The Breakfast Cookie Goes Green

by HEAB on January 19, 2009

Day 1 of the Breakfast Experiment began with a lovely 6 AM power yoga class at Hot Yoga Nashville.  60 minutes of sweat inducing Down Dogs and Chaturangas.  I am so loving my week of Hot Yoga…can’t say enough about it.  My body is changing and getting stronger…after only 5 classes!  Please don’t ever end!  OK, no  more yoga talk…onto the eats.

A couple of months ago, I tried a Fitnessista Breakfast Cookie and failed.  Pumpkin overload was my problem, and although my big pile of oatmeal pumpkin goo was quite tasty, it in no way resembled one of Gina’s lovely cookies.  So, in the spirit of all new breakfast foods all week, I decided to give it another try.  Wise decision for sure!  I knew I would be in a hurry this morning since I wanted to go to yoga, and I had an early morning client.  I assembled my cookie last night, but Heatherized it using an avocado in place of Gina’s usual banana.  I knew I would need a bit more fat to make it through my morning.    

Avocado Oat Delight

Avocado Oat Delight

My cookie batter contained 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 scoop Jay Robb vanilla protein powder, 1/2 mashed avocado, 1 TBSP Naturally Nutty Butter Toffee Peanut Butter, & 2 TBSP vanilla hemp milk.  I combined all ingredients and after spreading on parchment paper, I placed the cookie in the refrigerator overnight to set.  I awoke this morning to a plate o’ mush and decided to place my cookie in the freezer while I sweated it out at yoga.  After class, I returned home for a quick shower and eagerly removed my breakfast from the freezer.  The cookie was perfect – peeled right off the parchment paper in big chunks.  So yummy!  Some of you may be totally digusted…avocado…with oats? Well let me tell you, it was delicious, but I am a big fan of anything and everything avocado.  As you can see, my cookie definitely had a green hue, and I could taste hints of avocado, but I thought it was the perfect blend of flavors.  Now, would it keep me going until lunch is the question.

According to Fitday, my breakfast contained 453 calories, 24 grams of fat (45% – how ’bout that?), 43 grams of carbs (36%), and 23 grams of protein (19%).  I had clients booked right up until lunch, and I was really hoping to stay fueled through my last session.  The cookie did the job!  I was not hungry until noon when I was already on my way home for lunch.  I think the fat from the avocado really helped, and I might add more protein powder next time and use fewer oats.  My one complaint was the amount of food.  Although the cookie itself was big, I prefer several courses to my brekkie…an omelet followed by a bowl of cereal…followed by a big spoonful of CRUNCHY Barney Butter.  What can I say?  I’m a volume girl.  Plus the cold factor was a problem…I will definitely be making the cookie again, but I think it’s more of a summertime  breakfast.  Might I add that I think it would make a delicious ice-cream topping. 🙂  Now that’s a combo I will definitely be trying!

Some exciting purchases from Whole Foods yesterday…

Why I could never go vegan.

Why I could never go vegan.

The lovely folks over at Stonyfield were nice enough to send me some coupons for their yogurt.  I picked up an Oikos, Stonyfield’s Greek yogurt and some plain whole milk yogurt to strain myself.  While perusing the rest of the dairy section, I picked up a few other goodies, and then made my way over to the glorious wall o’ bars.  I was so excited to find some White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Clif bars after reading about them over at Eating Bender. Jenn spoke very highly of this new flavor, and I cannot wait to try it for myself.

Another exciting addition to our kitchen…

A new cookbook!

OK, so I'm a wannabe vegan 🙂

After hearing only good things about this cookbook (thanks Erin!), I just had to order a copy for myself.  I’ve already got this week’s new dinner recipe picked out.  All I can say is that it involves coconut and chocolate…and lentils.  Are you scared?

Any other successful breakfast cookie recipes out there?  Please share!

PS – Scared of peanut butter these days?  Finally ready for some Barney Butter lovin?  Like I’ve said before, Barney Butter is made in an almond only facility – not one trace of Mr. Peanut to be found in this amazing nut butter! Head on over to Hangry Pants for a free shipping offer on all Barney Butter products.  You must place your order by January 21.  Don’t miss out…and be sure to order the CRUNCHY cause it’s my fav!


peanutbutterandjuli February 25, 2009 at 11:26 am

I see the green goodness…. and I LIKE it. I’ll try this out when I get some avocados! Thanks for the idea (and visiting my lil bloggie)!

Diana (Soap & Chocolate) January 30, 2009 at 11:50 am

Wannabe Vegan – that is a perfect term! I’m going to use that. 🙂 I love trying all these great vegetarian/vegan restaurants in NYC, but I will so eat meat if I have a hankering. I also love the avocado idea, because I am definitely having a hard time getting enough fat in my day, which sounds bizarre, but when I’m going full-tilt healthy, sometimes fat falls by the wayside! Kudos for a good use of healthy fat. What a coincidence that I posted about guacamole just yesterday, and then my own new breakfast cookie experiment today! (It didn’t contain avocado, but I had to give you a shout out in the post for that idea.)

seeleelive January 20, 2009 at 9:05 pm

hey Heather!! WOW…you are SUPER creative lady!! your posts make me sooo happy. what a beautiful cookie hue!! It sounds sooo good, my mom would marry an avocado im sure she’d love it!
about the yoga, hows it going?

and PS, that OIKOS container does look new-the stonyfield is more highlighted.

oh i love you HEATHER!!! i can’t wait for my Barney Buttah to come. I ordered smooth and my beloved crunchy <3 thanks for introducing it to me!!

Erica January 20, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Hiya! Love the green breakfast cookie- very creative. You’re making me want to go back to hot yoga sooooo bad! I am glad you’re enjoying it.

Yes, this house stuff is driving me up the freaking wall. Our MD house has been on the market forever. Sighhh! Thanks for being understanding 🙂

Yayy for 1 day until Lost!

Christina January 20, 2009 at 7:03 pm

GREEN breakfast cookie! you WOULD!!! haha 🙂

ps. don’t worry about it, i’m totally a volume girl too; that’s why there is nothing better than a giant bowl of oatmeal!

in regards to shoes- i tried on this pair of adidas while i was shopping…i think they were supernovas? they felt really good, but i was kind of weary to go with adidas because i’ve never ran in them before. it’ll be something i keep in the back of my mind the next time i go though.

Erin January 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm

That is so creative! I’m totally into it! I love the color! Woo! Matches your new cookbook! I can’t wait to see what you try from it. Everything in there is golden.

Gina January 20, 2009 at 3:24 pm

I’ve been working on a breakfast cookie, mainly to eat portably on my way into school now. Its got tons of fat in it, but I’m all about fat in the morning also.

I tried that Clif bar today too, and it was soooo yummy. Although all the sugar in Clif bars leave a weird taste on my tongue. I wish I could only eat half of it or something, but I have nowhere near that much restraint, haha.

jacob c January 20, 2009 at 12:27 pm

I bet that cookie would taste great with the bannana and a little honey mixed in..
I put bannana and honey in my oatmeal normally…mmmm

bobbi January 20, 2009 at 10:54 am

hmmm I have never heard of that book can’t wait to hear how you like it!

Beadie January 20, 2009 at 7:07 am

I am very intriqued at the thought of going vegan but until my love for cheese and yogurt subsides, I am going to have to be a wannabe.

Love the green cookie!

hangryPants January 19, 2009 at 11:56 pm

I don’t like to eat straight avacado, but I am kinda digging your green cookie. It really is quite cute.

I could never go vegan because of my dairy infatuation as well. I think the Oikos is in a new container, no?

Yeah for the salmonella free Barney Butter.

Have a great night Heather

sarahannmatheny January 19, 2009 at 11:54 pm

That cookie is so pretty. The freezer was a good idea. I tried a breakfast cookie once, but like you, was left with just a spoonable cookie and not enough volume (I spread my oatmeal out in a big ole bowl so that it seems even bigger!). I may have to give it another go, though, if it had YOU eating oats for brekkie!

Avocado ice cream comes to mind, now that you mentioned the cookie as a topping, I bet that would be delicious!

I also was perusing the vegan/vegetarian cookbooks this weekend, but didn’t buy any. The chocolate/coconut/lentil combo could send me right back to that bookstore.

I am really happy for you loving the hot yoga. You could always sign up for more!

PS Sorry about the Double H (Heather’s Honda). Now she at least has a proper name for her tombstone.

thelongweigh January 19, 2009 at 11:45 pm

You are so creative! I love avocado, and I love oats, would I love them together? I may just have to try it and find out!

What I really need to try is Barney Butter!

eatingbender January 19, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Ummmmmmm…you’re a GENIUS!

Adding avocado to the Fitnessista’s breakfast cookie is such a great idea! I am totally going to try that sometime – what a great way to get some extra fat to hold you over until lunchtime! Also, I totally know what you mean about having to eat breakfast in courses. Volume eating is da bomb, no?

I’m so excited for you to try the WCMN Clif bar! I hope that you like it and that I didn’t overhype it too much for you. I hate when I do that!

I’ve had my eye on that cookbook forever! Can’t wait to see what you make with it. Totally not scared of chocolate, coconut and lentils. Just intrigued. Have a great night, Heather!

ttfn300 January 19, 2009 at 9:52 pm

i just ordered my first taste of bb, hope it comes soon!! love the avocado in the bfast cookie. i’ve been meaning to try it in a quickbread (like bananas or applesauce). that macadamia nut cliff bar was pretty darn tasty i thought 🙂

Darius T. Williams January 19, 2009 at 9:26 pm

You do know that this looks good enough that I’d even try it!

charlotte January 19, 2009 at 9:05 pm

I’m like you – I need several different dishes at each meal to feel… complete, i guess. No matter how yummy the breakfast cookie, I’d still want something else I think. But I love the avocado! I often sub avocado for oil in recipes and it adds a delightful texture.

Hee… my son just walked by and asked “is that a Shrek cookie?” I think you have a winner;)

marafaye January 19, 2009 at 9:02 pm

i gotta try one of those breakfast cookies one of these days!

gina (fitnessista) January 19, 2009 at 8:55 pm

ooooh what a great idea to put an avocado in there! it looks perfect!!! and thank you so much for the wonderful shout out 😀
i CAN’T WAIT to try those clif bars!!! so excited!
i’m a wannabe vegan too 😀
have a fabulous night!

Kristie January 19, 2009 at 8:40 pm

I think avocado in a breakfast cookie is an AWESOME idea. I would definitely be willing to give that a try. I agree with you about the volume thing though, I like having several parts to my breakfast so I don’t make them very often. That or I just make much smaller “cookies” and pair them with other breakfast components! The cold thing is a factor too though, I think I’ll hold off a bit on making them until winter is over.

I’ve considered buying that cookbook before… can’t wait to see what you try out of it. I might have to pick it up if your recipes look successful 😉

Matt January 19, 2009 at 8:33 pm

not fair! i want those clif bars!!!

Melissa S. January 19, 2009 at 8:26 pm

dang! green breakfast cookie, that is awesome! i so wish i could try it…but i can’t take cold oats…it just doesn’t work for me for some reason!

Maggie January 19, 2009 at 7:45 pm

I love that you love yoga 🙂

Your bfast cookie sounds awesome. I made one once before and it was really good.

chocolatecoveredvegan January 19, 2009 at 7:45 pm

I love the green! Haha green foods intrigue me for some reason.

OOh and I’m so excited because Jennifer of BarneyButter is sending me a sample so I can try the yummy stuff everyone’s been raving about :o).

VeggieGirl January 19, 2009 at 7:42 pm


**Don’t eat any PB Cookie Larabars or Jamfrakas bars – they were recalled!!:

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