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Banana Almond Breakfast Cookies

Update:  I changed the name from Bars to Cookies.  Why did I put bars I have no idea.

Hi!!

I have been really, really trying hard to eat well.  I tend to go through phases where I lose control of my eating and tend to over-do on everything.  Do you ever go through phases like that?  You have to know I am a big cookie person, I love to create them, I love to eat the batter and I love to bake them, so I needed to come up with a cookie that I can have that is guilt-free and the batter had to taste good too!

Banana Almond Breakfast Cookies

So keeping in mind of making them, I grabbed everything healthy that I had on hand to put these little cookies together.  These are not your traditional cookies, these a true, pick me-up and go breakfast cookie.  I loaded these bad boys with banana, maple syrup, flax seed, wheat germ, gluten-free oats, almonds, cinnamon and mixed dried berries that I got from my Nature Box.  But I know dried cherries would be perfect in these cookies, it’s just I couldn’t find my stash of them, so I used mixed dried berries.

Banana Almond Breakfast Cookies

Since my trip to Monterey last week, I have been on a granola nut kick, and I had that in mind while making these cookies, plus I wanted something healthy for my Husband to take for his mid-morning snack, since he doesn’t eat breakfast.  These cookies hit the spot and is everything I was looking for.  I based this recipe on a few other healthy cookies that I have made like my Cinnamon and Raisin Granola CookiesBreakfast Cookies and my Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie.

Banana Almond Breakfast Cookies

These cookies are thick, hearty and taste just like banana oatmeal.  I was hoping for more of an almond taste, but the banana taste really stands out, which I don’t have any problem with that.  These cookies are also a softer cookie, but not mushy.  I found with any cookie I have made with real fruit, especially banana, it’s best to keep them refrigerated.  Otherwise they tend to go bad or at least get really soft and kind of icky!   I tested these cookies a few days later, and they were just as good as the day I made them.  Yah!

Banana Almond Breakfast Cookies

If you’re at all inclined, you could also add chocolate chips to them, but for me, I’m trying really hard to be good and I wanted to go as healthy as I could, after all bathing suit season is coming and I am TERRIFIED to see what I’ll look like in a bathing suit.  Eck!!  So I have been eating better (4 days now, lol) and hitting the gym for my Zumba classes, and I have recently tried the Elliptical Trainer which isn’t to bad.  It’s a nice change-up from the treadmill.  I wish they made a magic pill for skinny, but hard exercise and good eats is truly the only way to go!  Like the bright orange color in my carrot juice?  Crazy Orange!  I love it!

Banana Almond Breakfast Cookies

Banana Almond Breakfast Cookies
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 20 Cookies
  • Serving size: 1 Cookie
Prep time: 
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A thick, hearty, healthy breakfast cookie that tastes like Banana Oatmeal.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 (123 grams)banana, mashed
  • ¼ cup almond nut butter
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 pkts. stevia
  • ¼ tsp. almond extract
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ cups oats
  • ½ cup oat flour (oats processed into flour)
  • ¼ cup wheat germ
  • ¼ cup flax seed, ground
  • ¼ cup almond meal flour
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds or diced almonds
  • ¼ cup dried mixed berries or dried cherries (whatever dried fruit you like)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set a side
  3. In a large bowl stir together applesauce, banana, nut butter, maple syrup, stevia, almond extract and cinnamon.
  4. Stir in oats, oat flour, wheat germ, flax seed and almond meal until combined.
  5. Stir in almonds and dried fruit.
  6. With a large cookie scoop, scoop batter on to cookie sheet. You can place them close together since the cookies don't spread or rise.
  7. Bake for 10-15 minutes until lightly golden.
  8. Allow cookies to sit on cookie sheet for a few minutes until they are set enough to move to cooling racks.
Notes
Calorie per cookie: 74.6, Fat: 4, Cholesterol: 0, Sodium: .05, Potassium: 43.2, Carbs: 8.2, Fiber: 2, Sugar: 2.5, Protein: 2.7

Banana Almond Breakfast Cookies

If you’re an oatmeal and banana fan, I think you will really like these cookies.  Plus one thing I failed to mention, is that these cookies are also vegan.  When I gave a cookie to my Husband to test, he laughed because he never had a cookie that tasted like oatmeal, but in a different form.  These are such a versatile cookie, you could also sub the almonds for another kind of nut or use peanut butter in place of almond nut butter.  The possibilities are endless.  I am sure I will be making different variations of this cookie, so I can change-up my breakfast snack.

Have a lovely day!

Toodles,

Jennifer

Banana Almond Breakfast Cookies

Comments

  1. I definitely have weeks where I go totally off course! I love how you’re getting back on track with these breakfast bars! They sound so tasty and perfect for curbing a sweet tooth!

  2. MMMM I could eat healthier if it involved cookies such as these 😛

  3. I am all in favor of these cookies for breakfast

  4. You had me at breakfast cookies. Looks delicious!

  5. Wow this is such a healthy recipe! Looks delicious too! How do you come up with these great recipes?

  6. Yummy! These are great for a grab-and-go morning!

  7. These bite size cookies are the perfect treat for a snack on the go or a quick breakfast. Love the fiber additions you added to these too!

  8. These look great for an on-the-go breakfast for my toddlers. With the oats, nuts and fruit they pack in so much energy and nutrition.

  9. These cookie look so good but also are good for you.. Delicious!!

  10. I totally identify with the phases you talked about! I’m sort of on the end of a not-so-healthy phase right now, trying to snap back into things 🙂 These cookies look great! 🙂

  11. These little guys look delicious….and adorable!!!! 🙂 A great pre workout snack, too!

  12. Mackenzie says:

    Is there another fruit that would be a good substitute for banana? I always see tons of recipes I want to try, but I hate the overpowering flavor of banana in them but not sure what a decent substitute would be. I’d love any suggestions to play around with.

    • Hi Mackenzie, hmmm, good question. I am not sure, I like banana because it’s mushy and holds it together. I would try a 1/2 – 1 cup applesauce. That may do the trick. That’s the only thing I can think of. if the mixture seems to runny, add more oats to it. Let me know how it works out.

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