Wholesome Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

I found this recipe for wholesome breakfast cookies in the book One Smart Cookie by Julie Van Rosendaal. I have made a couple of changes to make it even more healthy and was floored by the taste. I really can’t believe that healthy can taste so good. So if you have kids who drive you crazy without having breakfast, then this recipe is for you. These breakfast cookies are packed with proteins, fiber, vitamins and minerals and low in fat too. What better way to start a day than this? With a glass of milk or orange juice it’s sure to fill up even adults.

Wholesome Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies Recipe
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Prep time: 15 Mins
Cook time: 16 Mins
Yields: 24 Cookies
Wholesome Oatmeal Breakfast CookiesVery healthy, tasty and egg free breakfast cookies using quick cooking oats, navy beans, walnuts and cranberries.
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups Quick Cooking Oats
  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • a pinch Cinnamon (optional)
  • a pinch Salt
  • 1 can (19oz/540ml) Navy Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 tablespoons Soft Tub Margarine
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar, packed (I used light)
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Applesauce, measured in a dry measuring cup
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter Chips
  • 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons Flax Seed Meal
Procedure:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F for 15 minutes. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Pulse the oats in a food processor until it resembles coarse flour. To this also add the whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and process until combined. Transfer this mix to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Put the drained and rinsed beans in the food processor and pulse until smoothly pureed. You may add 2-3 tablespoons of water to make it easier. Add the butter/margarine and process until well blended.
  4. Now add the brown sugar, applesauce and vanilla and pulse until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  5. Pour the bean mixture into the oat mixture and stir using a spatula. Add the peanut butter chips/chocolate chips, raisins/dried cranberries, nuts and flax seed meal and stir until blended.
  6. Drop by large spoonfuls of dough onto the prepared cookie sheets. Flatten each one a little with your hand. Have a bowl of water nearby to dampen your palms, so that flattening the cookies will be easy.
  7. Bake for 14-16 minutes, until pale around the edges but still soft in the middle. The cookies baked in a dark coated cookie sheet started browning after 14 minutes itself but the pale coated cookie sheet was done after 16 minutes.
  8. Place the the cookie sheets on individual wire racks. Let it cool for 5 minutes. Transfer the cookies to the cooling rack after that.
Taste:
  1. These cookies tasted very much like the Fiber One Cereal breakfast cookies I have baked earlier. These are very soft cookies, more like a muffin. The presence of whole grain flours like whole wheat pastry flour and oat flour did not affect the taste at all. You cannot detect the navy beans too. It’s not very sweet also. If “healthy” tastes so good, I’m ready to eat healthy always. My son takes it to school as a treat after having his lunch and he likes it so much.
My Notes:
  1. You can use all purpose flour instead of whole wheat pastry flour, white beans instead of navy beans, butter or margarine, chocolate chips instead of peanut butter chips, raisins, pecans instead of walnuts.
  2. For chocolate flavored cookies use 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder instead of the flour.
  3. Updated: I stored these cookies in a cookie jar over the counter and it became very soft. This is okay if you are going to consume it within 2-3 days. The longer it stays on the counter the softer it gets. Recently I borrowed Moosewood Restaurant Low Fat Favorites from the library and found a tip for storing low-fat cookies. It says that the best way to store low-fat cookies is in layers separated by wax paper or plastic wrap in an airtight container in the freezer. Defrost at room temperature for about 20 minutes before serving. But I think storing in the refrigerator should be fine because it gives instant gratification.

These breakfast cookies go to my Wholegrain Baking Event – Oats hosted by me.


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26 Responses to “Wholesome Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies”

  1. Sadhana says:

    Have tried beans in cupcakes, brownies etc but never tried in cookies. Sure is a nice idea.

  2. RedChillies says:

    Hi Madhuram, hope you are feeling well now. Good to hear about the cake decorating class. I am sure we will get to see many recipes from you.

    I’m better now Supriya, thanks. I have taken a lot of pictures but don’t find the time to write.

  3. vini says:

    hi madhuram,

    your webpage is the one for me…
    want to try all your baking recipes…to start with i am trying the whole oatmeal breakfast cookies. but what is navy beans?

    Thank you very much Vini. Navy beans are small white beans, shaped like kidney beans but small in size. You can find it in the canned food section next to chickpeas and other legumes. You can use white beans too or any other light colored beans and I’m sure it won’t affect the taste.

  4. Heather says:

    I made these today and they were very good. I wonder how they would be in “bar” form? They really don’t taste like a cookie to me at all, but as I said I really liked them.

    Thanks for trying it Heather. Bars, is an interesting idea!

  5. Krsna says:

    Hi Madhuram,
    what if i dont have flaxseed meal can i use more baking soda instead?

    Thanks.

    I wouldn’t do that Krsna. The flax seed mixture acts as a binder and not as a leavener. So you may want to use EnerG or applesauce. But remember that using applesauce will make the cookies soft and chewy, not crispy.

  6. Kim says:

    Hi Madhuram,

    This is a great idea – any thoughts on how to make it gluten-free friendly? Do you think the recipe would convert well?

    Kim

    • Madhuram says:

      I think it would, Kim. You could use gluten-free certified oats and a gluten-free all purpose mix or any other gluten-free flour of your choice (like one from Bob’s Red Mill) instead of the all purpose flour.

  7. geetanjali says:

    Hey can you please tell what is the difference between whole wheat pastry flour and normal whole wheat flour.

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