If your family is anything like mine, you probably love all things breakfast. We love breakfast so much that we even have it for dinner at least once a week! When you're living a healthy lifestyle and not dieting all the time, it means you are able to really enjoy and appreciate the food that you eat. It means learning moderation and balance, which is a struggle when you come across a delicious recipe like this!
As many of you know, i started running a little over five years ago but it wasn't until I did my first Beachbody challenge group in august of 2015 when I really started to learn about the incredible importance of nutrition. My first challenge catapulted me into where i am today-- a certified personal trainer, running and health coach and fitness nutrition specialist. I get to help people live healthier happier lives every single day and I absolutely love it.
I am always on the hunt for easy to make yet healthy recipes, not just for myself but things my kiddo will enjoy as well. It's a process of trial and error but this recipe knocked it out of the park. they made my entire house smell like a fall day, they are firm yet moist and are probably one of the best things i have ever eaten.
There is a trend that is currently sweeping the nation, a new "diet" that encourages people to cut nearly all carbohydrates from their diet with the promise of dropping weight quickly. although this diet does tend to give the desired results, there is virtually no evidence in our human history that this way of eating produces life long vitality, since this diet is virtually placing your body into starvation mode. It is also not sustainable long term and most people who reintroduce carbohydrates back into their diet end up gaining back the weight they've lost, which is why diets don't work in the long term but lifestyle changes do.
As a runner, I love my carbs and i will always profess the benefits of regular exercise and eating whole food ingredients in the proper portions to create a sustainable, healthy lifestyle. I hope you enjoy this recipe that was originally written by devout distance trail runner and baker owner, Christine Mineart.
Sweet Potato Breakfast Cookies
makes 12 cookies
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup almond flour or almond meal
1 tablespoon fresh ginger or 1 teaspoon ground
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 cup orange-fleshed sweet potato puree
1/2 cup grade B maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In the bowl of a food processor or high-speed blender, pulse the oats 5 or 6 times, until roughly chopped. place in a large mixing bowl and combine with the almond flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sweet potato puree, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla until well combined. fold into the oat mixture and stir until blended. the dough should be very thick.
4. Use a 1/4 cup measure to drop the batter onto the baking sheet. space the cookies 1 inch apart and lightly press down on each one to slightly flatten.
5. Bake in the center of the oven until the bottoms are a deep golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes.
1 cookie = 1 Yellow, 1/4 blue and two teaspoons
*These are NOT 80 day Obsession approved because of the maple syrup
Recipe Tips: 1 cooked my sweet potatoes using the steam feature of my instant pot in no time at all. i also used my Vitamix to combine all the ingredients until the very end, when i had to take a sturdy spoon to finish mixing them so i wouldn't burn out my blender.