I'm always looking for ways for Sia to eat breakfast, especially when we're in a hurry and she decides she doesn't need to get dressed that day. After, I found a recipe for yummy cookies a couple of years ago I tweaked it a bit for our family and now Sia thinks she's eating a cookie and I no longer am spending an hour begging a 2 year old to "EAT SOMETHING!!"
1 cup walnuts 1/2 cup almond butter
1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats 1/4 cup apple sauce
1/3 cup whole wheat flour 1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup ground flax meal 1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda 1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chip
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper paper.
2. Pulse the walnuts in a food processor several times to chop; continue processing until the walnuts are ground into flour; transfer to a bowl. Mix in the roiled oats, whole wheat flour, flax meal, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon until thoroughly combined.
3. Combine the almond butter, apple sauce, honey, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract in the food processor and process a few seconds to blend the ingredients well; transfer the almond butter mixture to a large bowl and fold in the dried cherries and chocolate chips. Mix the walnut-oatmeal mixture into the almond butter mixture (dough will be very thick).
4. Scoop up heaping teaspoons of dough, and form into balls; lay the dough balls onto the prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.
5. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and flatten the cookies with a spatula. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes on the baking sheets before removing to finish cooling on wire racks.
Definitely try one as soon as they come out of the oven so the chocolate is still nice and warm. I promise you you're going to love them, unless you're one of those people who doesn't like chocolate then you're an alien..