Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

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Okay, to be honest, I’ve never eaten these for breakfast.  Maybe a mid-morning snack a time or two, but not actually as the only thing eaten for breakfast.  These are probably every bit as nutritious as pancakes or waffles, but something about the thought of eating a cookie for breakfast just doesn’t work for me.  Just had to be straight up with you.

I went ahead & called these breakfast cookies because they are sweetened only with honey & are made entirely with whole grains.  If you were to compare them with almost any breakfast cereal that you pick up at the grocery store, I’d pick these any day due to nutrition & taste.  And, if you have kiddos, you could be the super cool mom that feeds them cookies for breakfast {maybe for a special occasion or treat, a more protein packed breakfast with eggs or the like would probably be better most days}.  We love having these around for afternoon snacks or something to grab on the go.  Maybe someday I’ll even eat one for breakfast :).

Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

1/2 c. butter, softened

3/4 c. honey

2 eggs

1/2 t. vanilla extract

3 c. whole wheat pastry flour

2 c. rolled oats

1 t. sea salt

1 t. baking soda

1 t. cinnamon

1/2 c. whole milk

1 c. chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°.

Blend together butter & honey.  Add eggs & vanilla, mix well.  Mix in all the dry ingredients, stir until combined.  Stir in chocolate chips.

Scoop onto parchment lined baking sheets.  Bake for 14-18 minutes.

Enjoy!!

Recipe adapted from Heavenly Homemakers

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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We like cookies at our house, I can’t deny it.  Preferably cookies with chocolate chips.  Oh, and if you can add a little peanut butter in there, even better.  I guess that’s why we liked these cookies so well :).

I’ve made all different kinds of peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, but I think these are probably the first ones I’ve made without flour.  I was curious how they’d turn out.  Well, I was not disappointed one bit!  They are delicious!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 c. peanut butter

1 3/4 c. sucanat

1 T real vanilla extract

4 eggs

2 c. rolled or quick oats {I have an overload of quick oats I ordered by accident, so that’s what I used}

2 t. baking soda

1 1/2 c. chocolate chips

Beat together peanut butter, sucanat, vanilla & eggs.

Mix in oats & baking soda until combined.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Scoop onto parchment lined baking sheets.

Bake at 350° for 12-13 minutes.

Enjoy!!

 

Recipe adapted from The Marathon Mom


Knock Your Socks Off Brownies

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I made these this past weekend…  {my apologies for the less than stellar picture, my ice cream was melting & it had to be eaten fast, there was little time for photo styling!}

If you come to my blog looking for “healthy” recipes, please look away fast & don’t judge me.  While I do my best to stick to my non-processed, little-sugar way of life, sometimes things like this just happen.  My apologies in advance if I happen to suck you into this much-to-decadent dessert euphoria with me.  I probably shouldn’t have even posted this here, but it felt very selfish & dishonest of me not to.  I promise to post a spinach & carrots recipe in a couple days {just kidding, I think}.

So, if you cruise around Pinterest much these days, you’ve probably seen this insanely scrumptious picture floating around from Kevin and Amanda’s blog.

I knew the first time I saw it I would have to make it.  It was destiny.  {My apologies for being so dramatic, chocolate has that affect on me sometimes.}  Since we were having some family over for a little get-together, I thought it would be the perfect time to indulge in this luscious dessert.

Because I can’t leave any recipe alone, I did put my own spin on it, doing my very, very best to convince myself I was making it “healthy”.  I can be very convincing {especially if I just need to convince myself}, but I’m afraid there’s no getting around the fact that this is just one very delicious serving of sugar.  One that is most definitely best when shared with friends!

So, here’s what I did…

I started with my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe {my recipe is top-secret (everyone should have at least one top-secret recipe) but really any basic chocolate chip cookie recipe will do}.  If you would like to attempt to health it up a bit, try substituting whole wheat pastry flour for the white flour in the recipe & replacing the sugar with sucanat.  Spread the batter in a 9×13 baking dish lined with parchment paper…

Here’s where things start to get out of hand…

Insert a layer of oreos!

Then, whip up a batch of brownies.  Again, any ole’ brownie recipe would work.  You could even go the super easy route & make the boxed version.  I’m not a big fan of all the unidentifiable ingredients in those things so I stuck with my homemade variety because they are just as easy to whip up in my mind, & they taste fantastic!

Here’s my super-simple brownie recipe:

3/4 c. melted butter

2 c. sucanat

1/2 tsp sea salt

3 eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 c. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 c. whole wheat pastry flour

Combine the butter, sucanat & sea salt.  Add the eggs & vanilla & beat well.  Mix in cocoa & flour until completely combined.

Take the brownie batter & spread over the oreos…

Cover with foil & bake in an oven preheated to 350° F for 30 minutes.  Remove the foil & bake for another 15-25 minutes, until the middle is set (being careful to not burn the edges).

Cut into bars, top with ice cream & enjoy!

Please excuse me, I’ll be out running for the next few hours!:)

Sources: adapted from Kevin and Amanda, brownie recipe adapted from Rachael Ray

 


Nutty Oat & Chocolate Chip Bars

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These cookie bars contain almost all of my favorite baking ingredients- chocolate (of course!), oats (oh yah) & walnuts (mmm…).

I love how filling these turned out.  To be sure, these include plenty of chocolate {to satisfy my addiction}, but with  the addition of the oats & walnuts you feel like you’re eating more than just fluff or plain ole’ sugar.

So, if you’re looking for a simple, yet hearty treat for your family, give these a try!  I think you’ll like ’em!

Note- 99% of the time, I bake with whole grains & natural sugars.  I’ll do my best to include substitutions in case you don’t have some of these ingredients on hand, but I’d encourage you to give some of the healthier ingredients a try if you haven’t already.  If you’re worried your family will be turned off by the “healthier” taste, you can work them into it slowly by substituting only part of what the recipe calls for.  You may be surprised, however, at how good things taste by using the less processed ingredients!

Nutty Oat & Chocolate Chip Bars

3/4 c. butter, room temperature

1 c. sucanat (1/2 c. white sugar + 1/2 c. brown sugar also works)

1 egg

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 3/4 c. whole wheat pastry flour (you can also use all-purpose)

3/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp sea salt

1 c. rolled oats

2 c. semi sweet chocolate chips

1 c. walnuts, chopped

Preheat the oven to 375°.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter, sugar, egg & vanilla…

Add flour, baking soda, sea salt & oats, mix well.

Fold in the chocolate chips & walnuts using a spatula…

Be sure to take a little taste, it’s a critical step.

Grease a 9×13 baking dish…

I like to use the butter remnants that are left on the butter wrappers, I wouldn’t ever want to be caught wasting butter, oh no!

Use your spatula to spread the cookie batter into the prepared dish…

Bake for 16-19 minutes, until golden brown.  Be careful not to over bake!

Allow to cool in pan before cutting into bars.  Enjoy!

Source: adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

7/10/12: Edited to add:

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