Peanut butter, banana, and oats come together for these delicious and nutritious oatmeal cookies – perfect for breakfast on the go!
How is your new year going? Working towards new goals? This year I am taking running to the next level – I will be running my first half-marathon in March! Now that I am training more seriously, I need to pay closer attention to what I am eating as well as what I am not eating. Having said that, my new goals are to focus on drinking more water, increasing my protein intake, and eating breakfast every day.
I fall into breakfast ruts from time to time, and so I am always on the look out for breakfast options that are delicious, nutritious and easy to prepare. Breakfast oatmeal cookies to the rescue!
These cookies require only five ingredients and make for a great breakfast on-the-go or an afternoon snack. And they are high in protein and fiber, too. The flavor profile consists of the classic combination of peanut butter and banana. You can even customize to your liking and toss in your favorite mix-ins like dried fruits and chocolate chips. What’s not to love?
- 2 cups old fashioned oats, divided
- 2 large ripe bananas, mashed
- ¼ cup peanut powder
- ¼ cup maple syrup or honey
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Optional add-ins: ½ cup chocolate chips, dried cranberries, raisins, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, or a combination
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Place one cup of oats in a blender or food processor and process until coarsely ground.
- In a large bowl, combine mashed bananas, peanut powder, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Mix in ground oats, remaining cup of whole oats, and optional add-ins. Stir until well combined.
- Drop cookie dough by large spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets and bake for 12-15 minutes until the cookies are set and the edges are slightly brown. Allow to cool completely on baking sheets.
For this recipe I used Jif Peanut Powder which the same amount of nourishing protein as traditional peanut butter, but with 85% less fat. I like to add it to smoothies to refuel before or after a workout, or just incorporate into baked goods and my morning oatmeal to boost the protein content (and for the delicious peanut butter taste too).
What are some ways you are incorporating peanut powder into your recipes? Any new goals for the new year?