Cookies for Breakfast

How’s everyone faring this first week of the new year? Me? I can’t wait until tomorrow is over so that I can wake up, turn over, and not see the numbers 5, 0, and 0 on my alarm clock!

So after my perfect plate of breakfast bliss (man, I’m a sucker for alliteration) on Monday (thanks again Chelsea for the awesome recipe!), I vowed to make the rest of the week’s morning meals using the “Gem-bras-nibble-few” approach! Confused? Just click my newly coined acronym and all will be revealed! 😉

Tuesday was a fantastic bowl of Overnight Pumpkin Oats and for the last two days, I have experimented with the Breakfast Cookie! Who knew cookies for breakfast could be so filling AND healthy?

Pumpkin & Cranberry Pecan Breakfast Cookie: (serves 1)
Inspired by Gina aka “The Fitnessista”

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1/8 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/8 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/8 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pecans
  • cinnamon

1. Combine oats, almond butter, and protein with a fork until it forms a crumbly mixture.
2. Combine with milk and stir.
3. Stir in pumpkin, cranberries, pecans and a dash of cinnamon.
4. Spread on a small plate and form into a cookie shape.
5. Refrigerate overnight and devour in the morning!

Cinna-Raisin PBB Breakfast Cookie: (serves 1)

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon salted peanut butter
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein
  • 1/2 banana, sliced thin
  • 1/8 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/8 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
  • cinnamon

Same steps as above, but after making your crumbly mixture, mash the banana slices into it before adding the milk.

The concept behind these “cookies” is similar to the overnight oats only with less moisture in the ingredients so that it can keep a cookie-like shape. It still stays pretty soft so I ate mine with a spoon, but according to Gina, you can pop it in the freezer for 10 minutes to get it to harden more.

I was totally craving a yogurt parfait for my after work snack today. I’m all out of yogurt, but I did have a liiiiiiiitle bit of pumpkin kefir left!

What’s in the Bowl?

  • 1/2 cup Lifeway Pumpkin Kefir
  • Toasted wheat germ
  • Barbara’s Cinnamon Puffins
  • Quaker Oat Squares
  • Kashi Go Lean

The amount of cereal looks like a lot in the pic, but was only about 1/2 cup total. I ate this at 4:45 with a cup of decaf coffee made with my new Xpress SmartCups and I am just now (4 hours later) starting to get a little hungry. I forgot how well kefir fills my belly! Love that stuff…too bad that was the last of the pumpkin flavor! 🙁

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I believe I may go find myself a little snacky snack and cuddle up with this little mailbox treasure for the rest of the night!

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