Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Breakfast Cookies

Good Morning! Hopefully you all had a good weekend. I am just coming back to work today since I was at my friends wedding this weekend which by the way the most amazing culinary experience of my life. I've never experienced such a large and tasty cocktail hour ever. This resulted in a mondo food overload though which requires some healthier eating to make up for it. These "cookies" could probably do it. They really could be eaten any time of the day too. They are totally suitable as breakfast, or part of your lunch (or dinner), a snack, or dessert! Although, I would eat a huge bowl of the chocolatey-est cookie dough for breakfast so personally, I don't need a "healthier" version to take it's place. Most people don't participate in those kind of escapades though which is why we have these guys. They remind me of oatmeal raisin cookies with a touch of banana. They are mighty tasty though and don't use any flour, butter, or sugar. All you need is already in the main ingredients.

Breakfast Cookies
Yield ~30 cookies

1 1/2 c oats
3/4 c coconut
1/2 c ground almonds
3/4 cup raisins
1/4 c oil
1 mashed banana
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon maple extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In one bowl mash the banana and mix in the applesauce, oil, salt, cinnamon, clove, vanilla, and maple. Meanwhile toast the almonds to bring out the flavor then place in a plastic bag and mash them into small pieces. Add those to a separate bowl with the oats, coconut, and raisins. Then pour in the liquid mixture to create "dough". Form into small balls about 2 tablespoons large and place on a sprayed cookie sheet. Bake for about 16 minutes until dough is drier.

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