Sunday, August 17, 2014

Apple - Oat Breakfast Cookies (Back to School #SundaySupper)

I think it's kind of funny that the end of Summer break snuck up on me. It's not too surprising, given that I've been working the Summer school / camp program since the beginning of July and as such didn't experience the definite "break" most of the students (and many of the teachers) did, but the realization that there's only a week left of camp before school "set up" begins still made me do a double take. All I can say is that thankfully I don't have to plan months of lessons in advance, or do much of the administrative stuff my superiors at school do - I'm actually still waiting on confirmation as to what my role will actually be next year! 

With my relative freedom after camp lets out for the day, I've been doing some planning and preparation of a different kind: weekday meals! Lunches have always been relatively standard on my end, but early mornings demand on-the-go food I can easily toss into my bag for the commute if (read: when) I sleep through my alarm in the morning. I've never been one for "savoury" breakfasts (even scrambled eggs, home fries and bacon get lashings of dark maple syrup here), but since pancakes and oatmeal can be a bit messy in the car I settled for the next best thing - breakfast cookies. 

Apple - Oat Breakfast Cookies

These hand-held, sugar free bites of bliss have it all: Amoré Almonds + Dairy beverage, multigrain cereal, oats, flaxseed and protein powder make up a "powered up" base peppered with diced apple and a seed mixture. Hearty but not heavy, they're the perfect size to get you to lunch without thinking about the vending machine or cafeteria - and if you do find yourself a bit peckish mid morning a second one won't derail your healthy eating mantra either, since each cookie is under 150 calories! 

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Apple - Oat Breakfast Cookies
Adapted from http://www.dairygoodness.ca/recipes/yummy-apple-breakfast-cookies 
Makes 18 large cookies
2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
⅓ cup multigrain hot cereal (or more rolled oats)
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
2 tbsp (30g) unflavoured whey protein isolate (you can use a vegan substitute if needed)
2 tbsp cinnamon
½ tsp allspice
½ tbsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
¾ cup cup-for-cup stevia
¼ cup ground flaxseed
1 ⅓ cups warm Amoré Almonds + Dairy (or unsweetened almond milk)
¼ cup canola oil
1 tbsp vanilla
1 large apple, diced (no need to peel)
¼ cup toasted sunflower seeds
2 tbsp millet
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together oats, cereal, flour, whey, cinnamon, allspice, baking powder, salt, stevia and flaxseed.
  3. Add the Amoré Almonds + Dairy, oil and vanilla and stir until just blended. Fold in the apple and seeds.
  4. Drop ¼ cupfuls of batter onto the baking sheets at least 2” apart.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Let cool completely on the sheets.
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 148.6
Total Fat: 5.8 g
Cholesterol: 0.4 mg
Sodium: 54.3 mg
Total Carbs: 19.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.4 g
Protein: 5.8 g