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.
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…
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…
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!