Fruit and nut breakfast cookies

fruit and nut breakfast cookies I have experimented with many breakfast bars and “cookies” over the last couple years and was usually disappointed with the results. They were either too bland, had too much sugar or didn’t hold together well. This recipe can be modified quite a bit to include the kinds of nuts, seeds and dried fruits you prefer. I am already thinking of ways to use my favorite dried apples in the next version!

This is one cookie that you don’t have to feel guilty about eating for breakfast!

Makes 8 large cookies

Ingredients

3/4 C Quick cooking oats

3/4 C Oat bran

1/2 C Unsweetened coconut flakes

1 TBS Chia Seeds

1/2 Tsp Cinnamon

1/4 Tsp Salt

1/4 C Walnuts, chopped

1/4 C Sunflower seeds

1/4 C Golden raisins

1/4 C Pitted dates, chopped

1/4 C Unsweetened dried cherries, chopped

2 Very ripe bananas, mashed

1/4 C Coconut oil, melted

1 TBS Honey

1 Tsp Vanilla paste (pure vanilla extract will work as well)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a silpat on a large baking sheet (you can also line with parchment or rub a small amount of coconut oil directly on the pan to prevent sticking)

In a large bowl, combine all the dried ingredients (oats through salt). Add dried fruit and nuts being sure to stir well so the fruit doesn’t clump together.

Add the mashed banana, coconut oil, honey and vanilla to the bowl and stir well to combine. Use your hands to form eight cookies. Cook for approximately 20 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown slightly. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet.

These cookies freeze very well. Just thaw in the refrigerator overnight or put one in the microwave for approximately 20 seconds to thaw.


Apple Date Bites

Apple Date BitesEating healthy doesn’t mean that you have to eat bland, uninspired food. This recipe was something I came up with as a mid-morning snack. These Apple Date Bites have a natural sweetness from the dates and apples and it’s almost like having a “treat” (as my daughter would say). I buy all my dried nuts and fruits in bulk from www.nuts.com. They have a great selection and super fast shipping. Most importantly, I love that I can get dried fruits that aren’t full of added sugars and oils (unlike the selection at most grocery stores). This recipe is very easy to play with and you can easily substitute other fruits for the apple like dried cherries or apricots. Have fun and experiment!

Makes approximately 14 balls / seven servings

Ingredients

1 C pitted dates

1 C apple rings, unsweetened

1/2 C roasted unsalted cashews

1/4 tsp cinnamon

pinch cardamon (optional)

1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste (you can sub a good quality pure vanilla extract)

1/4 C shredded coconut, unsweetened

Combine everything but the coconut in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture comes together. You don’t want a smooth paste but rather a chunky consistency. Roll into 14 individual 1″ balls and then roll in coconut. Store in freezer for up to 2 weeks.