Nutty, Chewy Breakfast Cookies

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    Nutty, Chewy Breakfast Cookies

    Makes 12 Servings

    $0.25 per serving (As of December 2012)

    Cookies for breakfast sound decadent, but with good-for-you ingredients like oats, whole wheat flour, almonds, raisins, and sunflower seeds, and canola oil versus butter, you can feel good about serving these cookies to your family. With a tall glass of low-fat milk, they bring fiber, protein, and health-enhancing fats to the breakfast table.

    1½ cups quick-cooking oats
    1 cup whole wheat flour
    1/3 cup raisins
    1/3 cup unsalted, roasted sunflower seeds
    1/3 cup unsalted, toasted sliced almonds
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    ½ teaspoon salt
    2 large eggs, beaten
    1/3 cup canola oil
    1/3 cup honey
    1/3 cup brown sugar
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with aluminum foil, oil or coat with nonstick cooking spray, and set aside.
    2. Whisk together the oats, whole wheat flour, raisins, sunflower seeds, almonds, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl until well combined.
    3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, oil, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla until well blended. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients, and stir until just moistened.
    4. Working in batches, use a ¼-cup measuring cup to scoop the batter and place on the prepared baking sheets, flattening slightly with the bottom of the measuring cup to create circles, about 3 inches in diameter. Leave about 2 inches between each cookie. If the batter starts to stick to the inside of the measuring cup, spray with cooking spray or simply wipe clean with a paper towel.
    5. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, about 12 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown on the bottom. Cool slightly on the baking sheet before transferring the cookies to a wire rack.

    Nutrition Information per Serving (1 cookie): 240 calories, 11g fat (1g saturated, 0.6g omega-3), 210mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 5g protein, 10% iron

    Tip:  The main “mix ins” in these cookies can easily be changed up. Instead of raisins, almonds, and sunflower seeds, try cranberries, chopped walnuts, and pumpkin seeds. Chopped pecans would be great too!

    Nutty, Chewy Breakfast Cookies

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    1½ cups quick-cooking oats
    Whole wheat flour
    Baking soda
    Ground cinnamon
    Canola oil
    Brown sugar
    Vanilla extract
    1/3 cup raisins
    1/3 cup unsalted, roasted sunflower seeds
    1/3 cup unsalted, toasted sliced almonds
    Large eggs

    Recipe courtesy of Meal Makeover Moms.