Thursday, July 5, 2012

Paleo Breakfast Cookies


This is one of the first grain-free recipes that I concocted, not so much to appeal to Paleo dieters but to introduce the readers of my healthy family cooking blog to grain-free baking. The first time I made them I think I overdid the added sweetener, but this time around I tweaked and made them a little healthier and even more paleo-compliant.

The beauty of this recipe is the ability for customization. Any nut or seed butter can work, and you have carte blanche to add 3 cups of healthy mix-ins. For my latest batch I went with 1 cup shredded coconut, 1/2 cup raisins, 1/2 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips and 1 cup hemp hearts.

The latter are a new addiction of mine. I first bought them at Whole Foods and now stock up more cheaply on Amazon. I mix them into smoothies and sprinkle them on top of paleo hot cereal. They have a mild, nutty flavor and great crunch!


Paleo Breakfast Cookies

1 cup raw almond butter or organic sunflower seed butter
1 egg
1/4 cup raw honey or maple syrup
3 cups total mix-ins of choice
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients in a stand mixer until thoroughly blended. Drop by tablespoons onto a greased or Silpat-lined baking sheet. Press down slightly with hand and bake for 12-15 minutes.


31 comments:

  1. these look and sound easy and yummy. what are some mix in suggestions? i see you used chocolate chips. What's the grain looking mix-in? thanks!

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  2. Oh my, please ignore the last half of my comment up there! I just need to read your entire post more carefully :)

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  3. no worries Erin! This was my first time trying out the hemp hearts in the cookies. Any nuts or seeds work great, some ground flax or other dried fruit would work as well. I use coconut every time because I love it so much and the flavor really compliments the nut butter, but the sky is the limit!

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  4. WOW great cookie!!I used choc chips, cocanuts, hemp hearts and sunflower seeds. I must say these will be my go to cookie from now on. I love it when you can eat something sweet and guilt free.

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  5. Deb, so glad you liked them! And that you've tried hemp hearts. I love those crunchy little guys.

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  6. I've made these many times now and we LOVE it. Instead of making individual cookies, I throw it all on the baking sheet and cook it up. When it's done I crumble it up and we call it cookie granola. :)

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    1. Thank you for sharing your method. This has become one of my husband's favorite breakfast foods. I make it once or twice a week and he always says he loves it. Thanks again, Erin AND Susan of course :o)

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  7. greatest idea ever Erin! I am such a granola junkie, cannot wait to try out your method :)

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  8. Omg these are SO GOOD! I made them for my boys (1&4) and we can't stop eating them. Thank you!

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  9. These are the best cookies I've had in years. I'm so used to my grain free attempts to bake ending with something that falls apart and is bland. These are chewy and delicious!

    Thank you!

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    1. such a big compliment... thank you Joan! So glad you liked them.

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  10. Looks great! Any luck making them vegan, i.e. no eggs? What did you use and how did it work? Thanks! From, an egg and dairy free mom

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    1. Great question and YES! I have used both a flax & chia "egg" and both worked well. For both I use a ratio of 3:1 tbs. of water to seed. The cookies are a little more fragile than egg-based but taste delicious.

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  11. any idea how many calories is in each cookie? I love them so much!

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    1. Hi Marissa! Thanks for your question. I can't help you though (I don't track the cals/fat/etc for my recipes). I think you could try to input the info on Sparkpeople.com and it calculates it though? Glad you like them!

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  12. Susan
    I would like to let you know that these Breakfast Cookies have become a Favorite with our entire family. I make a batch every other week, they freeze great and make a great go to meal when we are short on time. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. So glad you all like them Sherry! I love to keep a batch in the freezer too... great to grab when the kids are ravenous or we're running late.

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  13. Yum! Made these last night and 4 have already disappeared...Nice and chewy and love the cinnamon. I added golden raisins, Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips, and chopped up walnuts. So great for a decadent breakfast or dessert.

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    1. so glad you liked them, Ashley! Thanks for letting me know.

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  14. Just made these with my sister who's on a yeast-free, dairy-free, sugar free diet. They were great! We used coconut, toasted pecans, toasted pumpkin seeds, raisins and hulled hemp seeds equaling 3 cups.
    We used a melon ball scoop and parchment paper. Cookies took about 7 minutes to bake.
    They were so great! I'm making them again this weekend for others. Thank you!

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    1. So glad everyone liked them, especially your sister! You are much neater than I am, using a melon ball scooper ;)

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    1. and I love you for letting me know! thanks!

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  16. These are wonderful! Thank you! How many cookies equal one serving?

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    1. I wish I could say! I believe sparkpeople.com allows you to enter nutritional info... I try to not worry about serving size too much personally, but these are hard to resist!

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  17. I have made several times. So amazingly good. Don't try to substitute peanut butter. Its not good that way.

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  18. Best cookies ever!!!!! I made them for the first time the other day and am amazed at how great they are. They will be a staple in my house.... Thank you Susan for an awesome recipe.

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    1. I just realized I missed a bunch of comments that were posted over our spring break. Many apologies! I'm so glad you liked these and took the time to share. Thank you Margaret!

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  19. I just made these and they were DELISH! :) For the mix-ins, I used 1 c. shredded coconut, 1 c. chopped walnuts, 1/2 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, and 1/2 c. ground flaxseed. I will have to try the hemp hearts! Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Thank you! So glad you liked them. I just posted an egg AND nut-free variation: http://www.preppypaleo.com/2014/08/nut-egg-free-paleo-breakfast-cookies.html

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  20. I read your blogs regularly. Your humoristic way is amusing, continue the good work!www.gourmet-paleo.com

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