Election Breakfast Cookies

Happy Election Weekend everyone!

I hope you’ve all been knocking on doors and drowning yourself in diet coke, large ice coffees, and donuts, but even if that’s not how you have spent the last 48 hours, I think you can probably find some use for these cookies.

When I worked on the New Hampshire primary I lived across the river in Maine, right around the corner from the amazing Beach Pea Bakery. A couple of times a week, I would wake up in the morning and have to drive straight to Concord for a staff meeting–about an hour and a half away. To make this better, my first stop out the door would always be the Beach Pea for a large ice coffee and an applesauce oatie cookie. I convinced myself that these large cookies packed with oats, nuts, and dried fruit were like oatmeal and therefore totally appropriate for breakfast.

While I stand by my position that these cookies were better for me than the muffins and scones also on offer, this says more about how bad eating breakfast pastries on a regular basis is for you than it does about the health benefits of cookies for breakfast.

But, it’s election weekend again and that means that my dietary rules–even hard learned ones–are out the window for at least four days. In honor of the occasion, last week, as the storm rolled in, I baked myself these cookies. They are also applesauce and oat based, and similarly packed with nuts and fruit, but hopefully they are bit healthier–and a lot more wheat free–than the Beach Pea original.

The recipe I based these cookies on had no sugar in it. I didn’t notice this until I got to the end of mixing the batter, and when I did it took me all of a second to decide I wasn’t interested in a completely sugarless cookie so I added some maple syrup. I also swapped out chocolate for cranberries and raisins and changed the flour ratios a bit. The end result comes pretty close to capturing the spirit of my applesauce oatie cookies, although a friend of mine also suggested they tasted like better Cliff Bars, another old election stand by of mine. Either way, I recommend them as an excellent on the go breakfast, although you may still want to refrain from eating them three times a week.

Applesauce Oat Breakfast Cookies: (Inspired by the Beach Pea Baking Co., loosely based on a recipe from Sprouted Kitchen.) 

– 2 cups oats

– 2 bananas

– 1 cup chunky apple sauce

– 2 tbsps vanilla

– 1/4 cup maple syrup

– 1/4 cup olive oil

– 2/3 cup almond meal

– 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

– 1 tsp salt

– 1 tsp baking powder

– 1 tsp cinnamon

– 2/3 cup walnuts

– 1 cup raisins

– 1/2 cup cranberries

– brown sugar for sprinkling

* Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.

* Mash the bananas and mix with applesauce, olive oil, maple syrup, and vanilla.

* In another bowl mix together almond meal, coconut flakes, salt, baking power, and cinnamon.

* Fold together wet and dry ingredients until well blended.

* Add walnuts, raisins and cranberries to mixture until evenly distributed throughout batter.

* I like these cookies on the larger end so I scooped them out in a third cup measure and arranged them in flat circles on baking sheets.

* Sprinkle brown sugar on top of each cookie.

* Bake 15-20 minutes, until firm.