You know them; those people that you really feel at home with. Maybe they’re old friends or siblings, but for me, they’re my aunts and uncles. I grew up with them and even lived with some of them. That’s why I love these breakfast cookies and will always remember when my aunt came to visit and mixed them up for me. She even let me take pictures so I could share the recipe with you!
Each time I go to my home town to visit, it’s like a little family reunion. Almost everyone on my Mom’s side of the family lives in and around the same small town. She has 12 brothers and sisters; add my cousins and in-laws into the mix and I’m bound to see someone in the family each time I go out! I really miss being with them, so it was so nice of my Aunt Julie to come visit and cook for me!
We don’t usually cook gluten free, but love healthy alternatives and like to use natural sweeteners. These cookies were soo easy and soo good; like crunchy little granola bars with a soft center. They were gone in about 10 minutes! I found a very similar recipe that uses dried blueberries and pecans. I think dried apricots or raisins would be good too.
- 1½ cup Old Fashioned Oats
- 1 cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
- 1 Tablespoon Flax Meal
- ½ Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- ¾ Cup Slivered Almonds
- ½ Cup Chopped Dried Cranberries
- 3 Ripe Bananas, Mashed
- 1 Tablespoon Honey
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly oil a baking pan or line with parchment.
- Mix together all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the mashed bananas, honey, and vanilla extract.
- With clean hands, form into cookies with 2-3 tablespoons of the mixture and place on the baking sheet ½ inch apart.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
Can’t wait to hear what you think about these! Got any good flavor combination ideas? Maybe a little peanut butter could be substituted for the honey? Yum!
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