A theme is emerging with my last few posts, today included.
It is vegetables. For Breakfast. In convenient, portable, handheld form.
Today, it’s avocado, which I’ve blended into a scrumptious, filling breakfast cookie.
The remaining ingredients are equally straightforward, and chosen for delivering heaps of lasting energy: sunflower seeds, pepitas, flaxseed meal, coconut flour, and a combination of bananas, applesauce and dried fruit for both moisture and sweetness.
I wanted to create something similar to a soft granola bar, sans nuts (yes, you can pack in kids’ lunches, even if nuts are banned!) and exclusively sweetened with fruit. I considered using avocado oil, as I recently purchased a new bottle, but ouch! Is it expensive! My gaze turned to the slightly over-ripe avocado in our fruit bowl, and my frugal inner child decided to give it a go in place of any added oil.
For the granola-like crunch, the seeds get a coarse grind in the food processor, just to the point where the pieces are about the size of rolled oats. I threw in my dried fruit along with the nuts; it’s a simple way to use less fruit (lower sugar) while still getting a pleasant hint of sweet in every bite.
Coconut flour is one of my favorite ingredients, but it can be challenging to use without the protein structure and stability of eggs.
Challenging, but not impossible.
I love challenges.
Both seeds and flax do the structural work in here, aided by baking the cookies in a muffin tin, which prevents them from spreading and flattening. The results are tender and toothsome, just like the soft granola bars I hoped they would be!
Any type of dried fruit will work in the recipe, or you can take the chocolate chip route. For the latter, I recommend the miniature variety (no need to chop in the food processor). I add small amounts of stevia (I packet), cinnamon (1/2 teaspoon) and vanilla (1 teaspoon), too, but they are entirely optional.
The avocado works like a dream; I will definitely use it more in my morning bakes! Kids and skeptical partners will never guess that it is there.