breakfast cookies

 

I like make-ahead breakfasts. These cookies are for breakfast. You say “A Cookie for breakfast?”  Yes, a cookie for breakfast.  These hearty breakfast cookies full of good foods that fill you up and keep you happy until lunch time.

North Coast Naturals recently sent me a boat load of products to try. We’ve been blending smoothies and sprinkling hemp seeds on everything lately.

northcoast naturalsMy sous-chef was really excited.

I’m really excited too. North Coast Naturals is a Canadian company. Their products are plant-based and certified organic. Look at all the good stuff we got to try.  AND… you should be excited too because I have a surprise next week. So check back soon.

The product that I was most intrigued by was Daily Cleanse. I just knew I could use this stuff to add some extra nutrition to our everyday baked goods. Daily Cleanse is a whole-food, high-fiber supplement full of both soluble and insoluble fiber and EFAs. It also has a good dose of probiotics (but since I’m baking these, I’m pretty sure those aren’t doing me any good this time). I like that the Daily Cleanse is made from whole foods like chia, flax, chicory root, brown rice and psyllium fiber. Stuff I recognize and know.

I’ve been trying to get my weekday runs  done in the mornings. But I’m finding the mornings really rushed and I have less time to get myself ready for work. Packing my lunch and eating breakfast is tough.  Having everything made ahead of  time has become very important to me. These hearty breakfast cookies are perfect for taking with me as I head out the door. I love the nuts and seeds in these cookies. They are not overly sweet but have a good molasses flavour. They freeze well too, which is great way to plan breakfast ahead of time. With a batch of cookies stashed in my freezer I have no one less excuse to not get up and get that run in before I go to work.

Here is how you make them:

Breakfast Cookies with North Coast Naturals
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup Daily Cleanse
  • 1/4 cup sesame seed
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (unsalted)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (unsalted)
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup while sugar
  • 1/2 cup grapeseed oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 banana mashed
  • 2 egg replacer (2 teaspoons egg replacer with 4 tablespoons water)
  • 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl combine oats, wheat flour, baking powder, daily cleanse, seeds, cinnamon, white sugar and walnuts.
  3. Prepare egg replacer in a small bowl and add to it: molasses, oil, mashed banana and vanilla.
  4. Add wet ingredients to the dry and mix well to combine. Dough should stick together.
  5. Press dough into large cookies and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake 20-23 minutes at 350, until cookies are golden brown around the edges and firm in the middle.
  6. Allow to cool completely before freezing.
  7. Tip: Wrap each cookie in plastic wrap before freezing so they are easy to grab and go.