Monday, April 7, 2014

Breakfast Cookies in Paradise

It's a fact.   You cannot go wrong with breakfast cookies.    It's a cookie.   It's breakfast.   Full of goodies that give it a little more of a nutritional kick than a standard "dessert" cookie.   Hearty.   Thick. Delicious with coffee.   Also very photogenic with my shell shaped plates and tiny hibiscus flowers that grow along the sidewalk, if I do say so myself.   

I took my go to breakfast cookie recipe and changed a few things around.   Cookie butter instead of peanut butter.   Kashi instead of Cheerios.   Dark chocolate chips....just because.

What You Need

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 medium ripe banana
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup cookie butter
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups rolled oats (quick oats are fine)
1 cup Kashi cereal (go Lean crunch, to be exact)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (Hershey's special dark)

What You Do

Preheat the oven to 350.   Line your baking sheet with a silicone baking mat.

In a large bowl, cream butter, brown sugar, the banana and the applesauce.    Add the vanilla, egg, and cookie butter and mix well.

In a smaller bowl, combine the two flours, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.     Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture.      Beat (or stir in) the rolled oats.      Stir in the cereal, coconut and chocolate chips.

Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, measure out these large cookies onto your baking sheet - usually 9 per baking sheet.      Bake 18-20 minutes.     Cool on the cookie sheet or a wire rack and store in an airtight container. good

Meanwhile on Maui
I went to the the Maui County Ag Fest on Saturday.    Check out the beautiful flowers!

Fun Fact:  Maui County doesn't just include the island of Maui.   It also includes Lanai and Molokai, as well as the uninhabited islands of Kahoolawe and Molokini.

Whatever you're having for breakfast this week, I hope it's delicious!   And we already made it through Monday, so only 4 more days to go.   You've got this.

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