|Cocoa Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies ~ Another great way to eat your breakfast cookies. These also include protein powder & carob chips, so you get a double hit of chocolate flavor & some extra protein. What a great way to start your day!|
I think I got a bit carried way when making this next Banana Oat Breakfast Cookie...but, it's so easy to do. I start thinking of all the things I would normally put in a bowl of oatmeal & then I start thinking outside the box, er...I mean bowl. I thought about how to get more protein into the cookie ~ maybe make it with more of a traditional cookie flavor, maybe add some chocolate flavor...and so on, and so on.
Well, here is my next recipe ~ Cocoa Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies & I think it's another winner. I used unsweetened cocoa powder, instant coffee & carob chips to get a chocolate flavor and I used protein powder to pack more of a nutritional punch. These are wonderful right out of the oven ~ the carob chips get nice & soft & gooey...yummm. The chips took on a wonderful dark chocolate/brown sugar flavor & the whole thing reminded me of a double chocolate chip cookie, only healthier/chewier. There just seems to be no end to the ways you can change up this Breakfast Cookie ~ & still no flour, eggs, dairy or sugar. Very cool!
I like making these Cocoa Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies a bit smaller than the other two recipes I've come up with. Personal preference ~ but, if you like 'em big, make 'em big. :) Wonder what kind the next batch of Breakfast Cookies will be? :)
Cocoa Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies
makes 14 BIG cookies or 24-30 regular sized cookies
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 Tbsp cocoa powder, unsweetened
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp instant coffee, mixed in 2 Tbsp hot water until completely dissolved
- 1 1/2 cups oatmeal, quick or old fashioned
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed with fork until creamy
- 1/3 cup chopped dates (or raisins if you prefer)
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 4 Tbsp ground flax
- 4 Tbsp carob chips
- 4 Tbsp oat bran
Mix vanilla extract, cinnamon, cocoa powder & instant coffee/water into the applesauce until well blended.
Mix applesauce mixture with all other ingredients in a big bowl & let sit for 10 minutes.
Drop cookie dough, by spoonfuls, onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet & flatten cookies into rounds.
Bake approx. 20-30 minutes, (depending on size of cookie) or until done they will turn a deep golden brown.
Let cookies cool on rack & then store in a covered container.
Make sure to try some of these when they are still warm ~ really yummy!