This month is kind of bittersweet for me. I have decided that this is going to be my last Secret Recipe Club post. My life has just seemed so busy and hectic lately (which I don't even fully understand myself), next year is turning out to be even crazier (more on that later) and I'm trying to find ways to simplify. I have been a part of Secret Recipe Club for 16 months now, and I have truly enjoyed all the great new recipes I have tried and friends I have made. But the last few months I've have found the SRC to be on my back-burner, and each month I complete the challenge closer and closer to the deadline. And honestly, I made these cookies at 8:30 this morning. I have been debating it for a few months now, but I think the time has come to say Good-bye.
This month I was assigned to the wonderful blog Loving Life, written by Kristin, a stay at home-homeschooling mom of two daughters. Kristin's blog is a great "life" blog - she posts about every aspect of her life, from lots of delicious recipes to stories, pictures, and everything they do. Head on over and check out everything she has to offer!
It was rather hard to choose what I wanted to make this month, there are so many good choices on Kristin's blog! Eventually I landed on breakfast cookies. Joel has been asking me to make him some for months - he gets up at 3:30 every morning to go to work, doesn't want to get up even earlier to take the time to make and eat breakfast. The cafeteria at the hospital does serve breakfast, but there isn't a lot to choose from at 4 in the morning, and most of what they have anyway are things like biscuits and gravy and eggs with bacon. Delicious, yes, but not exactly what you should eat for breakfast every morning. I've been trying to find a good breakfast that he can grab and eat in the car on his way to work, and we both thought that breakfast cookies would be the way to go!
The hard part about breakfast cookies is that so many people throw some peanut butter and oats into a cookie and call it "breakfast". We wanted something that was mostly healthy and packed full of protein! I've been looking at recipes for a while now, but just haven't been too thrilled with what I have found. This recipe looked to be a good place to start, though, so we decided to dive right in. They were super simple to throw together, and packed with delicious things like dried fruit, oats, peanut butter, and pumpkin seeds. They turned out to be pretty tasty, too! I really liked the pumpkin seeds in them, and they pretty much tasted like a peanut butter cookie with lots of fun extras thrown in! Joel said they were good, and easy to eat on his way to work, but didn't last too long before he was hungry again. Cookies just don't make a good meal. :) Ladybug, however, thought cookies for breakfast was the best thing ever.
Breakfast Cookies (Loving Life)
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
5 TBSP ground flax seeds
6 TBSP water
1 1/4 cup flour or multi-grain cereal mix
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2-3 cups oats
1/2 cup unsalted pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries
* Note: I only had salted pumpkin seeds, so I used those and omitted the additional salt in the recipe. I also used a dried fruit mix, because that is what I had in my cabinets. You may use whatever combination of dried fruit you have/like.
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a small bowl, mix together the flax seed and water and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, mix together the oil, brown sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla until light and fluffy.
In the big mixing bowl (with the wet ingredients) add the flax seed mixture, the cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and flour. Mix until just combined.
Stir in the oats, dried fruit, and seeds.
Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat or parchment paper and drop the dough onto the cookie sheet in either 2 Tablespoonfuls (for small cookies) or in 1/3 cup scoops (for large cookies).
Bake for 10 minutes (small cookies) or 17 minutes (large cookies).
Let stand for 3 minutes on the cookie sheet before removing.
See all the other delicious goodies made for this month's Secret Recipe Club!