Monday, February 16, 2009

Day Six and Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

It took some uninstalling and reinstalling of Picasa but I'm now ready to show you what Day 6 of CFW looked like!

Shall we?

I started today off with a new concoction, an Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie! This was something I had seen on other blogs but didn't really know how to make. I figured there had to be a healthy low-fat way to make a morning cookie with all the goodness of a bowl of oatmeal.

To figure out how to make this cookie I scoured blogs and recipe sites and adapted them to come up with my own version:

Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie Recipe

1. Preheat your oven to 350F

2. Take whatever would be your usual serving of oatmeal in the morning (feel free to double it or triple it up if you want some leftover cookies).

3. To that add a mushed up banana (very ripe ones are best). I used one banana for 2 cups of oatmeal.

4. Add in a teaspoon of vanilla, some freshly grated nutmeg, a dash of cinamon, and a couple of tablespoons of honey. I'll leave the amount of honey up to your individual taste. The first time I made this I also added in some sugar-free syrup to make it tastier.

5. Then add whatever else you would put in your oatmeal - my cookies contained slivers of blanched almonds and a small handful of dried cranberries.

6. To all of this I added a splash of boiling water and mixed it all together until it kind of came together. I used water but you can use Almond Breeze, or soy milk, or even milk. Make sure it's hot though!

7. Then just spoon these little babies on to your baking pan. I used two tablespoons to round mine out into little oatmeal cookie blobs. Choose whatever size you'd like as they don't really grow while cooking.

8. Bake them for approximately 20 minutes. And enjoy!

In the end my cookies looked like this:

And that was my breakfast! A couple of oatmeal cookies with some water. They were quite filling and really why shouldn't they be - they're essentially oatmeal in a portable form. I think they'll become a staple in the TorontoGirloutWest kitchen!

For a mid-morning snack I had one apple and a handful of dates. I've developed a love of dates since CFW begun. They're like nature's little brown sugar nuggets.

For lunch I decided to keep things low key and just have a sandwich. I had two slices of oven roasted turkey breast in between two slices of sprouted grain (no flour!) bread. I smeared the bread with a tad bit of hummus (as mayo replacement) and added ketchup and mustard. I also filled my sandwich with cucumbers, lettuce, and tomatoes.

Come dinner time I wasn't very hungry so late in the afternoon I toasted one more piece of my sprouted grain bread and smeared it with some almond butter, topped off with one sliced banana.

BTW - that little guy in the background is Mukmuk; one of the Vancouver-Whistler 2010 Olympic mascots. He's supposed to be a Vancouver Island marmot. Since the boy is from Van Isle I gave him that stuffed cutie as one of his Valentine's Day presents. Awwww . . .

I don't think the banana-ab-bread combo did the trick 'cause a while later I nibbled on one slice of oven roasted turkey breast and a small handful of Kashi crackers.

And that my friends was Day Six of CFW!!! Woohoo!! Can you believe this week is almost over? I can't! To be honest I think I'll stick to eating like this. If anything I think I could still eat better! Over all I would say Day Six was too carb-o-licious. Hopefully I'll get better at that.

On the fitness front . . . I've decided I'm going to start logging my physical activity. After all you can't achieve a well balanced lifestyle with diet alone. So this is what today's gym schedule will entail:

1. 40 minutes of moderate intervals on the treadmill
2. 30 minutes of circuit training weight work
3. 15 minutes of streching

Hasta Manana!

Editor's Note

The cooking time for your cookies will vary based on how big you make them. To get them to cook a bit faster you can press them down slightly once you've put them on the cookie sheet. But overall 20-25 minutes is a pretty safe bet. Wait until the edges start to turn a golden brown.


Anonymous said...

YUMM those cookies look great! thanks for the recipe :) your CFW is going wonderfully!

Anonymous said...

I made your cookies! They were great! I used Agave nectar and unsweetened applesauce!