Cacao Breakfast Cookies

Hey everyone!! I hope you are all having a great start to the spring season! It has been absolutely gorgeous here in Vancouver ever since spring has hit and we are finally enjoying some warmer weather. With spring here, summer is just around the corner which for me and most people means going to the gym more often and trying to eat healthier.

I have been obsessed with making breakfast cookies lately, I probably make a batch every 5 days. They are perfect in the morning when you’re trying to get ready for work but don’t have enough time to make breakfast or if you’re like me and love to snack at night these are perfect and stop me from craving unhealthy snacks. These particular breakfast cookies I made a couple weeks ago. Since then though I think I have mastered my favourite breakfast cookie – which I will share later this month. But this recipe is also delicious. So I hope you enjoy!

 

CACAO BREAKFAST COOKIES
Makes 18-20 cookies, approx. 76 calories per cookie.

 

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of cacao powder – I love and use Navitas Natural 
  • 1 cup of unsweetened apple sauce 
  • 3 banana’s – preferably soft
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups of oatmeal – uncooked
  • 4 tablespoons of ground flax
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon 
  • 1/3 cup of all natural peanut butter

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Peel banana’s and mash until creamy, I like to use a fork or a potato masher works well too.
  • Add the peanut butter and mix in well with the mashed banana’s. 
  • Add cinnamon, ground flax, vanilla extract, apple sauce and cacao and mix until blended well.
  • Add in the oatmeal last and mix again until blended well. 
  • Let the dough rest for about 10min.
  • Grease the cookie sheet with coconut oil so cookies do not stick to the pan. You can also use Pam Spray but I think the coconut oil works better and is better for you. 
  • Scoop out dough and drop on the cookie sheet then flatten. It will make approximately 18-20 cookies. 
  • Bake for about 20min depending on the size of the cookie. 
  • Let the cookies cool and a cooling rake and put in a container to keep fresh!

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They usually last about 4 days in my house. Then I usually make some more a day later because they are so convienent!

Enjoy!!

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Overnight Oats

I am officially back from my lovely trip to Toronto and while I was gone things have changed. Starbucks has their red cups now, it seems to be Christmas in all the stores, I am now 25 and It seems to be a lot colder in Vancouver. I am happy to be back in Vancouver and see the mountains and the ocean but I am missing Toronto at the same time. My trip consisted of visiting with family and friends, checking out the new Aquarium, going to numerous Halloween parties, having a wonderful dinner on the top of the CN Tower and I could go on forever but I will stop there.

While I was gone I ate out quite a bit and was also spoiled to have someone cook a few delicious meals for me. But now that I am back in Vancouver I am trying to get back to my usual eating habits. One of my favourite things to have for breakfast is Overnight Oats. This is a great meal if you don’t have time to make something in the morning because most of it is made the night before. This meal is full of fibre and protein and it is a great meal to start off a busy day. The best thing about overnight oats is that you can change it up every morning if you wanted to.

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Ingredients:

For the overnight oats:

  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt
  • 2/3 cup of milk (or milk substitute) 
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds

Variation:

  • 2/3 cup of berries 
  • 2 tablespoons of slivered almonds
  • drizzle of honey

Instructions:

  • Combine the oats, greek yogurt, milk, and chia seeds into a bowl. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap. Let the mixture to sit in the refrigerator overnight. 
  • In the morning mix in the variation and enjoy!

The variation can change whenever you’d like. I also enjoy adding in a banana with a large scoop of natural peanut butter. But you can put any type of fruit or nut in to make any type of variation you want! The possibilities are endless!!

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