I know that breakfast and cookies are not words that usually go hand in hand, but bear with me because you’re in for an amazing treat!
These little babies are packed with wholesome ingredients and they definitely will keep you full for a few hours. You don’t even have to tell your kids that they’re healthy just say: “honey, how about a cookie for breakfast this morning” and watch those little faces brighten in disbelief 😉
Seriously, we are not talking about melt-in-your mouth type of cookies here, but they are just sweet enough and moist enough to be enjoyed warm from the oven. I use maple syrup (it has to be real maple syrup, don’t settle for the fake stuff), but you could also use an equal amount of brown sugar or honey. What makes these cookies deliciously sweet are the chopped dates and…yes the chocolate chips cookies.
You could omit the chocolate chips and substitute them with more chopped dates, raisins or dried cranberries to make them even healthier. I personally like to add a bit of ‘dessert” feel to my breakfast cookies and let me assure you: they disappear awfully fast (in fact, you should consider making a double batch right away).!
- - ½ cup of softened, unsalted or semi-salted butter
- - ½ cup of maple syrup
- - 1 egg
- - ¼ cup low fat sour cream
- - 1 tsp vanilla extract
- - 1¾ cups of whole wheat flour (or 1 cup of whole wheat flour and ¾ cup of spelt flour)
- - 1 tsp baking powder
- - ½ tsp baking soda
- - ½ tsp salt
- - 2 tbsp ground cinnamon (preferable freshly ground)
- - 1 tsp ground cloves (preferable freshly ground)
- - 1 tbsp ground nutmeg (preferable freshly ground)
- - 1 cup of mini-semi-sweet chocolate chips
- - 1 cup chopped dates
- - ½ cup of chopped walnuts
- Preheat the oven at 350. Cream together the butter and the maple syrup. Add the egg, the sour cream and the vanilla extract. The mixture might look a bit lumpy, but don’t worry, it will be perfect once it’s all mixed.
- Combine and whisk together the dry ingredients
- Add to the sugar mixture, combine, then add in your chocolate chips , dates and walnuts. Mix again with a wooden spoon or with your hands. Drop by tablespoonful onto a cookie sheet. I like them flatter, so I press them down slightly with my fingers or a spoon.
- Bake in the oven on the middle rack at 350 until browned. About 10-12 minutes depending on your oven.
- The cooking time may vary depending on your oven. I suggest that you take a quick peek after the 9 minutes mark.