Part of my campaign for a healthier year is to make more breakfast options for the boys before school. During the summer I get lax and allow them to eat cereal when they want, but even though I buy relatively healthy cereals I still don’t want that to be what they go to school on.
Hence the breakfast cookie I’ve seen posts for this before and thought, “Seriously? That can’t be good.” But I am here to testify that while, no, it’s not as nutritious as a bowl of oatmeal, these cookies are still a far better cry than most boxed cereals. Plus they are packed with protein, fiber, and iron. Also, you can easily leave out the chocolate chips and/or switch out the fruit for some other kind.
I felt really good giving these to my kids for breakfast along with a banana and some yogurt, and I find myself eating these most mornings when I am busy or just don’t want to bother cooking.
3 small ripe bananas, mashed
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup water
3 egg whites
1 2/3 cup flour (1/2 unbleached & 1/2 whole wheat) *(- 1 1/3 T)
1 1/3 T corn starch
1/3 tsp baking soda
1/3 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups quick oats
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1. Preheat oven to 350*
2. Using a mixer, combine mashed banana, lightly beaten egg whites, peanut butter, honey, water, and sugar until smooth.
3. *After removing 1 1/3 T of the flour, replace it with the same amount of corn starch and sift together thoroughly. This combination works just as well as pastry flour. However, if you have (whole wheat) pastry flour on hand, the measurements would be 1 1/3 cup all-purpose and 1/3 cup pastry flour. Combine flour with salt and baking soda.
4. Stir the flour mixture into the banana mixture. Add the oats, walnuts, chocolate chips, and fruit. Dough will be dense.
5. Scoop onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet, and using a wooden spoon, shape the dough into circular shapes, slightly flattened on the tops. Bake for 15 minutes, or until tops are slightly browned. Makes 15 large cookies.
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