I was recently asked by a reader for breakfast ideas she could easily grab when she was late for school - something quick, easy, and of course, healthy. Then it got me thinking about my own eating habits and how when they suffer it is because I fail to plan ahead. Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, but it so often gets interrupted by work schedules and early mornings. While I always make sure my weekend breakfast are pretty amazing, my weekday breakfasts are a little bit lacking - usually consisting of some fresh sour dough bread with nut butter or a muffin I grab at work. Lately, I have been in the habit of making a smoothie (like my Big Green Breakfast Bowl) the night before I have to be somewhere early, but unfortunately I don't always find smoothies as filling as I would like them to be. Usually I eat at 5 a.m and then I don't get to sit and eat again for another 5 and a half hours, which leaves me so hungry and susceptible to becoming hangry (a dangerous combination of anger and hunger). My need to find easy snacks, and my reader's need for a quick breakfast got me thinking about what I could make that would be both quick, tasty, and nutritious, and I think I've found it in these little 'cakes'.

I made two versions, one that was unsweetened and one that was sweetened with maple syrup. While I preferred the sweetened version (I have a weakness for sweeter things), both are tasty. I ate my cookies with a little nut butter,  but the unsweetened version would also be tasty with some  jam or honey on top - or just as is! They are great to have on hand as you can simply grab a couple and some fruit and run out the door. They will last about 3 days on the counter or in the freezer for longer storage.

Grab and Go Breakfast Cakes

Recipe: (makes about 10) Print it Here
2 Ripe Bananas
1 ½ Cups Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
½ Cup Flax Meal (ground flax)

¼ Cup Pumpkin Seeds
¼ Cup Sunflower Seeds
¼ Cup Nut Butter (I used almond)
½ tsp. Vanilla
½ Cup Dried Cranberries, Raisins, Chopped Dates, or other dried fruits.

*Optional 3 Tbsp. Maple Syrup (I found I needed to cook them a little longer if added)

**You could also use chopped nuts in place of the seeds, or even add spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg.

Procedure: Mash bananas and combine them throughout with the coconut, flax meal, vanilla, nut butter, and optional maple syrup. Work in the seeds and dried fruit by hand. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes so that the flax can absorb any liquid. Form the dough into ping-pong sized balls, flattening them into little discs (about 1 cm thick, just under ½ inch). The dough will be pretty sticky, so I recommended using clean, damp hands to form the cookies as it will be less likely to stick to your hands (you may have to wash them a couple of times during the process). Bake the cookies on a parchment lined tray at 180 C (350 F) for about 14-16 minutes, 18-20 minutes if the cookies contain maple syrup, or until they begin to brown on the bottom and sides, and the cookies firm up a bit.

xox Sophie

 

27 Comments

  1. Thats a good question that I don't fully have the answer to! I have a feeling that coconut oil might just melt out of the cookies. Maybe a vegan shorting (like a spectrum) would work better. But if that doesn't appeal to you, I think maybe using 2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil and 2 Tbsp. Apple sauce might work 🙂

  2. They will last about 1 week in an airtight container, or a couple of months in the freezer. I think they would make a great travel breakfast too 🙂

  3. How long do you think these will keep...I'm thinking they might be a great travel breakfast...

  4. That's so great to hear, Jennifer 🙂 Yum, that sounds good. I'm glad you're finding the recipe useful.

  5. That's so great to hear, Jennifer 🙂 Yum, that sounds good. I'm glad you're finding the recipe useful.

  6. These are a staple in my freezer. I toast them, butter them, use as hand warmers, and eat them whenever I need a quick me up. 🙂 Jennifer

  7. These are a staple in my freezer. I toast them, butter them, use as hand warmers, and eat them whenever I need a quick me up. 🙂 Jennifer

  8. Hello Heidi, I totally understand - one of my sisters hates coconut too. Off the top of my head I would recommend trying oats or quick oats. You might want to combine all the liquid first, than add the oats slowly - I'm not sure how they will take up the liquid, so you may need more or less. Another idea would be maybe trying almond flour, but I have less experience baking with it. Best of luck, Sophie 🙂

  9. Hello Heidi, I totally understand - one of my sisters hates coconut too. Off the top of my head I would recommend trying oats or quick oats. You might want to combine all the liquid first, than add the oats slowly - I'm not sure how they will take up the liquid, so you may need more or less. Another idea would be maybe trying almond flour, but I have less experience baking with it. Best of luck, Sophie 🙂

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