Well here is my first baking post. Just to let you know….I love baking. I love everything that goes along with it up to and including grocery shopping. I don’t enjoy the money that I have to spend on being vegan and buying fruits that are an astronomical price but I love just wandering around and seeing all the different foods and products there are.
So I also have found a love for Pinterest. I think that a place you can go to look at beautiful pictures and find common interests with others is awesome. I also love that, since I am not the most creative person and generally don’t know I am looking for something until I have found it, all those cool and different things are just waiting for discovery. Especially recipes, although there aren’t as many vegan ones as I could hope for.
So I was on Pinterest just wandering through all the different food pictures when I found…wait for it…Breakfast Cookies! I mean the name alone is what stopped me. Cookies for breakfast? Who’s mom would ever have let that happen? So I of course had to re-pin it to my board and promise myself to make it.
So the Breakfast Cookies from Watching What I Eat is my first baking post. Yummy! I am not really a normal breakfast eater. I don’t sit and eat before work. I am a grab and go type person. I have 8 ounces of chocolate soy milk before the gym, then coffee and a little something in the car on the way to work and fruit as a mid-morning snack. The car ride is where I need my protein and carbs to start the brain for the work day.
Cookies it is 🙂
So I followed the recipe exactly but added more cinnamon and raisins. I also used bananas that I had frozen the month before. I love freezing bananas, but just a warning to those who are new to defrosting them. They will be black, gooey and have a lot of juice. They are still good-great even, because they are even sweeter when defrosted. For my first post, I wanted to be exact since I normally am not. I like to add more fruit to my baked goods so I feel better about eating so much of them.
Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies, 16 cookies
1 C Applesauce, unsweetened
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Cinnamon, or more to taste
1 1/2 C Oatmeal, uncooked quick or old-fashioned
2 Bananas, mashed
1/3 C Raisins
1/4 C Walnuts, chopped
Step 1: Set oven for 350°
Step 2: Mix vanilla and cinnamon with applesauce until combined.
Step 3: Mix all other ingredients together. Blend well then let sit for 10 minutes.
Step 4: While batter is sitting, line two cookie sheets with Parchment paper.
Step 5: Drop carefully your batter by a large spoonful onto the covered sheet. The directions say they will make 12 large or 16 regular size cookies. I got 16 and they were pretty good size.
Step 6: Bake for 30-35 minutes.
Step 7: Let cool before removing.
So my cookies turned out good, but 30 minutes of baking was too much. Mine burned on the bottom, but thankfully didn’t ruin the taste. They had a strange texture, I don’t really know why, but as I kept eating them for breakfast during the week I began to get used to it. I ended up really like them. I do think that more spice would be good, whether it be more cinnamon or nutmeg as they were a little bland…but, let me tell you the best thing about these cookies was that I had no blood sugar spike after them. I didn’t want more like after you eat sugary cookies. There are no sugar products in these, so it was all natural and I loved that about them!
I portioned them into 3 cookie servings over five days which was perfect. The last my whole 25 minute drive every day to work, which was nice.
I decided to try these with peanut butter, which will be in another post, to see if I could make them better or see if the texture would be any different.
Totals Per Cookie
Total Fat: 1.7 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 3.1 mg
Potassium: 85 mg
Total Carbs: 12.6 g
Protein: 1.4 g
**Allergy Warning: Please if you can’t eat nuts, apples, bananas or oats…use a different ingredient. I used what works for me, please use what works for you.
Do you have a cool and tasty breakfast treat? Let me know what it is and I will update you with my PB Cookies.