Something I tend to forget about as an adult female who has no children and has no plan to have children, is school. I forget that school ends and I forget that school starts back up. The only reason I know that either one has happened is when the park near me becomes overrun with screaming creatures, which makes Jackson’s hair stand up. I get it, Jackson. And this hasn’t happened recently, which must mean the kids are back in school. So I thought it would be the perfect time to give you a little back-to-school recipe. Since I don’t know children or what they want nowadays, I tapped into my younger side to figure out what was lacking when I was in school. Turns out, a lot of things. I ate only sugary cereal for breakfast or some sort of pastry, then I got fries covered in fake cheese for lunch along with a cosmic brownies, then many dinners were hamburger helper. I was doomed from a pretty early age, but thankfully I figured things out before fake food sent me into a completely unhealthy spiral.
Today I’m starting with breakfast for your little kiddos. And even though I think your kid should get something with less sugar and more protein like with my Steak Tip Hash or Supreme Pizza Frittata, I’m also realistic about time and stubbornness. Not every kid will get behind a hash breakfast, but I would think MOST would be cool with breakfast cookies. They’re tasty, portable, and cute AF. And I packed these cookies with all kinds of ingredients to help keep your kid full, satisfied, and healthier than the kids who are being sent to school with packaged foods. Here are some of the ingredients in each cookie and why they are so much better than what you can purchase at the store:
- Almond Butter – Loaded with monounsaturated fats, Vitamin E to help lower cholesterol, and magnesium to boost heart health.
- Chia Seeds – Good source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiber, iron, and calcium.
- Flax Seeds – Packed with omega-3 essential fatty acids, lignans, to promote hormonal balance, fiber to regulate blood sugar, and choline which contributes to brain health and function.
- Collagen – Packed with protein, boosts joint health, and aids in digestion.
You’re just not going to get the same ingredients in packaged foods! These cookies will help set your kid up for success throughout the day (and life)!
But if these cookies aren’t your style, here are a few other recipe ideas that might work for your kid!
- Send them off with Chocolate Zucchini Muffins that have hidden veggies inside
- Trick your kid into getting extra protein in with my Pizza Egg Bites
- These Carrot Breakfast Cookies are also great for a snack or a lunch side dish
- My Chocolate Chip Pancake Bites are a fun morning treat when they are too stubborn to eat anything else
- More hidden veggies coming your way with my Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread
- These Carrot Fritters are a great side dish that don’t taste like boring veggies
- Instead of cosmic brownies, hide THREE different veggies in my Secret Ingredient Brownies
- My Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole will make any kid out there happy
- These Chocolate Brownie Energy Balls are packed with nutrients and great for a snack
- These skewers are great portable snacks – Prosciutto & Melon Pesto Poppers
- And give them extra protein and flavor with my Fajita Chicken Salad
I may not have kids, but I do know that we need to start teaching our kids from an early age how to properly eat. The more I travel, the more I see kids who have never had proper nutrition in their diets and that’s really scary moving forward. We need to teach kids why certain foods are so important and help them understand that healthy food can actually taste good. It may take more time and energy on the parents, but it’s SO IMPORTANT. That’s why having children is so scary to me. You have the responsibility as the parents to teach your kids so much, including a healthy diet. But you got this parents. Teach em young, teach em early, and change the trajectory of their lives. They will thank you later.
- 1 cup almond butter
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1 egg, whisked
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons almond milk
- 1/4 cup collagen peptides
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon tapioca flour
- 1 tablespoon coconut flour
- 1 tablespoon ground chia seed
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together almond butter, coconut sugar, egg, vanilla extract, and almond milk until well combined.
- Then add the collagen, cocoa powder, tapioca and coconut flour, ground chia and flax seeds, baking soda, and salt. Mix well. Lastly, fold chocolate chips and cacao nibs.
- Use a cookie scoop to scoop out around 2 tablespoons of dough and make into a round ball. Place on the parchment paper lined baking sheet and use a fork to lightly press the dough down. This dough will create about 13-15 cookies.
- Place baking sheet into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes before removing from baking sheet to place on cooling rack. Then eat up and get your collagen in for the day!
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