I decided I would make something 'portable' that they could grab'n go, but I wanted it to be semi-healthy. It needed to have some protein, and complex carbs. Pop-Tarts, most granola bars, etc. just didn't really have the ingredients in them that I felt my kids need for breakfast. So I went on an internet search and found several breakfast cookie recipes, which are kind of like homemade granola bars shaped into a cookie.
I narrowed my search to this one, b/c I had all the ingredients on hand. It is full of whole grains from whole wheat flour, oats, and Cheerios (which I think are just thrown in for texture and to make you feel like you really are giving your kids something breakfast worthy). There is also protein in the form of peanut butter and a serving of Egg Beaters....sorry Mr. Terrible Two, these are off limits for you. As good as those ingredients sound, these are definitely not the perfect breakfast. There is plenty of sugar in them...white sugar and chocolate chips! However, I didn't want to have a whole batch of "cookies" that the kids wouldn't eat, so I didn't mess with the sugar quantities
Anyway, my kids chowed down on their cookies this morning. They were actually excited to eat breakfast, and ate one before they even started getting ready! Guess I'll have to come up with more exciting breakfast options to get them to eat. I do believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Of course, I think every meal is important, which is why my jeans are getting very tight :P
Want the recipe?
Cheerios Breakfast Cookies
•3/4 cup granulated sugar
•1/4 cup canola oil
•3/4 cup peanut butter
•1/4 cup water
•1 tsp. vanilla extract
•1/4 cup egg substitute (such as Egg Beaters)
•1/2 tsp. baking soda
•1/2 tsp. salt
•1-1/2 cups old-fashioned or quick-cooking rolled oats **I used old-fashioned
•3 oz. mini chocolate chips **I used a 1/2 cup of regular semi-sweet (all I had)
•3 cups Cheerios cereal **We always have these on hand!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Beat sugar, canola oil, peanut butter, water, vanilla and egg substitute together with an electric mixer until well-combined. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt, oats and chocolate chips. Very gently, fold in the Cheerios. Drop the dough (it will be sticky) by rounded quarter-cupfuls onto an ungreased or silpat-lined cookie sheet. Flatten the dough gently with your fingertips. I about an 1/8th cup more water b/c it was very dry.
Bake cookies in the preheated oven 13 to 15 minutes until lightly browned around the edges. Cool completely before serving. Store in an airtight container or freeze in a sealed Ziploc bag for up to two months. **I found ours only needed to cook for about 11-12 minutes. I guess it just depends on your oven.
Makes 20 breakfast cookies.
Per cookie: 206 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 26 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 6 g protein, 9% Vitamin A, 2% Vitamin C, 3% calcium, 21% iron **info per website
So, go make your kids some cookies for breakfast!
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