January 24, 2015 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas
Cookies for breakfast? Yes, please! Actually, cookies are typically a part of my breakfast every day (unless, of course, I am having a candy bar or a bag of gummy worms with my coffee instead). I am, without a doubt, the least healthy eater on the B-team…but January is all about clean eating on BobbyFlay.com, so I challenged myself to create a wholesome treat that would give an energy boost and satisfy my morning need for sweetness, without any artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Oh, and I really wanted my co-workers and all of you to love it too.
The result is a super healthy and totally delicious cookie – and it’s gluten-free and vegan, too! As they say in soccer: Goalllllllllllllllllllllllll!
My oatmeal-maple breakfast cookies are made with whole grain oats, creamy almond butter, a touch of maple syrup and cinnamon and lots dried fruits and nuts -- which means these cookies are packed with fiber and protein. (Perhaps I should rename them the Too Good to Be True Breakfast Cookies.)
They are great to take on a hike or pack into your children’s lunch box (swap the almond butter for sunflower seed butter if your child is in a nut-free classroom). I also love them topped with yogurt and honey, or served in a bowl with warm frothy milk and cinnamon, for a new spin on oatmeal.
So, I shall now begin my day the healthy way…and that means candy bars and gummy bears will be served for lunch!