Banana Nut Breakfast Cookies

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(Or as Luke calls them, Oatmeal Discs)

Time:  20 Mins

Servings:  6

Nutrition:  6.3g Protein, 22g Carbohydrates, 4.7g Fat, 150 Calories

I’m sure you don’t want to hear my entire life story on a recipe page about breakfast cookies, so let’s cut to the chase.  Here’s an easy recipe for anyone who might want a quick, on-the-go breakfast or snack. 

Since these are meant to be more of a meal or snack than a treat, these cookies aren’t super sugary and buttery like regular dessert cookies are.   They’re a pretty decent alternative to store-bought energy bars, especially if you’re a carb-a-holic who could use an extra few grams of protein in your diet, or are looking for something with a little more substance to eat (or both).  Plus, you can make them ahead of time!

Feel free to adjust the amount/type of sweetener according to your preferences, use whichever protein powder is your favorite, or add any mix-ins you’d like.  Just keep in mind that this will probably affect the nutrition count.  The cookies in the bottom of the photo above are made as described in this recipe, and those near the top have cinnamon and raisins added.

Ingredients:

2  Overripe Bananas
1c  Oatmeal
1  Serving Protein Powder of Choice*
1/4c  Chopped Walnuts
3T  Hemp Hearts
1t  Sweetener of Choice*

* I used banana flavored Spiru-tein and a teaspoon of coconut sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 360°F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mash with a potato masher until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.  (You’ll know it’s ready when the mixture forms a gooey paste with no dry areas or giant random hunks of banana).
  3. With your hands, form the mixture into six (6) round balls and arrange on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat (or greased).
  4. Using your hands or a spatula, squish each ball to the desired thickness of your cookie.  These cookies won’t flatten and spread out like regular cookies and will pretty much retain their shape when baked, so make them resemble what you’d like your finished cookie to look like.
  5. Bake at 360°F for about 15 minutes.

DONE!

Great For:  Breakfast, Snacks, Workdays, School Days, General Laziness, Camping/Hiking Fuel, Post-Workout, People Who Hate Eating in the Morning but Have to Do a Long Run.


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