Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Cranberry Oat Breakfast Cookies

I'm using the term "cookies" very loosely here, because these really don't taste like cookies at all. They are, however, a healthy and easy breakfast option you can make the night before and eat on the go. They only take about 5 minutes to make, and you don't even need to heat up your oven!

1 Small very ripe banana
2 TBSP vegan protein powder
3 TBSP Chia Seeds
1/2 Cup oats
small handful of fresh raw cranberries
1-2 tsp cinnamon

*1 tsp of stevia or sugar to sweeten- optional

Simply mash the banana up in a bowl until it is in a liquid-like state. Then mix in protein powder, chia seeds, oats, cranberries, and what ever other ingredients you want to add for flavor. Then just use your hands to mold the mixture into small balls, and press out on a small glass or ceramic plate (if the mixture seems gooey or they start to fall apart, slowly add more oats until they stick together better). Microwave for about 3-4 minutes until the cookies can be picked up off the plate without falling apart. (Be careful not to cook too long, or they will turn into rocks!)

Then just let cool for a minute or two and enjoy! I will note that the cookies aren't very sweet to begin with since I don't typically use any kind of sugar when baking, so with the tart cranberries they might seem bitter to some. This doesn't bother me since I'm not accustomed to eating very much sugar, but If you would prefer for them to be sweeter, you could always add stevia or whatever sugar you like to sweeten them up (I added in this option above).

I have experimented with this recipe and made it a variety of different ways. You can also use raisins, cocoa nibs, nuts, or any kind of dried fruit instead of the cranberries if they are too tart. I always like to add about a teaspoon or two of cinnamon to mine, but you can also add cocoa powder, vanilla, or any other spices you like!

1 comment:

  1. Cookies for Breakfast!? Heck yeah, that's a WIN. Those look delicious and full of plant-powered nutrition. I'm going to have to try them one morning really soon. Thanks!