Apple, spices and chopped nuts give these chewy morsels a warm flavor that’s perfect for fall. While they’re nicknamed “breakfast cookies” because of their appearance, they’re full of ingredients that are good for you. Unlike most recipes for breakfast baked goods, this one doesn’t require flour, processed sugar or eggs. Mashed bananas, apple and honey provide natural sweetness and allow the ingredients to bind together. Oats give them a chewy texture and dose of fiber.
While these cookies are a wonderful complement to a cup of tea or coffee on a lazy weekend morning, they’re also ideal for a healthy and convenient on-the-go breakfast. One batch makes sixteen cookies, and a serving of one or two cookies will keep you full for quite a while. Make a batch on Sunday, and store the cookies in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. You’ll have breakfast for the entire week! With no heating or utensils necessary, these are perfect to eat during your commute.
As the kids head back to school, you might be looking for easy things to pack for snacks or quick breakfasts they can eat before they head out for the day. Kids will love these since they’ll feel like they’re eating a treat, even though they’re actually healthy!
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed until creamy
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats, uncooked
- 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1 apple, peeled and diced
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two cookie trays with parchment paper. (Parchment paper is important to minimize sticking.)
- In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas, applesauce, vanilla, spices and honey.
- Add the oats, stirring well. Allow mixture to sit for about 10 minutes to soften the oats.
- Stir in chopped walnuts and apple.
- Drop dough on cookie sheets using a small ice cream scoop. Slightly flatten balls of dough to create circles ¼ - ½” thick.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until cookies are golden and slightly firm. Cookies are chewy, so they will not get crispy edges.
- Makes approximately 16 cookies.
Shopping tip: If you live in the Bensalem, Pennsylvania area, Giant on Street Road sells diced walnuts in the bulk aisle. This can be a great way to save money since you’re able to buy exactly the amount you want for a recipe.
Ingredient tip: Over-ripe bananas are best for baking because they are the sweetest. If your bananas start to turn soft or get brown spots, simply remove the peels and freeze in freezer-safe bags until you’re ready to bake.
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