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My First Breakfast Cookie

After reading Gina’s The Fitnessista blog for over a year, I finally made a breakfast cookie!

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Um, WHY did it take me so long to try this?? So. Good. So good!

Here’s my spin on it based on Gina’s recipe:

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Breakfast Cookie
  • 1/3 old fashioned oats
  • 1 T peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice)
  • 1/2 scoop Designer Whey Vanilla Protein Powder (which I bought on Gina’s recommendation, actually)
  • 1/8 c milk (I used organic cow’s milk, but I bet almond or rice milk would really tasty)
  • 1 T (or so) dried cherries, chopped
  • 2 t shredded coconut
  • 1 T semi sweet chocolate chips (Tyler taught me that it’s OK to have chocolate for breakfast)
  • Cinnamon

I followed Gina’s instructions:

  1. Combine oats, PB, and protein powder (if using) until combined and kind of crumbly.
  2. Add milk and stir until well combined.
  3. Add in your tasty mix-ins.
  4. Transfer it to a plate and using the back of a spoon, flatten and spread it out to make a cookie-ish shape.
  5. Stick ‘er in the fridge and let set overnight.
  6. Wake up to deliciousness. Sprinkle with cinnamon and devour with a spoon.

I haven’t been craving oatmeal since the weather has warmed up and have been living on Kashi GoLean. I love eating oats for breakfast since they are so clean and cheap, but I haven’t really been craving chilled overnight oats. (I think my last batch was too goopy and turned me off.) This cookie totally hit the spot. It’s a perfect summer breakfast.

Cookie notes:
  • It hardened up more than I was expecting it to, which was nice.
  • I ended up picking out the chocolate chips (crazy, I know). They were too hard compared to the other textures; I wish I had cacao nibs!
  • This actually held me over until lunch. I was very surprised.
  • I’m going to make another right now for my breakfast tomorrow. 🙂

FYI, I had dried cherries on hand because I plan to make Mama Pea’s Cherry Almond Granola this weekend. Has anyone tried it?

I had coconut on hand because, along with the rest of the blog world, I made Jessica’s Loaded Blueberry Coconut Muffins yesterday. (I may or may not have gone to the store at 7:30 AM to buy coconut just to make these muffins.)

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Also, happy 2 year blogiversary to Gina! I think it’s fitting that I had my first breakfast cookie on her bloggy birthday. 🙂

Have you ever had a breakfast cookie before?

What would you suggest for mix ins?

Also, I updated The Boxer Dog page with a few new pictures if you need a puppa fix. 🙂

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32 Comments

  • Reply
    Alex @ IEatAsphalt
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    I have to laugh because I wanted to make those muffins as well this weekend! I didn’t have any coconut, and tend to have a slight allergy, so I made banana-blueberry muffins instead. I’ve been seeing a lot of blueberry muffins in the blog world lately! Obviously, we’re on to something good.

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    Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries
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    I MUST make a breakfast cookie! Although I might make mine for a snack and use lots of choco chips! 🙂
    Oh and the Designer Whey is great! TJ’s also has a brand called “Aria” which is pretty good.

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      Teri
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      It would be an awesome snack!

      I wish I had TJ’s close by!!

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    Lauren @ Health on the Run
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    Love love LOVE the new pics of Maizey! Thanks for adding them — you know I’m always in need of a boxer fix! 🙂

    I’ve actually never tried a breakfast cookie, even though they seem right up my alley. But I don’t buy protein powder ever (do you think it would completely lose it’s texture if I made one without it?)…and I’m also really bad about remembering to make overnight oats. Maybe one of these days…

    And those muffins also look amazing. Definitely something I need to make soon!

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      Teri
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      I’m glad you liked the pictures of Mmaizey. 🙂

      Yeah, I think the texture would be OK without protein powder. I’ll test it out and let you know.

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    claire
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    I actually haven’t had one yet! I have only done the overnight oats thing…with success! Those muffins…yum!

    Oh, and to spinning question from the last post…I have not yet been to a spinning class…pretty crazy!

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    christina
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    i’ve actually never made a breakfast cookie. i’d definitely have to put chocolate and nuts in mine!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish)
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    i haven’t had one of Gina’s cookies because I can’t bring myself to pay for protein powder…but they look and sound so great! i have a cookie i like to make in the winter though…sooooooooooooo good!

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      Teri
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      I bet you could do it without the protein. I’ll try it out and let you know.

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    Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches
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    I love Gena’s B-fast cookie! They’re fantastic. My favorite mix-ins are cacao nibs (for texture) and shredded coconut! The coconut adds so much flavor…just adding a tablespoon or two makes me feel like I’m eating a macaroon for breakfast! A very healthy macaroon, of course.

    • Reply
      Teri
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      Seriously, the coconut does wonders to the cookie!

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    Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter
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    I love Gina’s breakfast cookie! I don’t like chocolate chips in it either. Definitely dried cherries would be good. I use raisins. I haven’t had one since last summer though. We’ve had such a cruddy spring that I haven’t craved that yet.

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    Jessica @ How Sweet
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    I am glad you liked the muffins!

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    Becky
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    Can you believe I have never made a breakfast cookie or overnight oats? You cookie makes me want to give it a whirl. I love dried cranberries…and maybe some pumpkin! Not so summery, but I love the flavor combo.

    • Reply
      Teri
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      that combo sounds delish! I might have to try it soon; I can’t wait until the fall!

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    Lauren
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    Still haven’t tried to B-fast cookie. Is it kind of live Overnight Oats only less liqiudy? I think I shall give it a go one of these summer days.

    Your muffins look sensational! No shame in running out to get the coconut. I’ve been known to hit up the store at all hours to get some almond milk or nut butter. Like I said, no shame! 🙂

    • Reply
      Teri
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      It’s the same concept, but it’s not liquidy at all. It sets up like a chewy cookie. You must try it!

      And thanks for understanding my emergency store run. haha!

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    Alycia @ Fit n Fresh
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    I’ve totally had a breakfast cookie before – they are so good and wayyy more filling than you’d expect. I’m pretty sure I mixed in chocolate chips with mine as well (but I’m not crazy enough to pick them out lol) as well as banana and walnuts. You know, I think I’m gonna have to make one for breakfast tomorrow now thanks to this post!

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      Teri
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      oooh, banana and walnut sounds delicious!!

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    Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries
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    No, but I think you just inspired me to create my first one tomorrow!

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    Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards)
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    still have not tried this, so embarassing. you have motivated me. this week!!! 🙂

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    Nichole
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    I actually tried a breakfast cookie not too long ago. Now between that and overnight oats, I am full on addicted. Dried cherries are delicious. I love dried mango too. Delicious, quick options.

    The sand pic of your baby is the best.

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    Andrea (Sweet N Green)
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    Glad you finally tried the B-fast Cookie! Aren’t they amazing?! My favorite combo is peanut butter, cocoa, and banana. So good. I actually had that this morning 🙂 I’ll have to try the coconut and cherry combo that sounds pretty good!

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      Teri
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      That combo sounds awesome! I’ll have to try that one next.

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    Jennifer
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    I have never had a breakfast cookie, but from the looks of that picture I am missing out! I saw Jessica’s coconut muffin recipe too and I am dying to try it! Can’t wait for the weekend!

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    Nicole, RD
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    That looks WONDERFUL! I am going to have to try that! Sooner rather than later, and I mean that! 😉

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    Miranda @ Mirandasjeans
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    I love the Breakfast cookie, though we haven’t been together in a few months. Everytime I try and decide what I want for breafkast, I rememebr BC, and think why didn’t I plan this out last night. Hmmm Maybe tonight or tomorrow night I shall throw together a BC. They are so GOOOOOOOOOD! 😀

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    Lisa (I'm an Okie)
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    I used to make breakfast cookies quite a bit last summer but somehow I got out of hte habit! They are tasty–and so easy!

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    Christie
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    Oh man- your take on the breakfast cookie sounds fantastic! I love dried cherries!

    I’ve been meaning to try Gina’s recipe too, but think I might finally cave and try it your way!

    ~Christie

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    Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner
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    Cookies for breakfast — totally my thing! 🙂

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    Alysha @ She's on the Run
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    I’ve made no-bake granola bars and these sounds similar. I keep hearing about cacoa nibs…why are they so great!? And where can I find them.

    Love the blog by the way! Such great recipes.

    Alysha @ShesontheRun

    • Reply
      Teri
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      mmm, no bake granola bars? that sounds right up my alley!

      Cacao nibs are great because they don’t have any added sugar, have great crunch, and tons of antioxidants. They are what chocolate comes from. Pretty bitter but great in certain recipes. I got mine from iHerb.com. If you decide to order some, let me know – I think I have a discount code for iHerb.com somewhere!

      So glad you are enjoying the blog and the recipes!! Thank you!

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