Have you ever wanted to eat a whole batch of cookies by yourself, but that little voice in your head was screaming that your hips would surely be wearing another few pounds in a few minutes if you ate more than one or two of them?
Not with these cookies!
What if I told you-you could make a batch of healthy, sugar-free, gluten free cookies with the exact ingredients for one bowl of oatmeal? You wouldn’t feel terrible about eating a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, would you? Yeah, me neither!
This one bowl of oatmeal will make six dense and chewy, slightly sweet cookies, and you are welcome to eat all six by yourself!
Do keep in mind, though, that just as a bowl of oatmeal is a meal, if you chose to eat all of the cookies yourself, it would replace a meal. Preferably breakfast, since these cookies are full of ingredients designed to give your body maximum energy to keep you running for hours.
They also are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Interesting fun fact: a deficiency in omega-3s has been linked to depression and anxiety. So, another great reason to feel happy about eating these cookies!
cranberry oatmeal breakfast cookies
(makes 6 cookies)
1 package of your favorite flavored instant oatmeal OR 1/2 cup of quick oats (see note below)
1 t. ground flax seed
1 t. chia seeds
1 banana, mashed
1 T. peanut butter
1/8 cup (or 2 T.) each, dried cranberries and chopped walnuts
1 t. vanilla extract
Mix everything together, and then let it sit for 15 minutes on the counter to soften the oats and to let the chia seeds and flax seeds soak up some liquid. Drop by tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet. These won’t spread when they cook, so if you’d like them flat, use a spoon to flatten them a little. Cook at 350 degrees, F, for 15 minutes.
NOTE: If you want to use plain oats instead of a purchased oatmeal packet, add 2 tablespoons of your favorite non-dairy milk, a packet of stevia or 1 t. of honey, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
One more thing:
I just want you to imagine the possibilities here! If you use flavored oatmeal in these cookies, you can make blueberry cookies, apple cinnamon cookies, maple and brown sugar, or whatever your favorite flavor is!
You can substitute the walnuts for almonds or cashews. You may want to trade out the cranberries for raisins, dried blueberries, dates, or omit them altogether.
Also, these cookies are even better the next day, so you can do what my daughter does. Make a few batches at the beginning of the week. Now you don’t need to think about breakfast for the whole week! Just grab a few cookies and go!
Let me know in the comments below what flavors you’ve tried and what is your favorite!
Now take your plate of cookies and enjoy every last crumb!