Breakfast/ Dessert

Breakfast Cookies

tSometimes you want cookies for breakfast. And that should be ok. I mean, we are all adults, right? We can make adult-type decisions that include eating ridiculous and unhealthy things for breakfast. And then the adult part of our brain kicks in and reminds us that cookies probably aren’t the most nutritious choice for one of the most important meals of the day.

 Joel has been asking me to make him some for months – he gets up at 3:30 every morning to go to work, doesn’t want to get up even earlier to take the time to make and eat breakfast. The cafeteria at the hospital does serve breakfast, but there isn’t a lot to choose from at 4 in the morning, and most of what they have anyway are things like biscuits and gravy and eggs with bacon. Delicious, yes, but not exactly what you should eat for breakfast every morning. I’ve been trying to find a good breakfast that he can grab and eat in the car on his way to work, and we both thought that breakfast cookies would be the way to go!

The hard part about breakfast cookies is that so many people throw some peanut butter and oats into a cookie and call it “breakfast”. We wanted something that was mostly healthy and packed full of protein!  I’ve been looking at recipes for a while now, but just haven’t been too thrilled with what I have found. This recipe looked to be a good place to start, though, so we decided to dive right in. They were super simple to throw together, and packed with delicious things like dried fruit, oats, peanut butter, and  pumpkin seeds. They turned out to be pretty tasty, too! I really liked the pumpkin seeds in them, and they pretty much tasted like a peanut butter cookie with lots of fun extras thrown in! Joel said they were good, and easy to eat on his way to work, but didn’t last too long before he was hungry again. Cookies just don’t make a good meal. ๐Ÿ™‚ Ladybug, however, thought cookies for breakfast was the best thing ever.

Breakfast Cookies

by The Gingered Whisk
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Keywords: bake breakfast snack
Ingredients (1 dozen)
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 5 TBSP ground flax seeds
  • 6 TBSP water
  • 1 1/4 cup flour or multi-grain cereal mix
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2-3 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup unsalted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

+ Note: I only had salted pumpkin seeds, so I used those and omitted the additional salt in the recipe. I also used a dried fruit mix, because that is what I had in my cabinets. You may use whatever combination of dried fruit you have/like.+

    Preheat oven to 350F.
    In a small bowl, mix together the flax seed and water and set aside.
    In a large mixing bowl, mix together the oil, brown sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla until light and fluffy.
    In the big mixing bowl (with the wet ingredients) add the flax seed mixture, the cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and flour. Mix until just combined.
    Stir in the oats, dried fruit, and seeds.
    Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat or parchment paper and drop the dough onto the cookie sheet in either 2 Tablespoonfuls (for small cookies) or in 1/3 cup scoops (for large cookies).
    Bake for 10 minutes (small cookies) or 17 minutes (large cookies).
    Let stand for 3 minutes on the cookie sheet before removing.
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     (Loving Life)


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    February 25, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Glad you enjoyed these….I agree…they are not filling as a breakfast. I have made them to use as a snack between soccer games because they're filled with good things that will help fuel them. Thanks for your kind words.

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    February 25, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Love any take on healthy and delicious cookies — these look great!

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    February 25, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    I will never say no to cookies for breakfast

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    April Tuell
    February 25, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    I love serving these kind of cookies for breakfast. (I have a similar recipe) My family always thinks they're getting dessert, when in fact it's healthy for them. Yours turned out looking great.

    I'm sorry to see you leave the club, but understand your reasoning. Take care and drop by to visit us! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    February 25, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Very sad to see you leave the group, but I will always come by, as you know by now ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I subscribe to your feed, and although I don't always comment, I love to see what you've been up to

    Life sometimes is just too hectic, so you must follow the path of least resistance, wherever that takes you…

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    February 25, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Those do look delicious and hearty, like a breakfast should be! We'll miss you in the SRC, but understand the different seasons of life. What an excellent recipe to end on. Blessings!

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    Sarah E.
    February 25, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Yum! PUMPKIN SEEDS! I would eat these in a heartbeat ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Reveal Day!

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    Shari TheSaucyGourmet
    February 25, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Jenni, you will be missed by all at SRC :-(. These breakfast cookie look awesome!

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    February 25, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Sorry to hear you're leaving the SRC… I can totally relate to having a life so hectic that even one scheduled post a month feels like too much, though. Hopefully things will calm down soon.
    Also, I totally love the idea of having a cookie for breakfast. I'm saving these to try out soon, because they sound perfect for baking on the weekend and then packing up for work!

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    February 25, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Love the idea of cookies for breakfast! We will miss you.

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    February 26, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Jenni you will be deeply missed at the SRC! I am so glad I got to meet you through this club and I look forward to following you in the future as it sounds like you have some exciting stuff coming up for you! HUGS! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    February 26, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    I'm with Ladybug on this one…cookies for breakfast is the best thing ever!! Sorry to hear you are leaving SRC! Great pick for your last post, though ๐Ÿ™‚

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    A Cooks Quest
    February 26, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    I really like this recipe! I looks tasty and healthy at the same time, perfect for a quick breakfast option. Thank you for sharing it!

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    February 26, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    I am glad I got your before your last SRC posting. We loved the ribs!

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    February 27, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    These look wonderful! Can't beat cookies for breakfast.

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    February 28, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Hi Jenni! Those cookies look delicious! I know what you mean about struggling to fit stuff in. In fact, I came here to apologise for not making anything for your AMAZING Daring Cooks challenge last month. I actually have bought sausage casings & am hoping to make sausages sometime soon, as well as lots of sourdough cakes! Hope you're well. x

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    March 1, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    I eat cookies for breakfast regardless! LOL. At least this way, it`s healthier! ๐Ÿ˜€ Love this idea!

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    March 4, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    cookies for breakfast for the win!!!!! yum!

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    March 5, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Cookies for breakfast! Now THAT is what I call a smart SRC pick! mmmmm ๐Ÿ™‚

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    March 21, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Breakfast cookies are a much better food than the dreaded breakfast burrito! Haha

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    March 21, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Breakfast cookies are a much better idea than the dreaded breakfast burrito!! Haha

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