I came up with this recipe while laying in bed this morning trying to think of something special to make for breakfast. I can say that eating good food is the key to my weight loss. For me to be satisfied by my meal, food has to look pretty on the plate, taste good, and be whatever I’m craving at the time. If these basic eating principles are not met, I’m destined to be back in the kitchen overeating. This particular morning we didn’t have a lot of breakfast options in the kitchen since I didn’t do my usual weekend grocery shop. I wanted eggs, but without toast and juice to round out the meal I had to keep thinking through ideas. My thoughts started swirling around the large canister of oatmeal I had in the pantry as well as the plethora of frozen bananas I had in the freezer (is it just me or do organic bananas ripen so much faster than conventional??) While a bowl of oatmeal sounded bland, an oatmeal cookie sounded fantastic. But I wanted a healthy cookie that would keep me full for the morning, but also be a treat to eat. And my idea for a Hot Apple Breakfast Cookie was born.
Baked Apple Breakfast Cookie
(makes one cookie for one lucky person)
- 1/4 c. old-fashioned oats
- 2 T. whole wheat flour
- 1/8 t. of baking powder
- 1/2 t. vanilla
- pinch sea salt
- 1/2 mashed banana (the riper the better)
- 1/4 large apple – finely chopped
- 1/2 T. packed brown sugar
- 5 shakes of cinnamon
Mix all the above ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Spoon onto sprayed baking sheet forming one large cookie. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let the cookie rest on the pan for one additional minute.
I added a tablespoon of Justin’s Maple Almond Butter to the top of my cookie. The almond butter melted onto my cookie, making an excellent topping. I also knew that the addition of the almond butter (healthy protein and fat) would keep me full for a longer period of time.