THE (BREAKFAST) COOKIE MONSTER — Nutritionista
Who doesn’t love cookies? I mean, really, is there a more universally adored food? Probably not. What if I told you that it’s possible to eat a cookie every day for breakfast that’s nutritious, filling, and won’t leave you sluggish like some other morning pastries? If you’re skeptical, that’s fair. But hear me out!
Ms. Fitnessista introduced me to the breakfast cookie a few months ago and it was love at first bite. Breakfast cookies can contain the same thing as your morning bowl of oats, but the texture makes them taste indulgent. They end up tasting more like cookie dough than a baked cookie, but who doesn’t like the dough better anyway? They come in at around 300-400 calories, depending on the ingredients, which is the perfect amount for a hearty breakfast. The best part is that they only take about 5 minutes to make (though you’ll need to make it ahead of time).
To create your own cookie, you’ll need to start with a base of four items: about 1/3 C rolled oats, 1/8 C milk of your choice (I use soy or almond), 1 T nut butter of your choice (I use almond), and 1/2 serving protein powder of your choice (I’ve been using hemp). For a bigger cookie, increase quantities of everything. The oats provide fiber and healthy carbs, the nut butter adds healthy fat and a bit of protein, the protein powder adds more protein, and the milk binds everything together.
That’s just where the recipe begins. To make the cookie your own, add any mix-ins you like! Some ideas:
- Dried fruit
- Pureed pumpkin or squash
- Mashed banana or other mashable fruit
- Sweet spices like cinnamon and nutmeg
- Shredded coconut
- Ground flaxseed or chia seed
- Dark chocolate chips
- Healthy cereals
My favorite mix-ins are mashed banana (gives it sweetness), flaxseed (for added fiber), and coconut (for taste and texture), but go wild!
After you’ve combined all the ingredients in a bowl, spread the mixture onto a small appetizer-sized plate. Let the cookie harden in the fridge overnight and enjoy the next morning with a spoon. I make this in the evening when I know I’ll be pressed for time in the morning I’m always thrilled to wake up to it. If you use a disposable plate, you can even take the cookie with you! Let me know if you create any amazing breakfast cookie recipes, but in the mean time, here’s the recipe for the one I enjoyed this morning:
COCONANA BREAKFAST COOKIE (makes one serving)
- 1/3 C rolled oats
- 1 T almond butter
- 1/8 C almond milk (or as much as you need to wet everything just slightly)
- 1/2 mashed banana
- 1-2 T shredded coconut
- 1 T flaxseed
- 2 T hemp protein powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon