Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Cranberry Pecan Breakfast Cookies

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You may remember the Breakfast Cookies I made a bit back with currants – they were so super good, and very versatile! - so this weekend, I made them again but changed things up a bit by adding cranberries, pecans and some protein powder to give them even more staying power.

They are so easy to make!  I like to bake them up and throw them in a baggie to grab quickly during the week.  Two of these are hearty and will definitely give you the energy you need in the morning along with a bit of staying power with the added protein.

2 ripe bananas
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
¼ cup chopped pecans (or your favorite – be creative!)
¼ cup chopped dried cranberries (again, any dried fruit would be great!)
1 ½ cups quick oats

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mash bananas until they are creamy like so:

  • Add the applesauce, extract, cinnamon and protein powder and mix.

  • Mix in the pecans, cranberries, and oats.

  • Set aside for about 10 minutes until the ingredients get all happy.
  • Scoop the dough onto a parchment-lined or non-stick baking sheet…these babies will stick so don’t forget this part.

  • Bake for about 20-30 minutes.  I like mine to be a bit softer so I took them out at 20 minutes.

  • Cool and enjoy!
Makes about 6-7 servings depending on how big you make the cookies – I made 14.

2 cookies/serving

Calories 174 / Carbs 29g / Fat 5g / Protein 5g / Fiber 4g / Sodium 10mg

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