Who said you can’t have cookies for breakfast? As I said before, I love sweets, no matter what time of day. If the butterscotch chip muffins aren’t quite your thing (check my last post) then this breakfast cookie recipe may be just the right for you. There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself once in awhile to the yummy breakfast treats at Starbucks (their new “perfect oatmeal” sounds great!) or Jamba Juice (who also just introduced oatmeal to their menu-I want to try the apple cinnamon!), but it shouldn’t become a daily habit. I’ve recently started experimenting with oatmeal (check out my homemade granola recipe!) and after reading other food blogs, I’ve come up with a quick and simple oatmeal breakfast cookie that is great for busy college students. Here is all you need:
1/2 apple, chopped into small pieces
1/2 banana, mashed
1/2 cup strawberries, chopped into small pieces
1/2 cup-1 cup rolled oats
optional: peanut butter or almond butter (try Barney Butter for a real treat!)
optional: ground flax seed
Directions: Pour oats into a medium size bowl. Add just enough water so that the oats are moist. Stir in apple pieces. Next, add mashed banana and starberries. If you use a nut butter, add a big spoonful to the mix. Combine the ingredients and form it into a cookie or a couple small cookies (the thickness is up to you) Tip: Flatten with a fork if you want your cookie to be thinner. Fold cookie in saran wrap and allow to refrigerate over night.
In the morning, you will have a healthy, delicious breakfast oatmeal cookie! For further enjoyment, sprinkle some cinnamon, sugar or nutmeg (or all three!) on top of the cookie. A bit of jam or jelly spread on top would be tasty too!
Tip: The addition of peanut butter really helps the ingredients stay together but it is not necessary. Feel free to add in other berries such as blueberries or raspberries. Also, I haven’t tried this but I think using some canned pumpkin in place of the peanut butter would also help hold the oats and fruits together. Just a suggestion!
Check out these other oatmeal breakfast (or dessert!) ideas I’ve found: Morning Oatmeal Cookie, Breakfast Cookie, Ellie Krieger’s Breakfast Cookies, Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes, Breakfast Oatmeal Cookies, The BEST Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Thick, Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies, Baked Oatmeal with Apples, Bananas & Walnuts, Donna’s Carrot Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies and Irish Breakfast Scone Cookies.