Saturday, September 8, 2012

Breakfast Cookies—For Back to School (with Pictorial)


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Summer will be ending soon, and it’ll be that time of the year again—Back to School!  Last year, I send this little guy back to school after the summer break.  This year around, I’m sending both my Little Boy and my Baby Girl back to school.  Since they both attended the summer session, their summer break were rather short. 

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What is the best way to jump start a back to school morning?  How about cookies for breakfast?  Oh yeah. I’m sure your kids would appreciate that, any time of the year and not just for back to school.  For all those health conscious parents out there, don’t worry, you’re packing some wholesome goodness for your kids in these awesome Breakfast Cookies.  These Breakfast Cookies are sugar free, egg free, flour free, and worry free.  Plus, you can make a batch without any special equipment in about half an hour.  Of course, I baked these the night before, not the morning of the first day of school.  

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Want to come into the kitchen with me to bake up a batch?  Come on over.

1) In a medium mixing bowl, mash 2 ripe bananas with a fork (I’m telling you, it’s the best way to use up those ripe bananas! hehe…)
2) Until they look like this
3) Add the oats, cranberries, coconut oil, vanilla extract, mini chocolate chips and kosher salt.  Mix until well incorporated.  Allow the batter to sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
4) With a mini ice cream scoop (about 1 tablespoon), place the batter onto a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Bake for 20 to 25 Minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.

Pictorial

Simple enough, right?  You can store the baked cookies in the fridge or in the freezer for later enjoyment.  The edges of these cookies are slightly crisp and the center is moist and chewy.  I absolutely love them. 

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You know what else is good?  Dunk them in the milk!  Oh yeah.  These are the best, yet simple, healthy and yummy breakfast ever!  Best of all, your kids will go crazy about them and you would feel great letting them indulge with these Breakfast Cookies.  I hope you all have a smooth and happy Back to School week. 

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Breakfast Cookies:  (Printable Recipe)
(Makes 24 Cookies)

2 bananas (preferably ripe or spotty bananas)
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
3/4 cup dried cranberries
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium mixing bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Then, mix the remaining ingredients into the bananas until well combined.

Allow the batter to sit for 5 to 10 minutes.  With a mini ice cream scoop (about 1 tablespoon), place the batter onto a Silpat or parchment-lined baking sheet.

Bake for 20 to 25 Minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.

46 comments:

  1. It's a great snack to munch as well too!

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    1. hehe...oh yes, they are. They were gone pretty quickly.

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  2. Yummy!! I want to make this snack too :)

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    1. Let me know how they turn out if you try. :)

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  3. Oh perfect!! Trying to test less flour...how about when your little ones are at school, I come over and eat these,

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    1. hehe...you're welcome, anytime. So, we can have "lunch for two" (not lonely as one) and some cookies after lunch. ;)

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  4. I think I would be happy to eat all of this at step #3:)

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    1. hehe...yes, step #3 was where I started the "tasting", for quality control purposes! But try really hard to move on to step #4 cos the crunches from the edges are amazing. ;)

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  5. Yes, they are delicious and healthy enough to be my breakfast too!

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    1. Oh yes...I feel great after eating these for breakfast. ;)

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  6. Omgoodness I HAVE to try these. I love cookies, but loathe the amount of butter usually used. But these are perfect, plus it's banana and oats! yum! Thanks for sharing =D

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    1. Yes, these are much healthier than regular cookies. ;) Best of all, my kids love them too.

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  7. Oh yum! These look great, I could probably get my husband to eat a healthy breakfast if they are cookies!

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    1. hehe...yes, now my kids are hooked to these healthy cookies. ;)

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  8. I wonder if she realizes that she says add the oaks, and not add the oats... That had me a little confused for a while...

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    1. hahaha...thanks for catching the typo. ;) Note to self: never write a blog post in the middle of the night when I'm half asleep. ;P

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  9. Cookies for breakfast? Oooh, now we are talkin'! ;)

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    1. Oh yeah...I'm glad my kids love these for breakfast too. ;)

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  10. These look great! And guess what - I have bananas and oatmeal to use! Perfect timing!

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  11. I wish I could have cookies for breakfast everyday.. that would be so awesome. Plus these have fruit so they're pretty healthy, right, right? :)

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    1. Yes, these are pretty healthy. I didn't add sugar in them, they are already sweet enough from the banana, cranberries and chocolate chips. They are considered very healthy in my standard. hehehe...so, go have some cookies for breakfast!

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  12. Your kids are the luckiest bunch in the world. Be careful, I might take up that invitation to come over and bake, because these look absolutely delish! Thanks for sharing, and hope you're having a great start-of-school week.

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    1. Thank you so much. Oh, it's always more fun to bake and eat with great companies! ;) Hope you're having a wonderful week too.

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  13. I have 2 ripe bananas, will make it tomorrow, it looks yummy and healthy!

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    1. Thank you for trying. Don't forget to let me know how they turned out.

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  14. I wish I had 2 or 3 for breakfast right now! These look so delicious and what a great way to start the day.

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    1. Oh yeah...I think I can eat these for breakfast everyday. They are so good.

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  15. Oh wow... Those look absolutely amazing!!! Great recipe and tutorial!

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  16. Oh wow... Those look absolutely amazing!!! Great recipe and tutorial!

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    1. Thank you. Glad you enjoy the tutorial.

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  17. These are healthy lunch box treats for kids to indulge... Yum!

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    1. Oh yeah....my kids are so happy to see these in the morning too. ;) Wish you a wonderful week.

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  18. Wow Amy, these cookies sure sound and look great...and you are right, perfect for breakfast :)
    Love the pictures...have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thank you, Juliana. Glad you enjoy the pictures. Have a wonderful week.

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  19. I made these last night and turned them into Vegan Breakfast Cookies. :) http://lifestooshorttoskipdessert.blogspot.com/2012/09/vegan-breakfast-cookies.html

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    1. Thank you for trying the recipe. :) I that your turn them into Vegan Ones with the vegan chocolate.

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  20. Hi Amy! There are always some delicious thing waiting here on your blog. I wish I have them at the breakfast table then my morning routine will be no pain! I'd be in fact singing a happy song. Hm, I have no choice but making my own. I need to buy coconut oil, which seems to be the only one missing! Thank you for this recipe!

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    1. Thanks, Nami. Hope I can send some cookies over your way. You should be able to find the coconut oil at a health food store or the health food isle in a local market. It's way more healthy than butter so I've been using it quite a bit in my recipes lately. ;)

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  21. This seems like a beautiful gluten free cookies. I bet your kids are loving them.
    Kristy

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    1. Thanks, Kristy. :) Yes, these are so simple to make too. Have a wonderful week.

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  22. I just made these and they are AWESOME! I couldn't resist and downed 3! hehe. Definitely not the last time I make them...thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much for trying the recipe. :) You have very good self control. I think I ate 5 when these came out of the oven. :P hehe...

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  23. Stumbled on these looking for a healthy cookie- they are sooooo... GOOD!
    Have a couple of pickys- so made 1 batch with just chocolate chips and another batch with dried cranberries, and raisins- they were all inhaled in a short time- each picky was very happy with thier cookies. I like both, and had trouble staying out of them.
    Thanks for the Great Recipe!!

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    1. Thank you so much for trying the recipe. I'm so glad to hear that you love them. These are my favorites cookies to bake through out the year!

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