Monday, August 13, 2012

Day 1 of 28 Days of Doing - Healthy Breakfast Cookies

28 Days of Doing - The Pinterest Challenge
In an attempt to DO more than PIN, I've challenged myself to 28 days of doing. I'm tackling 28 projects found on Pinterest in 28 days. You can see the entire collection of pins here.

Today's Pin: Healthy Breakfast Cookie

The Pin's Source:

Cost: No impact - used ingredients I already had in the cupboard

Hours: 15 min. prep

Modifications: Because of the recipes ability to be versatile, I used different ingredients, even different measurements. Here's my rendition:

2 ripe, mashed bananas (recipe calls for 3 but I only had 2)
4 oz. of unsweetened applesauce (recipe calls for 3 oz. but I used a whole container of an individual cup of applesauce)
1/4 cup skim milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbs. Splenda sweetener
dash of salt
dash of cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup sweetened flake coconut
1/2 cup walnuts
2 tbs. semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups of quick oats

Mix together all the ingredients in the order listed. Let the mixture set for 5-10 minutes to allow the oats to hydrate. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

The cookies do not expand or spread so it's easy to bake many on one cookie sheet. Also, since the cookies do not spread I smashed mine down into a cookie-like shape before baking them.

The total Weight Watcher point value of all the ingredients is 39 points (original WW not Points Plus). I was able to yield 17 cookies which made each cookie a little over 2 points each. You could easily cut down the amount of walnuts which was a whooping 11 points or yield smaller cookies to make the point value less.

When I make these again, because yes I am TOTALLY making these again, I will not use Splenda. I read reviews online that said the cookie was not sweet. Granted, the cookie is not sweet like a chocolate chip cookie but sweet enough with the bananas, coconut and chocolate chips. And they are especially sweet enough if consumed for breakfast.

Lastly, I think these cookies would be amazing with other dried fruits such as pineapple, mango and coconut or cherry and almonds, a peanut butter variation or a pumpkin puree variation. Yum!

When cooking with applesauce I've found the individual cups to be more economical in the long run. Natural applesauce in the jar seems to go bad quickly and I don't have that problem with the cups.  

Final Remarks: This is a fantastic recipe! So much versatility and very easy to prepare. I will be making these again.

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