Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Apple Pecan Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies


Apple Pecan Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
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Time is going fast and in this busy world and trying to get out the door, some of us - me included - might not have time for breakfast.  Bummer, right?  But today we have a remedy for that with these Apple Pecan Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies.  They are the perfect answer when you need breakfast on the go and they are loaded with good stuff for that energy needed to start your day off.  Sounding good?  Remember breakfast if the most important meal of the day! And another reason to make a batch is that from start to finish they take under 30 minutes.  Keep a stash on hand that adults, and kids alike, can start their day off with or any time a snack is needed (like after school).  


What we really liked about these is that they are low in sugar and just packed full of good ingredients (my version included dates too).  If you don't like dates then substitute raisins or dried cranberries - not a fan of pecans, then walnuts would be fine too.  We have a loaded apple tree so I'm always trying to use them up, but feel free to swap out with pears.  I'm sure you will find a combination that you will love.  I haven't tried freezing them (since they disappearing so fast) but I don't see why you couldn't try that.


Speaking of busy times, September was a whirlwind for me.  I was gone three weekends (without the DIY Guy).  One weekend I attended a blogger conference called Blended in Arizona, the next weekend I went to Madison WI with a friend to their farmers market and last weekend I met my two sister-in-laws in Chicago for a belated birthday celebration for me.  We ate at some wonderful places - Girl and The Goat, RPM Italian and Beatrix.  Chicago is definitely a foodie town!  AND next up tomorrow I am leaving for NY - this trip is not pleasure as my dad just moved into a nursing home and my brother and I are going for a visit to figure out next steps and move his furniture out of his senior apartment.  Wish us luck.  I do plan on bringing a few of these for the trip.  We'll definitely be needing to keep up our energy.


Apple Pecan Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

by Cooking on the Front Burner
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Yield 18
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups diced apples that are peeled and cored (1/4")
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup apple sauce
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a medium saucepan add the apples, brown sugar and honey. Saute over medium high heat about 5-7 minutes until soft - remove from stove and set aside
  3. In a small bowl combine the four, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt
  4. In a medium bowl combine with a whisk the coconut oil, applesauce, egg, vanilla and maple syrup
  5. Slowly stir the dry mixture into the wet then stir in the apples, oatmeal, pecans and dates
  6. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and divide mixture into 18 scoops (about 2 tablespoons)
  7. Place 9 on a cookie sheet and flatten the scoops with your hand. These do not spread out as they bake.
  8. Bake for 13 minutes or until the outside of the cookie is firm
  9. Remove from cookie sheet and place on wire rack to cool
  10. Store in a tightly sealed container
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Need other snack ideas?  Try these Pumpkin No Bake Energy Bites or these Monster Bites that the kiddos will love!!




These Apple Pecan Oatmeal breakfast cookies are perfect for grab and go!

9 comments:

  1. These look really good! I have apples and cranberries, love that combo!

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  2. I love cookies for breakfast :) especially ones that are so packed with deliciousness like these!

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  3. Now this is something my kids might actually eat for breakfast!!!

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  4. I always have time for breakfast, especially when it's this good!

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  5. I never have time for breakfast but I would if I had these cookies!

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  6. I totally love the idea of having cookies for breakfast! The flavor combo is spot on!

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  7. These are so perfect! Who doesn't want to wake up to COOKIES!!?

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  8. I'd rather have a breakfast cookie than a muffin ANY DAY OF THE WEEK!

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