Thursday, September 16, 2010

Got Breakfast Cookies?

No one questions the importance of providing your family a healthy breakfast these days.  Some of the benefits include:  better brain power, especially when it comes to memory; better test scores, school attendance and mood; longer attention spans in school; better overall nutrition; and, healthier body weights, even for breakfast-eaters who end up eating more overall calories than those who routinely skip the first meal of the day.  The dilemma becomes finding the time on busy mornings to make any breakfast, much less a healthy one.  Honestly, some of the convenience foods that are available in stores these days are just plain scary when you examine their nutritional content (or lack thereof). 

I guess you can say that I am a bit obsessive about breakfast.  I love to test breakfast recipes and then figure out the best way to make them ahead of time for a quick breakfast on a busy morning.  That is one of the reasons that I started this blog.  I wanted to share some of the yummy, healthy recipes that I had found with family and other moms.

The very first "sneaky" recipe that I ever tried was for Breakfast Cookies.  That was over two years ago and to this day if we are out of breakfast cookies there is an air of panic in our home.  I love this recipe for many reasons.  First, they are delicious.  Second, they are super healthy stocked full of wheat germ, whole grain cereal, whole wheat flour and low fat ricotta cheese.  Finally, when I make a quadruple batch like pictured above then freeze the dough in balls, I have a quick and easy breakfast that is ready in less than 15 minutes, 12 of which I don't have to do anything but wait for the timer to go off.  Click here for the first post that I ever wrote about breakfast cookies. 

This is a great place to start if you are thinking about trying some healthier options in your home.  Besides what kid (or grown up) would not love having cookies for breakfast. 



  1. I have a totally awesome recipe to share with you. It is fast food at home and healthy. Chicken nuggets, french fries, and a milk shake (Sugar free.) I will write down the recipe when I make it tonight and send it your way. It's a hit at my house.

  2. so true about Breakfast....most moms don't really KNOW how "bad" the standard breakfast items are....poptarts (yikes), sugar-coated cereal, doughnuts...
    just getting some Old fashioned oatmeal and a piece of fruit goes a long way...but these look like a GREAT quick grab and go idea.
    Bring some to class...yummy!

  3. Sorry, I lost you email so I have to give this to you here.
    Chicken nuggets
    4 chicken breasts cubed
    1 cup bread crumbs
    1/2 Tbs salt
    1/2 Tbs seasoning salt
    1 Tbs ground flax seed

    Mix last 4 ingredients in large bag. Place chicken in bag and shake to coat.
    Bake at 400 for 20-30 minutes

    French fries

    3 large russet potatoes or 3 red potatoes
    crinkle cutter or knife

    Cut Russet potatoes in fourths, then slice to liking. (I prefer mine thin)
    Cut red potatoes in half then slice.
    place on cookie sheet in single layer and lightly season.
    Bake at 400 for 20-30 minutes depending on thickness.

    Milk shakes
    1 cup sugar free yogurt
    1 cut fruit
    1 Tbs ground flax seed
    1 cup ice if fresh fruit
    1 cup juice if frozen fruit.

    Blend all ingredients (depending on freshness of fruit)

    I also like to do hamburgers instead of chicken nuggets, but you know how to do those.

    Hope you enjoy it.

  4. We love breakfast, but my oldest now goes to school at 6:45 a.m. and rarely gets anything but cold cereal. These cookies are a fabulous idea. Thanks!