I have been in a breakfast rut.
Breakfast is usually one of my favorite meals because it’s my little piece of quiet before my loud and busy days begin. I am one of those people that will wake up earlier than needed just to have breakfast. I love rolling out of bed, lazily drinking a cup of coffee, and cooking a meal before leaving for school and work. Lately, nothing sounds good to me in the morning though! Oatmeal feels boring, avocado toast and eggs are too cliché, and smoothies don’t appeal to me during the winter.
Then a lightbulb went off the other day in the store. Down the granola bar and cereal aisle, I noticed breakfast cookie products. My first thought was, those aren’t really cookies, those are glorified granola bars. My second thought was, I could do better.
Why not make my own breakfast cookies? Like real warm and soft cookies.
I am still on winter break at my home in Raleigh, North Carolina. My little brother is here too and he is my favorite person to cook for. He is quite the food connoisseur for a 10-year-old. He is always excited to try new foods. And although he is not a picky eater, homeboy loves himself some peanut butter.
That is why I decided to make monster cookies with peanut butter M&Ms to double up on the peanutty goodness. I used applesauce instead of adding more sugar and using butter in the recipe. These cookies are sure to satisfy your morning sweet tooth and give you the energy to tackle anything your morning might throw your way.
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp skim milk
- 1/4 cup peanut butter M&Ms
- 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
- Mix all the oats, flour, salt, and baking powder together in a medium to large bowl.
- Mix all the egg, applesauce, and extracts together in a separate medium bowl. Next, add the creamy peanut butter and stir until you have a smooth and creamy wet mixture.
- Next, mix in the brown sugar and milk into the wet mixture.
- Slowly, pour the wet ingredients into the oat-flour mixture. Stir until everything is mixed together. The texture should be doughy and slightly sticky. Add the M&Ms and the chocolate chip cookies.
- Put the dough in the fridge for 20 minutes and preheat the oven to 325’F.
- Roll the dough into 12-14 balls and place them on a baking stone or a baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake for about 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool before removing them.
I hope you try out this recipe and try these cookies for breakfast!! They are great for your on-the-go or slow mornings. Enjoy y’all!