I love to make these applesauce cookies for breakfast because they are really good to make ahead of time and pull out a few for breakfast. And a bonus is that they are super portable too.
I’ve been thinking it would be great to have a cookie that I could give my children for breakfast. I wanted something I could make ahead and they would be good for a few days and that my gluten-free 2 and 4 year-olds would like. I only wanted fruit sugars, no gluten and they needed to be quick and easy. I developed this recipe by putting a few other recipes together. I had my four children try them out for breakfast today, and ALL of them liked them. So we got a 4 thumbs-up. I’m thinking if you add a little protein powder to them, they would be a great snack for children. Put a few in your purse or the car and give them a pick me-up when you’re out and about.
Here are some thoughts on variations and substitutions – The bananas make them moist because if they are dry they don’t taste near as good. Another variation I make sometimes is to not blend the old fashioned oats. It gives them texture and it’s one less step which actually saves quite a bit of time.
Sometimes I use an ice cream scoop to make the cookies but sometimes I just feel like it’s too much work, so I sometimes I make them like a bar cookie in my cookie sheets about 3/4 inch deep and it saves time. They just aren’t as pretty or easy to travel with.
If you are worried about carbs/sugar, I don’t need any maple syrup added at all. The dates, bananas, raisins and applesauce are plenty of sugar. Several of the ingredients are optional and they will be fine without them, like chia seeds and flax seeds. You really can play around with these cookies and make them just how you like them.
Guess what else I like about these? They don’t have eggs. Cool, huh? I can’t be the only person that gets really sick of eggs, especially when I eat Paleo. Plus, I like how these are soft. Why? Because I personally don’t like crunchy granola bars because they hurt the roof of my mouth and take a long time to chew. I can inhale one of these babies pretty fast, which is a good thing in my book, because I can get on with my day.
I would love to know how you use the breakfast cookies and any modifications you like to make to them. Please comment below.
I love making a big batch of these Clean Eating breakfast cookies ahead of time so they are ready for breakfast. I love how quick it is in the morning and they taste good and are healthy too!
- 1 Cup regular or quick-cooking oats, use gluten free if needed
- 1/2 Cup pitted dates, about 5-6 large
- 3 bananas
- 1 Cup steel cut oats
- 1/2 Cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 Cup raisins
- 1/3 Cup sunflower seeds
- 3 Tbl pure maple syrup (can sub agave or honey)
- 3 Tbl almond flour
- 1 Tbl ground flax
- 1 Tbl chia seeds plus addtl. for topping
- 1/4 Cup raisins to stir in, optional
Heat the oven to 350. Prepare a cookie sheet with a baking mat or parchment paper.
Grind 1 c regular oats in food processor about 30 seconds.
Add the dates and pulse a few times until combined.
Add the steel cut oats, applesauce, raisins, sunflower seeds, maple syrup, almond meal, flax and chia seeds and pulse until combined.
Remove the container from the food processor and stir in 1/4 c raisins if you like.
Use a 2 Tbs cookie scoop or drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the cookie sheet. Top each with a sprinkle of chia seeds (optional).
Bake 20 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough.