In honor of National Cookie Day, and as a way to counteract all the butter and sugar we consumed yesterday with our Spritz Butter Cookies, I decided to whip up something a wee bit healthier today. And since I started baking these at 8 in the morning (and wanted to eat them shortly thereafter), what better kind of cookie than one we could eat for breakfast? There’s no refined sugar or flour in these Healthy Oatmeal Cranberry Breakfast Cookies, so it’s practically like eating oatmeal, right?
The flavor of these cookies is a little reminiscent of a traditional, nostalgic oatmeal raisin cookie—which I love—but with an updated flavor profile that includes the sweetness from bananas and the tartness of dried cranberries. As an added twist, I dusted the tops of these with just a small pinch of salt, which gave them the perfect balance of sweet and salty and crunchy and YUM.
The smell of these baking was downright heavenly, an intoxicating combination of cinnamon with hints of apple and banana. When I told my daughter she could eat these for breakfast, she did a little happy dance. As for me, I paired them with my favorite cinnamon tea. We curled up on the couch and read The Nutcracker while we ate these, and it was the perfect way to start a cold, December Sunday. I’m so glad that my newfound passion for living a nostalgic life has started to create such sweet moments that we both will be sure to remember.
We hope your first December Sunday—and every day for that matter—will be filled will all sorts of sweet, memory-making moments.
Healthy Oatmeal Cranberry Breakfast Cookies
2 cups rolled oats (regular or quick)
2 ripe bananas
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
⅓ cup unsweetened, dried cranberries (can also use any other dried fruit, such as raisins or apricots)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together all ingredients until well combined. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Using a teaspoon, drop dough onto the cookie sheet and then flatten into round shapes. Bake approximately 20-25 minutes until golden. Remove from oven and let rest on cookie sheet for 5 minutes and then move to cooling rack.
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How about you? Do you have a favorite cookie that could be updated to be just a tad bit healthier? And what cookie will you whip up (or just eat) today on National Cookie Day?