of cinnamon (I am too lazy to accurately measure, and I love cinnamon)
Teaspoonish of vanilla extract (if im feeling ambitious I will use the cap to sort of measure)
1 Teaspoon of baking powder 
Dash of salt
2 Packets of Truvia

Mix all of your dry ingredients together in a large bowl and then add in the extras
(Now this is where I got a little crazy)

The Add Ins
Handful of chocolate chips 
Handfulof shredded coconut
Handful of chopped dates
Handful of pomegranate crasins
Handful of Chia seeds
Some flax seed for good measure 

The "Wet" Ingredients
2 Mashed bananas
1 egg

(You are supposed to add a 1/2 cup of any nut butter  i.e. peanut butter or something, but I am awful at following directions and forgot about this- they still turned out awesome!)

In a small bowl I mashed two riped bananas (she used apple sauce but I didn't have any and I love bananas).  Add the mushy banana, that serves as your "butter" to your concoction along with 1 egg and mix well.

I used my hands to form little cookie patties, and placed them on a foil lined greased baking sheet at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.

They came out of the oven and a left them alone for 20 minutes to cool (torture)
 One bite and I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious they were and how much they resembled an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie without the usual flour, butter, or sugar.  

I ended up storing them in a sealed tupperware over night which ended up making them a little soggy the next day.  I figured this was better than a dry cookie, so I shoved my soggy breakfast under the broiler for a few minutes and out came a warm and melty cookie.

I had one before work and one at 10 am at my desk, and was pleasantly surprised at how filling and satisfying they were.

Fitnessista made 8 cookies and included some kind of a nut butter so her cookies were just over 200 calories a piece.  I made mine smaller, about 10 cookies, and left out the peanut butter (oops) so I am going to guess mine were a little lighter on the calories.

Can't wait to make up different combinations and throw in the peanut butter. 

Try them out and let me know what kind of combinations you used!

Thanks Fitnessista - can't wait to try out your other recipes!  

P.S.  My Lululemon headband and running pants came in the mail today, can't wait to try them out in my run later.  I haven't taken the pants off since I tried them on yesterday so that's a good sign....

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