This weeks Craving Ellie in My Belly was chosen by Natalie of What’s for Supper? She chose Breakfast Cookies. Any recipe that wants me to eat a cookie for breakfast is worth a try in my book.

These are basically a healthy cookie muffin cross breed. They are soft and cakey cookies made with whole wheat pastry flour, rolled oats, bran cereal, canola oil, pureed carrot baby food, sugar, and a small bit of butter. Sound appealing yet? How about if we flavor them with a generous amount of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla and add some walnuts and raisins? (Don’t skimp on flavorings, they are very necessary.)

Truth be told, I was actually intrigued by this recipe and excited to try it. Since I am not an early riser (at all) we don’t do hot or prepared breakfasts during the week. However, I do always have some kind of muffin in the freezer that we can take out in the morning and eat. So I was pleased to see this picked by Natalie so I could try a breakfast alternative.

I did make some substitutions/changes:
1. I did not use the bran cereal flakes, instead I used an equal amount of oats
2. Instead of pureed carrot baby food I used some applesauce.
3. I used dried cherries instead of raisins. I am currently slightly obsessed with dried tart cherries.

Overall, these were not bad. As I already alluded, I felt that the cinnamon and nutmeg really carried these things flavor wise. I have only eaten one so far, the rest are in the freezer for quick breakfasts. I think I may try heating one up in the microwave for like 30 seconds and spreading some jam or peanut butter on it. Or maybe I’ll go crazy and do jam AND peanut butter.

I am not sure if I would make these again. Since Nick really can’t eat whole wheat, that means that I would have to make these for myself and something else for him. In addition, I think I still prefer a muffin over these cookies.

I do think that these cookies have some potential for playing around and adjusting to personal preference. So I would encourage you to read the recipe and think about how you could make it to suit you. You could also read the Food Network reviews for this recipe for some ideas. I also think that there is additional room to make these cookies even healthier by changing out the sugars for agave nectar, maybe adding some flax seed. I am really interested to see what my other Craving Ellie ladies did with their cookies. Perhaps I will be inspired by them to make another batch.

You can find the full recipe for these cookies here.