Monday, February 09, 2009

30 Days of Food: Breakfast Cookies

The first recipe comes from John Vondracek, Team Kaos. His breakfast bars are a great way to start the day. They also hold together well and can be taken out on long rides and eaten like you would any other type of bar. You can get as creative as you like with the additions. The boys (testers) and I added peanut butter and dried cranberries.  They went over well and a quick to grab snack.


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Breakfast Cookies

It's fun to play with the ingredients, adding raisins, applesauce, peanut butter, hemp seed, different kinds of nuts, etc.  Its a little like a bowl of oatmeal that you can grab on the run!


Ingredients 
  • 3 cups oats
  • 2 medium bananas
  • just under 1⁄3 cup olive oil
  • 1⁄3 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1⁄3 to 1⁄2 cup dates (pitted) - I substitute raisins or prunes
  • 2⁄3 cup toasted almonds or any other nut you like (optional)
  • 2⁄3 cup dark chocolate chips (optional) - original recipe called for carob chips, I prefer chocolate!

Directions 
  1. Mix oats and salt. Add olive oil and mix well.
  2. In a blender, mix bananas and dates until well blended and smooth. You can add a little brown rice syrup, maple syrup or honey if you want them sweet.
  3. Add banana mixture to the oats and blend well. Add nuts and chocolate chips if you like. Let stand for half an hour.
  4. On an ungreased cookie sheet, form cookies (they will not spread or change at all with baking, so make them nice!)
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 12-15 min.
  6. SOME TIPS: You can add an extra banana in place of the dates if you like. Store in the fridge—they are moist and will mold quickly if left out. I warm mine in the microwave for about 15 seconds before eating. ENJOY!

2 comments:

Aaron Pool said...

also good in pancake form or renamed as "ride bars"

Sport said...

Wow, I feel honored to have my entry picked first. I like to add dark chocolate chips,(which are full of antioxidants)and honey or pure maple syrup. Add an extra banana, or peanut butter like Sydney did so they stick together better. I make a double batch, wrap or bag them individually and freeze them. Stick one in your jersey pocket before a ride and you're set. It's a tasty economical and nutritious bar.