By blog team member, Kiran. To learn more about Kiran, check out our team page!
As a vegetarian (who occasionally eats eggs and/or fish), I’m always on the lookout for solid protein sources. As a mom, I also value recipes that pack a nutritional punch and that my kids get excited about. This recipe for Breakfast Cookies checks all of those boxes and, bonus, it’s super easy to make!
Why Chickpea Flour?
The main ingredient in this baked good is something a little different – chickpea flour. Chickpeas are one of the many pulses we told you about earlier this year as part of our affiliation with USA Pulses and Pulse Canada, in honor of the International Year of Pulses. Now, before you turn your nose up to a chickpea flavor in cookies, let me tell you about the benefits of chickpea flour. It’s a good source of iron, folate, protein, and fiber. Chickpea flour can be used in a 1:1 ratio in place of whole wheat flour in many different recipes. It’s creamy, filling, and, for those who follow a gluten-free diet, this checks that box, too! Oh, and I should mention that we didn’t notice the taste of this flour at all.
Most of the items in this recipe will be staples in your pantry, but if you don’t have any chickpea flour, you can make your own in 3 easy steps. For mornings when you need a quick, on-the-go breakfast (for you or your kids), this is a super option! Make a batch over the weekend and have them on hand and ready to eat. They can also be sent to school in kids’ lunches or eaten as an after school snack.
Let me know if your kids love these as much as mine do :).
- 1½ cups chickpea flour (can substitute whole-wheat flour)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup honey
- 1 egg
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ cup nut butter (I used sunbutter)
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup mix-ins (I used unsweetened coconut and raisins, but you could try seeds, shredded carrots, chocolate chips, etc.)
- Preheat oven to 325° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the chickpea flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Make a well in the middle and add the honey, egg, coconut oil, vanilla, and nut butter. Mix wet ingredients together and then mix them with the dry ingredients until combined.
- Stir in the rolled oats and then fold in the mix-ins.
- Make golf ball sized balls of dough, flatten, and place on the lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for 12 - 14 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
2. We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.
Pulses are cost-effective, nutritious, versatile, and sustainable foods that include dry peas, beans, lentils, and chickpeas. Find out more about pulses here and get some great recipes, too!