So it was been 1.2 trillion years since I have had time to publish a new recipe. And quite frankly I don't really have time right now but this one was chilling in my draft folder for that very same 1.2 trillion years SO IT IS ABOUT DAMN TIME!
I thought life was stressful before. I suppose I forgot the holidays were close because of this very non-Canadian winter we have been having lately.
BUT HOT DIGGETY DARN IT'S ALMOST TIME!
I have been so grateful for all the orders coming in this holiday season! The Perfect Bite Bake Shoppe has been bumpin' hard core. I mean...JUST LOOKIT WHAT WE'VE MADE SO FAR!!!!
And by we...I mean I:
And the month is only half over. PHEW! I bet there are things I forgot to take pictures of, too. It's been one heck of a month so far.
BUT the reason I am posting this recipe is to take a break from the cake. A healthier cookie offering for your holiday party, perhaps?
Or just another excuse to have cookies for breakfast -- but one that fits in with your 2016 resolutions to...not..have cookies for breakfast!
These cookies pass the test, I promise.
These were inspired by a trip to a local bakery that makes these beautiful and gigantic healthy oatmeal cookies.
I really really wanted to have them at arms reach all the time so I set out to create my own.
SPEAKING of having them at arms reach...these freeze REALLY well. It's great to know you can have them handy at any moment ;)
They just look beautiful too don't they? Like every time a pumpkin seed peeks out he is saying 'HEY LOOKIT ME I AM SO HEALTHY COME ON -- LOOKIT ALL MY FRIENDS! WE ARE SO GREAT FOR YOU!'
And they would be right.
The texture of these is soft and chewy -- although the first day fresh out of the oven they have a delightful crispness on the outside WHICH IS MY FAVOURITE THING EVER!
I hate that that texture goes away after that with most cookies. Unless of course they are crunchy through and through. But these are much more pleasing as chewy cookies, I think.
I actually wish I had some of these left in the freezer but sadly I do not. A migraine as knocked me sideways today and I have so much to do that these cookies seem impossible.
Why oh why didn't I save more of you in the freezer :(
If that bakery was not a wee bit too far from me I would just go there.
Typically... I would consider that blasphemy but honestly I have been so wiped out lately -- I would just plead the fifth.
I don't know what that is...but I would plead it.
I also need more cookies in my life, I think.
I have been playing around with my calories more in terms of trying to net gain more muscle without the usual fat of a bulk.
OMG THESE WOULD BE SO GOOD WITH ICE CREAM YOU GUYS!
Like little ice cream sandwiches.
Maybe I have been going about this all wrong. I should have more ice cream.
The Breakfast Cookie
Yields 22 - 24 Medium Size Cookies
Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Vegan Option
- 1 cups gluten free rolled oats
- 1 cup gluten free all purpose flour blend
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/3 cup hemp seeds
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup vegan/non-dairy chocolate chips (or chunks!)
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
- 2/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 flax/chia eggs* or 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup applesauce or banana puree
- 1/4 cup nut butter, softened
*Mix 1 tablespoon of flax or chia seeds in 2 tablespoons of water and set aside for 3-5 minutes to thicken
- Preheat oven to 350 F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper
- In a large mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients and sift together
- In a small bowl whisk together the melted coconut oil, apple sauce, flax egg/egg, and nut butter -- pour onto dry ingredients
- Stir until combined fully
- Wrap cookies in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes
- Spoon mixture onto baking sheets and press cookies down to flatten with damp hands
- Bake each batch for 15 - 18 minutes or until edges of cookies become golden brown and the tops of the cookies are firm to the touch
- Cool on a wire rack and serve immediately! Keep leftovers in an airtight tin for 2-3 days or freeze for later!
Lots of ingredients but if you don't have one thing, like..pumpkin seeds -- you can just sub that out for more hemp seeds or some other kind of nut/seed that you want
Talking about cookies in the gym makes me want cookies and the gym.
Speaking of that -- would you all be interested in workout ideas??? It's pretty much my life outside of baking and I love helping people learn new workout moves and workout plans that help them out in...life.
I am no Arnold.
But I know some people who are very Arnold like and they were kind enough to help me along when I started.
I love seeing people be brave and conquer the weight room at the gym.
Unless they are at my squat rack.
Then...I am sad.
SO YEAH -- LET ME KNOW IF YOU WANT SOME OF THAT!
I could try filming videos. I am pretty rubbish at it. But I would try. For you.
And if you were good and following my advice and making my recipes...
I would give you a cookie.
OK OK YOU CAN HAVE ONE ANYWAY!
Missed all you virtual people out there -- Happy Holidaying!