When the kids came back from their week at Grandma and Grandpa’s, I had a new breakfast idea up my sleeve. Some weeks back, I discovered Iowa Girl Eats, a great blog by, get this, a local! It’s full of enthusiasm and great ideas, is practical and not pretentious, and features some lovely pictures.
Kristin at IGE posts often about this “breakfast cookie.” From first mention, I was intrigued. Initially, I thought a breakfast cookie would essentially be a granola bar, just a different shape.
Not so. While not as portable as a granola bar, it most definitely tastes better. The oats are tender and creamy after spending the night hours softening in the yogurt and banana mixture, the creamy spread of yogurt is like frosting, and the fruit on top gives it a wake-you-up pop of deliciousness!
The first time I made one, I was hooked. (Though I will admit I was a bit skeptical when I prepped it the night before…Don’t fret if you try it and feel the same. It’s totally worth any “is this really going to be any good?” doubts you might have.)
Given my general lack of time every. single. morning, the breakfast cookie is ideal for me us because
- It requires very little prep.
- There’s no need to turn on the oven.
- It requires just a few basic staples and only the teeniest bit of forethought.
- It’s packed with protein and filling enough to keep you going all morning.
Now, I tried this out on my kids and was surprised by their reactions. Birdgirl loves oatmeal. We’re talking loooooves it, even more so if there’s a dollop of yogurt on top. So, naturally, I thought she’d love the breakfast cookie. The Boy, on the other hand, is not a fan of oatmeal, or new things in general, so I didn’t have high hopes for his review.
All this is to say she didn’t like it and he did like it. Go figure.
Anyway, I thought it was fantastic. It’s even better with this:
I imagine you could mix this up any number of ways:
– Use plain yogurt as a base and play off virtually any fruit (from fresh berries or peaches in the summer, to cooked apples in the fall); use vanilla yogurt (it’s like frosting); or pair a fruit combo–like bananas in the oats, strawberry yogurt for the topping.
– Add some peanut butter and maybe some honey to the oat mixture (I tried this and loved it; kids…weren’t so crazy about it)
– Include some dried fruit or, better yet, chocolate chips in the oat mix or on top!
Here’s your starting point:
from Iowa Girl Eats
1/4 c. oats
1/2 mashed banana
1 T. slivered or sliced almonds
Mix the oats, mashed banana, and a few spoonfuls of yogurt and spread onto a small plate. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, top your cookie with a spread of yogurt and your favorite fruit.