I have this little habit that is draining my bank account, cramping my morning routine and expanding my waistline. But it feels so good! It’s my Starbucks habit and it is out of control. I know I’m not alone on this one but that doesn’t make it any better.
Honestly, it’s not the coffee that bothers me; it’s the pastry case. The coffee is a necessity that I simply cannot start my day without. The pumpkin bread or breakfast sandwich is just an add-on that I find hard to resist. Why do I continue to buy Starbucks food? Time.
Mornings are usually somewhat of a fire drill for me. I am not really a morning person (although I really really wish I was!) so getting out of the house on time for work in the morning in the appropriate attire, with makeup and hair done, and equipped with everything I need for the day, is a little miracle every morning Monday through Friday. To also have coffee prepared and breakfast eaten by that time is nearly impossible. So I grab coffee and food on the run and eat while I am driving to work. Enter Starbucks, enemy of my wallet and waistband.
On the weekend and on my days off, I enjoy oatmeal or cereal for breakfast and I make coffee at home. My favorite breakfast is a big bowl of oatmeal loaded with toppings like nuts and dried fruit, and drizzled with honey or maple syrup. I love the taste and the texture and I love how it fills me up until lunch time rolls around. I have tried to enjoy a bowl of oatmeal before work in the morning but it is hard for me to find the time.
What I really need is to be able to eat oatmeal while I am driving to work. Due to the safety concerns that I have about using a spoon while steering to scoop hot liquids out of a bowl and into my mouth, I haven’t tried it yet. Richmond drivers, thank me later. Fortunately, I will never have to try it because I have found a solution.
Behold, the oatmeal breakfast cookie.
I modified a recipe that I found here and came up with a pretty awesome breakfast that tastes just like my beloved morning oatmeal, except it’s in my hand. Which leaves one hand free for driving to work. Maybe now I can get my act together enough to make coffee so I won’t have to stop at Starbucks at all! (Don’t hold your breath.)
Even if I do need to make an espresso run in the AM, at least I won’t be tempted by the pastry case. I plan to make these on Sunday nights and have them ready to go throughout the week so I can grab and go in the mornings. They aren’t super sweet like dessert cookies because they are breakfast, although I might up the amount of honey or substitute maple syrup in the next batch. They are just sweet enough to not be bland. Either way, this is a great basic recipe that I (and you!) can modify at whim.
Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
- 3 mashed bananas (ripe)
- 1/4 cup apple sauce
- 2 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats
- 1/4 cup skim milk
- 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries (or any other dried fruit you want to add)
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds (or any other chopped nut)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp honey
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Let this mixture stand for ten minutes to let the oats soften.
- Divide mixture into six large mounds and place the dough mounds onto a greased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart from one another.
- Bake for 20 minutes and let cool.
- Refrigerate in an airtight container up to a week.
I have even included the nutritional information (estimated) from Spark Recipes here, in case you are interested: