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Pr-Oat-ein Breakfast Cookies

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My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

Calories 280
Protein 16g
Fat 13g
Carbs 32g
Total Time 13 minutes

Cookies for breakfast? Why not?!

If you’re usually rushing from one thing to the next and you don’t have time to enjoy your “loaded” oatmeal bowl, no worries – I understand! Managing and finding time is a real struggle! You’re not alone.   I came up with these oatmeal breakfast (or snack) cookies with you in mind.

How? I took common energy-packed toppings people like to eat with oatmeal and made a cookie out of it.  Easy! While these can be eaten cold, I personally think they are better when slightly warmed.  You can make these as big/filling or small (bite-size) as you prefer.

Instead of adding extra butter or oil for flavor, I’m using unsweetened applesauce – this is a great trick I’ve used throughout the years.  It does wonders to help moderate the number of calories while also adding hints/notes of sweet flavor without adding any sugar.  Also, I’m reducing the amount of flour necessary for this recipe and replacing it with protein powder.  This can’t always be done, but in this case, it works well.  This boosts the level of protein while keeping carbs at a lower level. REMEMBER, protein powder tends to “dry out” recipes especially if you use thicker powders.

To that end, you may need to add: more applesauce to loosen it up, or coconut oil (or even olive oil butter) to ensure the end result is not too dry.

This is a budget-friendly recipe as well.  I got all of my ingredients at Kroger, so items are not only easy to find but also are competitively priced so it’s more affordable.

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Pr-Oat-ein Breakfast Cookies

Ingredients

protein breakfast cookies

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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Calories
280
Protein
16g
Fat
13g
Carbs
32g
Sodium
Fiber
6g
Sugar
8g
About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.