Mini Maple Walnut Breakfast Cookies

Hello 2015! The new year is in full swing and that means you might be in need of some assistance in maintaining those resolutions. Eating healthier or losing weight seem to always make it to the top of people's lists (mine included), but these commitments are so difficult to keep. Why is that so? Going from two weeks (if not more) of buffet dinners and extravagant desserts make it hard to switch gears once the clock strikes midnight on January 1st. We've gotten so used to reaching for that 3pm donut that we don't know how to get through the day without it. These cookies are the afternoon snack alternative you are looking for. Grab two or three of these with a cup of tea and you'll be set until dinner. 

So I'm calling these breakfast cookies and then telling you to eat them in the afternoon. That's confusing, right? Really these are anytime cookies, but the texture of these are similar to that of what people call breakfast cookies. They're dense and packed full of energy to help you plow through your morning (or afternoon). The whole food ingredients in these cookies make them "resolution friendly". Plus, they're incredibly delicious and I would eat them whether or not they were healthy. 

Let's talk about the baking. Set aside the icing and prepackaged gingerbread cookies that you've been living off of for the past few weeks and break out the whole wheat flour and oats that have been hidden in your cupboard. It's time to keep those resolutions. The maple syrup in these cookies is not the syrup you buy to pour over your pancakes, it is 100% pure maple syrup. You should be able to find a bottle of it at most grocery stores. Feel free to swap out the walnuts for any other nut that you have. Pecans or Almonds would definitely be delicious. If you're not super in to the glaze don't add it. I like that it adds a little sweetness without being overpowering, but if it's not your thing then it's not your thing. 

This is the year you will keep those resolutions. I believe in you. Now get baking!

xo, Jenna  

MAPLE WALNUT BREAKFAST COOKIES

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cooked sweet potato, mashed
  • 3 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

       The Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • dash of nutmeg to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix the flour, oats, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Combine the butter, vanilla and maple syrup in another bowl. Add in the sweet potato and egg. Mix until well combined. Add in the flour-oat-baking-soda-salt mixture and stir well. Add in the nuts. Scoop onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 7 minutes. Allow to cool on the pan before glazing. Glaze and then eat. 

To make the glaze, combine the maple syrup, corn starch, and nutmeg. If you want your glaze to be thicker add more cornstarch. if it's too thick add more maple syrup.