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I love this easy healthy breakfast idea: Zucchini Cookies. These healthy make ahead breakfast cookies are great fresh or also as a freezer meal.
Zucchini for breakfast!? Yep. And bananas, oats, and nut butter, too. All in one transportable, super nutritious, tasty COOKIE.
My kids fight over these things, friends. In fact, I usually double this recipe and freeze more for future breakfasts, snacks, and even lunch box treats.
If the zucchini scares you off, though, simply leave it out or try our traditional breakfast cookie recipe. But, I really think your people might go for it if you give it a try.
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- 2 1/4 cups oats (for gluten-free, be sure to be GF Oats)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup nut butter (I used half peanut and half almond butter)
- 1/4 cup real maple syrup or honey
- 2 large bananas, mashed
- 1 small or 1/2 large zucchini, finely shredded (about 1 cup after squeezing out some liquid)
- 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips (Dairy-Free option: use DF chocolate chips, like Enjoy Life)
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- Preheat oven to 325° F.
- Combine oats, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
- Combine nut butter, maple syrup/honey, bananas, and zucchini in another bowl.
- Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Add pecans and chocolate chips and mix just until combined.
- Using a medium-sized cookie scoop or large spoon, scoop out cookies (about 2 tablespoons each) onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Press them down a little to flatten them, since they won’t during baking.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
Freezer Meal Instructions: To Freeze: Once cookies are completely cool, store in a freezer ziptop bag or other freezer container. To Prepare: To thaw, let sit out for a few minutes on the counter or microwave the cookies in 10 second increments until defrosted.
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