We are not a morning family. Well, not unless there is surfing involved. So now that my daughter has to be at her desk at school by 8 am, I am looking for some serious ways to speed up our morning routine. That is where these breakfast cookies come in.
I needed to come up with a healthy breakfast that could be prepared in advance, and eaten swiftly on school mornings. I wanted it to contain plenty of protein, some carbohydrates, and a little fat, without any added sugar.
- have higher attendance and less tardiness at school
- get better test scores
- have better concentration
- display increased problem-solving abilities
- have improved muscle coordination
- are less likely to be overweight
- are more likely to get enough calcium in their diet
Those are some seriously good reasons to make sure your children eat before school. However, making your youngsters eat breakfast is easier said than done.
These breakfast cookies, full of banana, peanut butter, and oats, are a great source of energy for body and mind. The only sweeteners are from fruits (banana, applesauce, and raisins), but they don’t have that rubbery texture that sometimes comes with using applesauce. Plus, they have a good dose of omega-3 fatty acids from the flax seed. And because they look and taste like cookies, it should be easier to persuade your little ones to eat them in the morning.
- 1 large ripe banana
- ½ cup crunchy peanut butter
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup oats
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup ground flax seed
- ⅔ cup raisins
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mash the banana in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the peanut butter, applesauce, and vanilla extract, and stir well.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and flax seed.
- Pour the dry ingredients into the wet, and mix until fully combined.
- Add the raisins and stir well.
- Form balls with the batter and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Press them down slightly to make cookie shapes (they will not change shape in the oven).
- Bake for 12-14 minutes, then remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack to cool.