Breakfast is stressful for a lot of parents on busy school mornings! It’s hard to get kids (and ourselves) to eat a healthy breakfast, or eat one at all. But we all need something energy-packed with nutrients to keep us alert and focused until lunchtime.
These simple, three-ingredient breakfast cookies are a healthy alternative to high-sugar processed breakfast foods like cold cereal, instant oatmeal packets, cereal bars, or Pop Tarts. They just might be a hit in your family and make crazy mornings easier. You can make them the night before or store in the freezer. And they’re perfect to take on-the-go.
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THREE HEALTHY INGREDIENTS
Together, these three basic ingredients make this the breakfast cookie of champions.
Oats, in moderation, are a healthy, gluten-free food packed with protein, fiber, and tons of other vitamins and minerals. They’re filling, aid in digestion, lower cholesterol, and even support hormone balance and metabolism. Just be sure to buy plain rolled oats, free of added chemicals, flavorings, or sugar.
Bananas are rich in potassium, magnesium, fiber, iron, antioxidants, vitamin C, and more! They increase energy, uplift mood, and aid digestion, along with tons of other health benefits. The high potassium content may even help with ADHD symptoms, leg cramps, and headaches kids often suffer with during the school year.
Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants, enhances brain functioning and balances blood sugar! You can find organic, dark (at least 70% cacao) chocolate chips at a health food store or grocery store. Fair-trade is best, and look for those made with cocoa butter. If not, regular semi-sweet chocolate chips are better than milk chocolate chips.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2 large bananas, mashed
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Stir rolled oats and bananas until thoroughly combined.
- Gently, stir in chocolate chips.
- Roll cookies into 2 inch balls, and then flatten to make the perfect cookie shape.
- Bake on parchment lined cookie sheet for 12 minutes.
MIX IT UP
Try customizing your breakfast cookies with other healthy ingredients: walnuts, peanut butter, dried fruit, or coconut flakes.