Thursday, September 25, 2014

Oh-So-Versatile Chewy Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies - Breakfast 5 Ways series (DAY 4)

Salut! :)
Here we are with yet another delicious breakfast recipe! And yes, you did read right, breakfast cookies. These are so tasty and chewy, they taste just like Grandma's own oatmeal cookies! They pack a punch of protein and fibre, and are so versatile, you can mix and match pretty much every ingredient to make them your own. 

Chewy Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
Makes 2 dozens
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (almonds, cashews, macadamia, etc.)
  • 3/4 cups dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, strawberries, etc. Can also be substituted for chocolate chips!)
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds or flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (can be substituted for any seeds)
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cups peanut butter, or any other nut butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey

  1. Preheat the oven to 325F. 
  2. Combine the dry ingredients with the banana in a large bowl.
  3. Melt together the peanut butter, coconut oil and honey on low heat or in the microwave for 30-50 seconds (the mixture doesn't have to be perfectly melted; better leave some unmelted chunks than burn it). 
  4. Combine everything together, then scoop 1-2 in. balls on a baking sheet, and pack the cookies firmly together so they don't fall apart while baking. You will also need to flatten them, as these cookies won't spread! Bake for 17 minutes.

Sara's note: These cookies are so versatile; you can change the ingredients around each time that you make them and have a completely new flavour. The sky's the limit! :) They make great snacks to grab on the go as well.
Why it’s good for you:
Sunflower seeds are extremely rich in selenium, a source that controls cell damage and thus significantly prevents cancer. The little seeds are also filled with magnesium, which soothes nerves, keeps you relaxed, and repels migraines. The abundance of vitamin E also keeps you glowing and your skin looking bright and young!

Coconut oil is amongst one of the best unrefined oils in the world. Its (good) saturated fats are loaded with healing properties, such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing qualities. Its minerals relieve stress, maintain cholesterol levels, boost the immune system, aid weight loss (and much more!), all while helping to improve dental quality and bone strength. 

Bananas contain a unique mix of vitamins, minerals, and low glycemic carbohydrates that enhances athletic performance, benefits the digestive system, and lowers blood pressure so effectively that studies show it substantially reduces the risk of stroke!

We hope that you enjoy this delicious recipe, let us know if you've tried it!

Stay tuned for the final day (5) of our Breakfast 5 Ways series!


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