Eat 6 cookies for breakfast & still lose weight!
Ahhhh, breakfast. For many of us, it’s the first choice of the day that we’re faced with. If you’re familiar with my blog posts, you’ll know that I consider decision fatigue to be one of the biggest threats to healthy progress. That’s why I feel that it’s so important to be armed with an assortment of healthy – but actually tasty – breakfasts.
Last time, I shared my recipe for the ridiculously delicious, chocolate protein mousse. Today I want to share the recipe for my Banana-Oat Protein Cookies, which I just made this morning as an experiment, after waking up craving something naughty, but not wanting to give into that craving. Basically, I wanted to eat cookies, and who wants to eat just one cookie?
Like my previous recipe, you’ll get a generous protein hit (approx. 19g). Alongside this, you’ll be provided with some healthy carbs to fuel your activity and actually keep you going for more than an hour, which is far more than most commonly eaten breakfasts will manage. The banana will give you a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals, especially potassium, which helps your nerves and muscles to communicate. To make it even better, it takes just 20 mins from start to finish, including prep & cooking time! Also, did I mention there’s absolutely no sugar in this recipe, apart from those which are naturally occurring in the ingredients? You’re welcome.
Nutritional information before extras
Total kcal: 312. Total protein: 19g. Total fat: 6g. Total carbs: 59g.
- 1 ripe medium banana (approx. 115g)
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (approx. 50g)
- Protein powder: I used 1/2 scoop (16g) of Icon Nutrition 100% Grass Fed Whey, which gave me 12.5g protein.
Optional Extras – choose as many or as few as you like:
(2tbsp – 1/4 cup in total should be sufficient for most)
- Dried cranberries / cherries / blueberries
- Dark chocolate chips
- Chopped/flaked almonds / pecans / macadamia nuts / hazelnuts
- Desiccated / flaked coconut
- Cacao/cocoa powder, for a chocolatey flavour
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla essence
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2-1tsp Ginger
*I used 1 tbsp dried cranberries & 1 tbsp flaked almonds in mine and they were really good. I also sprinkled some cinnamon on top of one of them just to try, and that worked really well also. Next time, I’m going to try dark chocolate & dried cranberries or cherries!
**Bear in mind that any extras will change the nutritional value of these cookies, so please check before adding them in if you’re tracking your kcal or macros.
***If you don’t have protein powder you can still make these and they will provide 6.5g protein & 237kcal.
- Pre-heat oven to 175°C/350°F and coat a cookie sheet or baking tray with cooking spray (I used coconut oil spray). Alternatively, cover with parchment paper.
- In a small-medium size mixing bowl, mash the banana with a fork until there’s little to no chunks left.
- Mix in protein powder & oats, ensuring everything is evenly distributed.
- Fold in any extras, once again ensuring everything is evenly distributed.
- Put tbsp size spoonfuls of the cookie mixture onto the baking tray and flatten with the back of the spoon.
- Bake for 15 minutes, or until the cookies are golden and the edges are a little darker than the middle.
- Give them a couple of minutes to cool down & then enjoy!
NOTE: The second picture is of the cookies before I flattened them with my spoon, if you put them in like that they will probably cook in that shape!
So there you have it, 6 cookies, packed with goodness and tasting delicious. Who said healthy had to be boring?
Do you have any healthy dessert-style breakfast recipes in your ammo for when you’re feeling naughty in the morning? Leave a comment below and share the love!
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