Today's trends of low calorie crash diets and fasting are not the answer to a healthy life. It is especially important to start the day off with breakfast. I was raised with the notion that Breakfast was the most important meal of the Day. "Breaking the fast" that occurs when we are sleeping sets the tone for your metabolism and appetite for the rest of the day.  I love breakfast foods but my issue is I am not really hungry in the morning until I have been up a few hours and because I am not a morning person I rarely get up early.   

My personal solution has been making Protein Breakfast Cookies. They are filling, healthy and go great with COFFEE!

Here is the latest recipe I have used.    

 

PR-OAT-EIN BREAKFAST COOKIES

PREP TIME 5 MINUTES

COOK TIME 8 MINUTES

TOTAL TIME 13 MINUTES


CALORIES   PROTEIN  FAT   CARBS   SODIUM   FIBER   SUGAR
    280           16g          13g       32g                            6g           8g


Ingredients for 8 cookies

  • Dry Ingredients
    • 2 cups uncooked old fashion oats (NOT instant)
    • 2 scoops (50g of protein) vanilla whey isolate protein
      • I recommend a flavored protein because it is usually lightly sweetened so you do not need to add copious amounts of sugar/honey to the recipe
    • 1/4 cup wheat flour
      • Substitute: oat flour; sorghum flour; fine almond flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Wet Ingredients
    • 1 egg
    • 4oz (123g) unsweetened applesauce
    • 1/2 cup almond butter
      • Sub: peanut butter; cashew butter
    • 1 tablespoon raw honey (I used the Manuka honey with 75% bee pollen for the added health benefits but regular raw honey is just fine and more affordable)
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract **
  • 1/4 dried cherries (or your choice of naturally dried fruit)**
  • 3 tablespoons dark chocolate (sweetened by Stevia not sugar – in order to keep sugar calories lower)**

 

** – optional ingredients.  You can enjoy the recipe without them but they add a ton of flavor.

STEPS

  1. Set ven to 350F.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  3. Mix wet ingredients together in a separate bowl.
  4. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.  Toss in any dried fruit or dark chocolate and mix together.
  5. Evenly divide the batter using a spoon or ice cream scoop onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or silpat, then gently mash down on each circle since the cookies will not rise too much in the oven.
  6. Bake for no more than 8 minutes, then allow them to cool on a towel or a cooling rack.  They will harden and become chewy as they cool.

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