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Claire’s New Favorite Cookie

So I said I was going to try this new recipe: Mini Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookie, well I did and Claire Loves them!!! I omitted the chocolate (really only because I didn’t have any), I also left the sugar out– so they are healthy and I am fine with her having as many as she can eat.  The other thing I like about them is that I can vary the recipe so much: applesauce vs. bananas, different dried fruits etc.  I also added extra oatmeal, I just felt like it needed more bulk.  The original recipe is below:

Mini Chocolate-Chip Love Bites

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • scant 1/2 cup applesauce (can sub mashed banana)
  • 1/4 cup roasted cashew butter (can sub another nut butter)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/16 tsp salt
  • 1-2 tbsp mini chocolate chips or chunks (I used Whole Foods brand, as shown in the photo below)
  • 2 1/2 tbsp freeze-dried raspberries (can sub 1 tbsp dried fruit, or more chocolate chips)
  • 1 packet stevia if using applesauce (or 1 tablespoon sugar. I actually omitted this altogether. If you have no sweet tooth, you can try it that way. And if you have a big sweet tooth—or are used to “non-healthy-tasting” desserts—you can add extra sugar if desired.)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mash the applesauce or banana with the nut butter, then add all other ingredients and mix until well-combined. Shape into cookies (I used a mini cookie scoop) and bake on a greased cookie sheet for around 14-16 minutes, then let cool 10 minutes before removing from sheet. This makes 18 mini cookies (as shown in the photos), or 10-12 bigger cookies.

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