Lately I find myself constantly on the go. I know a healthy breakfast is a must, but it’s frequently one of those things that’s scrapped as I hit snooze and then scramble to get out the door to work, appointments, and all of the other stops on my daily agenda. Hence this healthy oatmeal power-up cookie recipe, which I crafted on a whim over the weekend so I’d have a healthy option for breakfast on the go once the chaos of the workweek hit.
This isn’t your childhood oatmeal cookie recipe. With added nutrients from kasha, wheat germ, and flaxseed, and half the sugar of traditional recipes, these oatmeal power-up cookies are a great alternative to the sugary, expensive prepackaged breakfast bars sold in grocery stores. And yes, they still taste great with a cold glass of (plant-based) milk for dessert.
Oatmeal power-up cookies
- 1 cup butter (I like Earth Balance)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (this takes the place of eggs)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup uncooked oats
- 1 cup uncooked kasha (buckwheat groats)
- 1/3 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/3 cup wheat germ
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Melt butter in microwave-safe dish and pour into mixing bowl. Add all other ingredients and mix until thoroughly blended. Use a soup spoon to drop into mounds on baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-18 minutes; cool on wire rack. Makes 24 cookies.
Nutritional information (per cookie): 167 calories; 11g fat; 6g sugar; 2.3g protein; 5% DV iron. I love that these cookies are low in sugar and get a boost of vitamins and minerals from the kasha, flaxseed, and wheat germ. They’re a great alternative to grabbing a prepackaged breakfast bar and even better if you pair them up with some yogurt or fruit. I like to make a big batch at the start of the workweek so I have breakfast all week long.