My husband and I enjoy camping and hiking. We went on a fantastic hike this past
weekend to Lawyer Stephens Cave. James Stephens was a great abolitionist who, during the 18th century, defended African slaves in the then English courts of St. Kitts. During the eleven years he was occupied defending slaves from fraudulent and flimsy charges, he lived in a cave high in the rain forest in Olivees. He did so because he did not want to be perceived as having ties to the plantocracy.
After seeing his home of eleven years I was amazed that he could last so long with so little. I’m not sure I would last 11 days. We both very much enjoyed the hike and being able to see this piece of history.
The attendees were asked prior to the hike to bring along a snack that could be shared. My solution was to create these breakfast cookies. I wanted to pack as much nutrition as I could into a compact light weight snack. With peanut butter, currants, and oats in them I think I covered the nutrition bases. I even added a little bit of chocolate in the form of chocolate chips. After all chocolate is a vegetable isn’t it! I mean it comes from a bean!
These would make a good breakfast even if you’re not into hiking. Especially on those mornings when you’re running late and just want to grab something to take with you.
: Breakfast Cookies
: Whole grain oats, currants, and peanut butter, make these cookies a healthy snack that are as good for starting your day as they are for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
- 1/2 Cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
- 1/2 Cup peanut butter, crunchy
- 1 Cup brown sugar
- 1/2 Cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1-1/3 Cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2-1/2 cups whole grain oats
- 1 Cup currants or raisins
- 1 Cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375F
- Place butter or margarine and peanut butter into the bowl of your stand mixer* and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.
- Add vanilla and continue beating until combined
- Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until incorporated.
- Mix together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Turn mixer to low speed and add flour mixture gradually until just mixed in.
- Add the oats, currants, and chocolate chips and mix until evenly distributed.
- Place dough on cookie sheet in rounded tablespoons.
- Bake 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 15 minute(s)
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Recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies.
*You can make these using a hand mixer or mixing by hand. Using a stand mixer is faster and easier.
Cookies, it’s what’s for Breakfast! Your kids will probably think you’ve lost it if you give them these for breakfast, but they are healthier than most kids cereals. Why not give it a try!