Well, we are really in the thick of it…summer is over and those leisurely days that we enjoyed between June and August are a fading memory. Many of us are back to school, back to the grind… We are arranging schedules, planning vegan meals, calendaring activities-you name it. As the nurse in a large suburban high school I have the opportunity, often daily, to talk to kids about breakfast. So many of my students skip it and suffer the consequences (headaches, nausea, weakness, dizziness, lack of energy). Maybe those are just “get out of classisms”, but a lot of these young people tell me that they are rushing to catch the bus, overslept, forgot to pack a breakfast, aren’t hungry when they first get up. I suspect that many of us non-students have similar excuses for passing over this VIM (Very Important Meal). BUT NO MORE!
Enter these vegan (and gluten-free for you, Laura W.!) oatmeal breakfast cookies. My earlier post on vegan granola hinted at my recent obsession with oats. THEY ARE A WONDER-FOOD! Cholesterol-lowering, stamina-enhancing, blood-sugar stabilizing, appetite-controlling, they deserve the food EGOT
And these breakfast cookies are a wonder in themselves. Not only do they feature oatmeal, but have pumpkin seeds which have been shown to naturally boost serotonin levels. So your eyes don’t glaze over, I’ll spare you the jargon. Simply put, serotonin is our mood-stabilizing happiness hormone so, yeah, you’re gonna want a boost of this! Maybe Brangelina might have been spared by eating these for breakfast 😉
The ingredients are pretty basic:
Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free flour was such a find and is super-easy sub for regular flour as it’s a one to one ratio. You can also see I used aquafaba- the amazing egg replacer. Read about this little wonder in my post for pineapple ginger coconut muffins.
Raisins and dried cranberries are sweet little moist-makers packed with vitamins and anti-inflammatory benefits. I threw in pecans for a delightfully crunchy somethin somethin. May I also mention that pecans are a sick source of minerals, age-defying antioxidants and fiber? I mean, come on…these cookies are seriously the bees knees of healthy breakfasts!
Plus you can bake and cool and freeze these bad boys in individual baggies to grab and go.
So what are ya waiting for??..Let’s get baking!