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Early October means that the super-hot and humid days of summer are finally fading as the days start to cool off. Fall has always been my favorite season, and while it isn’t quite as pronounced here as it used to be in New England, it’s still decidedly cooler. Along with that cooler weather comes the usual fall routine of picking up our full school schedule again. Even though we homeschool, working with two kids at different academic levels means busy school days. We fit a lot into our days, and that means we need to get every day off to a good start. I’m usually up before the kids every morning because my work schedule, so that gives me plenty of time to pull together treats like these Strawberry Nut Butter Breakfast Cookies to help them start their day right.
With everybody getting up on staggered timeframes and having their own commitments and responsibilities each day, breakfast needs to be satisfying and it needs to be ready whenever they are. That’s why I love these cookies. They’re loaded with oats, nut butter, dried strawberries, pecans and dark chocolate. They are filling AND they’re full of lots of protein, vitamins and minerals. The Carnation Breakfast Essentials powder adds a great strawberry flavor that actually makes them taste a whole lot like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The recipe makes about four dozen or so, and the kids can eat one to two at a time.
For years I thought of Carnation Breakfast Essentials as a great drink for those on-the-go mornings. It wasn’t until recently that I realized how convenient it is to cook with. Earlier this year, we shared our Essential Overnight Oatmeal using chocolate Carnation Breakfast Essentials powder, and it made me think about the mix in a whole new way. I’m really glad to have the chance to share not only how convenient it is for those busy mornings but also how versatile it really can be. I’ve been stocking up on it because the kids love all of the flavors and I really like how well it fits into our busy routines. They even have a new Carnation Breakfast Essentials Light Start line that has fewer calories and less sugar.
What I really like about this recipe is that it’s not just for morning. These cookies are great for that mid-morning snack attack that’s so common. I am raising growing boys, and boy can they eat! It seems like they just finish a meal and they’re snacking all over again. I can feel good about pulling out these cookies during those times. They feel like they’re getting a treat and I get them back to their school work quickly and easily. What more could a mom want? Well, maybe a smoothie – but I can make those from it too. The strawberry flavor mixes really, really well with some cashew milk and a frozen banana! See? That’s another reason why I can’t imagine my pantry without it.
- 2 packets Carnation Breakfast Essentials
- 1½ cup nut butter (I used cashew butter)
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ cup quick oats
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup milk
- ⅔ cup dark chocolate pieces
- ½ cup chopped dried strawberries
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- Preheat the oven to 350
- Cream together the Carnation Breakfast Essentials powders with the nut butter and the regular butter until it is well combined.
- Add the eggs one at a time, mixing until well incorporated.
- Stir in the oats, baking soda and flour.
- Add the chocolate, dried strawberries and pecans, then stir to distribute it all evenly.
- Drop onto a baking sheet by rounded teaspoon or with a small cookie scoop, then flatten them with the bottom of a glass (or a fork if you’re so inclined)
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until golden brown.