Friday, October 9, 2015

Fully Loaded Breakfast Cookies/Bars


These breakfast cookies loaded with whole-food fiber, protein, beans and dried fruit are a great way to start the day. Beans in cookies might seem a little strange but they have a purpose here. Beans contain good carbohydrates and also add a wonderful creaminess to the batter. Some carbs are satisfying because they digest slowly, which keep you keep fuller longer. Chia seeds are also used in this recipe and are combined with water to form a gelatinous coating which help your body digest them more easily, also you get a nice boost of Omega-3 fatty acids. As you can see the name fully loaded is really taking on a meaning of it’s own.

This is the first time I used beans in a cookie recipe. The beans are pureed with coconut oil and the rest of the wet ingredients are added. Into a separate bowl 3-1/4 cups of oats are divided, 1-1/4 cups are ground in the food processor and the other 2 cups are kept whole and added to the rest of the dry mixture. Both wet and dry mixtures are added together.  Then the dried fruit, pumpkin seeds and cornflakes are added and mixed by hand. The dough is shaped into 10 equal balls and then flatten into pattys and baked for 15 to 18 minutes.

There are so many ways to change up this recipe, you could add any combination of dried fruit, nuts or even chocolate. Have fun with this recipe, we did…….

Recipe is from Sarah Britton’s cookbook, “My New Roots”.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon chia seeds
3 tablespoons water
3-1/4 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 15-ounce can white beans
¼ cup melted coconut oil
¼ cup maple syrup or raw honey (I used maple syrup)
1 organic orange (zest)
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup chopped apricots
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
2 cups organic non-GMO cornflakes

To prepare:

Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper or baking siltpat.


Combine chia seeds and water, let set at least 15 minutes to gel. Set aside.

Pulse 1-1/4 cups rolled oats in food processor until coarsely ground. Add to large bowl and add the rest of the oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.

Pulse beans and coconut oil together until creamy. Add the maple syrup, orange zest, chia mixture, applesauce and vanilla, pulse until smooth.


Add both wet and dry mixtures together. Then add apricots, raisins, pumpkin seeds and cornflakes. Stir to combine. Shape into 10 equal shapes and then flatten into patty’s.

Bake 15-18 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool completely. Can keep up to 1 week in a air-tight container. Freeze up to one month.


Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

75 comments:

  1. How intriguing to use beans in a cookie recipe! I imagine they are delicious. And such healthy ingredients Cheri!

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  2. Hi Cheri,
    Love your sharing of healthy wholesome breakfast cookies/bars. Bookmarked this ^-^!

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  3. Beans in a cookie definitely caught my eye! What an interesting idea! They look like a hearty, healthy, and tasty breakfast.

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    1. Thanks Amy, you have described them perfectly.

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  4. I love the addition of the chia seeds! Such a delicious weekend treat!

    theglowwithin.com

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  5. I'm all in favor of cookies for breakfast!!!

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    1. Hi Liz, funny thing....is that I like to eat my sweets mid-morning.

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  6. Cookies for breakfast is the best idea yet. There's everything in there - very cool.

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    1. Thanks Maureen, cookies are perfect for breakfast.

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  7. I have been into eating muffins (i.e. cake) for breakfast lately, and these sound like a much better-for-me alternative!

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    1. Next time I'll probably add chocolate chips, hehe!

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  8. They look wholesome! I would love a few for my breakfast :-)

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  9. A cookie breakfast sounds like a great breakfast to me!

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  10. Those cookies are super food, really a wholesome, healthful snack or meal on the go. Never would have thought to use beans in a cookie but it makes sense and white beans are very creamy, They really have it all Cheryl.

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  11. This looks such a delicious way to start the morning!

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  12. Yes I would really love these for breakfast! Love soaked chia seeds and apricots are a great addition!

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  13. Cheri: These cookies look absolutely delicious. I would have never thought to put beans in a cookie but your description makes perfect sense. Well done. And I love your instruction to have fun with it. I think I will. Thank you so much.

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  14. These are going onto my to do list for December :)

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  15. Nice way to have guilt-free cookies for breakfast!

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  16. What a great breakfast treat to go with my cocoa! Looking forward to cooler weather soon!

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    1. Hi David, oh so am I, rain maybe towards the end of this week. Yeah!

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  17. the white beans are a surprise, but after eating and loving black bean brownies, i'm not scared! the additions you chose are great, especially the pumpkin seeds!

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    1. Hi Grace, I have heard of black bean brownies, I will have to try them sometime.

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  18. I love white beans so I'm more than open to the idea of putting them in cookies. Sometimes, when I don't feel like cooking, I like to just have a nutty breakfast bar for breakfast with a hot cup of coffee. I could totally see subbing the breakfast bar with one of these cookies.

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  19. Sprinkles (yes the famous Beverly Hills cupcakery) adds cornflakes to their oatmeal cookies. So does Momofuku in NYC. However, I bet neither of them are quite as healthy as your sooooo yummy looking cookies =) P.s. Chia seeds are supposed to be anti-Alzheimer agents too =)

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    1. Did not know that about chia seeds Kim, good to know.

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  20. I do love the look of these breakfast cookies - so many healthy ingredients and they must have great texture xx

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  21. What a great breakfast option! I love adding chia seeds to my breakfasts for an extra protein boost.

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    1. I do the same thing too Dannii, especially with yogurt.

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  22. A cookie for breakfast that you don't have to feel guilty eating.

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  23. That's a great mixture of good health, Cheri. My daughter loves it when I make things like this for her...she eats on the go so much. It's a great mid afternoon snack too.

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    1. You are so right Barbara, they are perfect for eating on the go.

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  24. These looks so delicious -- I'll take the whole stack! Using chia seeds as a binder instead of eggs is such a great idea. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  25. I am all for cookies for breakfast! :) How wonderful that they are so healthy for you. I bet they have a great texture with all of the goodies in them. I also like that they have cinnamon as well. One of my favorite flavors. Thanks, Cheri!

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    1. Hi Shari, over the summer I tasted Saigon cinnamon and it was the best tasting spice I ever had. Thanks.

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  26. I love breakfast cookies. I don't think I have ever seen beans in cookies before, sounds so healthy. They sound delicious and I would love to make a batch.

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    1. Thanks Dawn, I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

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  27. yum! breakfast looks fabulous!

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  28. wish I could have a few right now!

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  29. Oh yum, these look like the perfect way to start the day!

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  30. What a great idea to start the day, the addition of beans sounds really interesting too.

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  31. These are so loaded! Would you make them again? Love the idea of this for breakfast!

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    1. Hi Abbe, yes I would, but next time I might add chocolate chips.

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  32. I love these cookies !
    Look wonderful :)

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  33. I usually have oatmeal for breakfast but some days there just isn't time to cook and I've been looking for a breakfast-on-the-go substitute. I think I just found it :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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  34. Really interesting recipe. I've had brownies made with beans (black), but never cookies. But really like the idea! This is an inspired recipe -- thanks.

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    1. Thanks John, I've heard of those brownies would like to try them sometime.

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  35. Wow, they are loaded! I've never used beans in a cookie before and the list of ingredients sounds so delicious.

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  36. Cookies for breakfast? I am in. Another new recipe. Who knew beans in the cookies.

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    1. Hi Linda, I love the idea of cookies for breakfast.

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