Everything but the kitchen sink (breakfast?) cookies

It is no secret that I love sweets of all kinds, especially those that contain chocolate.  When I was little, my mom used to let me have things like cookies, cupcakes, and brownies for breakfast as a treat like on my birthday or when my dad was out of town (guess mom considered that a treat, sorry dad).    If I could eat that kind of stuff for breakfast everyday I would.  But, that wouldn’t be very healthy, now would it.  To compromise, I wanted to make a recipe that tasted enough like a cookie that it would be a ‘treat’, but was also semi-healthy so I wouldn’t have to feel guilty eating them for breakfast.  Enter everything but the kitchen sink breakfast cookies.  I had a basic idea in mind (flour, sugar, eggs, the usual cookie suspects).   But I just kept finding stuff in my cupboard that I wanted to add.  I actually made these bad boys pretty healthy because I added a lot of wheat bran to increase the fiber and protein.   I also added a little bit of soymilk to liquefy the dough a bit, with the added bonus of a protein boost.  I use/drink soy slender soymilk, either chocolate or vanilla.  It is SO good and also pretty low in calories, 70 calories per cup.

Here is the recipe.   Some of these are estimates because I got a little pour happy and found myself not measuring.  

For things like flour and sugar, which do matter, I made sure to measure to give you guys an exact amount.   The stuff I didn’t measure, like wheat bran and wheat germ, I think it is easier just to do by taste.  If you don’t like a wheat flavor, don’t add much (or leave out entirely).   If you love chocolate, add more chocolate chips, etc.

Breakfast Cookies

½ cup flour

¼ cup potato flour (you could just use ¾ cup normal flour but I wanted to try this stuff out)

¼ cup sugar

2 T butter

1 t vanilla

1 t cinnamon

1 t nutmeg

¼ t salt

3 T wheat germ

¼ cup bran

½ cup applesauce

1 egg

Approx. 1-cup oatmeal

Approx. ¼ cup chocolate chips

A handful of walnuts, chopped

I first added both flours, sugar, butter, vanilla, egg and seasonings because these are things I knew I needed to include.

I also made sure to melt the butter completely so it served as more of a liquid.  Then, I added in the rest of the dry stuff: wheat bran and wheat germ and mixed with applesauce until it seemed like a good consistency.

From there I added the oats, and when it dried out I added a dash of milk.   Chocolate chips and walnuts were added at the end.   The dough will be pretty sticky, but if it seems too dry just add a little bit more applesauce or milk.   I baked at 350 for 10 minutes.   They turned out really well surprisingly, since baking is sometimes tough to do without exact measurements.  They are super addicting and I have finished almost the whole batch already.    I don’t know if I even remembered to save any for breakfast!

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