Goodness cookies – the ultimate healthy breakfast cookies

The ultimate healthy breakfast cookies loaded with flavour (orange zest, cinnamon, choc chips) & healthy stuff (flax, bran cereal, whole grain flour)
Sometimes I get so hungry all of the sudden that I think I`m going to fall over. It hits me, just like that. The same thing happens to my twin brother so I know I`m not crazy.

I feel like Audrey in `Little Shop of Horrors` (“Feed me Seymore”) and have taken to stashing protein bars in my purse and in the glove compartment. Although I`m not a fan of protein bars — they don`t really have a baked-from-scratch sort of flavour.

When I get that dip these cookies are the sort of thing that I crave. They have substance, flavour and a little bit of sweet.

The ultimate healthy breakfast cookies loaded with flavour (orange zest, cinnamon, choc chips) & healthy stuff (flax, bran cereal, whole grain flour)

If ever there was a breakfast cookie these are it:

  • Loaded with stuff that’s good for you they’re the sort of cookie you could nibble with your morning coffee or have as your mid-morning snack.
  • They’re picnic cookies and going-on-a-hike cookies, tasty summer fuel for your body.
  • They’re sweet, but not too sweet and have great flavour thanks for the orange zest, cinnamon and chocolate chips (a terrific combo).
  • They have bran cereal in them (although you don’t need to tell anyone) and a healthy dose of ground flax and whole grain flour.

The ultimate healthy breakfast cookies loaded with flavour (orange zest, cinnamon, choc chips) & healthy stuff (flax, bran cereal, whole grain flour)

Goodness cookies – healthy breakfast cookies

A recipe from my sister, and they really are called “Goodness” cookies.

Makes 24 cookies

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup butter, softened*
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. grated orange rind
  • 1 cup whole wheat or spelt flour
  • ¼ cup ground flax (optional)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup All-Bran-style cereal
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or dried fruit (or a combination of the two)

Directions:

  1. Cream butter and sugar. Beat in molasses, egg and orange zest.
  2. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, spices and salt.
  3. Blend into creamed mixture.
  4. Stir in cereal and chocolate chips.
  5. Drop by spoonful on parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 350 F for 10 to 12 minutes.

Thanks for reading.

*Healthy tip from a reader: Reduce the butter to 1/4 cup and add 1/4 cup applesauce

Nutritional profile:

Calories per cookie 110.7
  Total   Fat 6.1 g
  Saturated   Fat 3.5 g
  Polyunsaturated   Fat 0.5 g
  Monounsaturated   Fat 1.3 g
  Cholesterol 18.1 mg
  Sodium 14.3 mg
  Potassium 97.3 mg
  Total   Carbohydrate 15.5 g
  Dietary   Fiber 2.1 g
  Sugars 8.7 g
  Protein 1.6 g

Other good stuff in each cookie:

Folate 8.6% Daily value

B-12 8.8% DV

B-6 9.6% DV

If you’re a fan of bran you might like our cranberry bran muffins.

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16 thoughts on “Goodness cookies – the ultimate healthy breakfast cookies

  1. Janice says:

    It just says bran cereal – is it bran buds, flakes, all bran or wheat bran??

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Janice — Sorry that I didn’t clarify…It’s All-Bran-style cereal. Thanks for pointing it out.

  2. Maureen says:

    Have no flax at moment, but do have chia. I’m sure that would work, do you agree?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Maureen, Yes, chia would be great. Might try that myself!

  3. Ghita Gaudet says:

    I hope this works I need my copy of the mollasses family favorites #2 if possable,thank you for porviding this site for us

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Ghita, Would you like a printed copy of the Family Favourites cookbook? Just email your mailing address to me bridget.oland@crosbys.com Thanks

  4. Sandra says:

    Healthy Breakfast Cookies….please advise if the bran cereal has to be soked before using in the recipe. Thank you!

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Sandra, No need to soak the cereal. I hope you enjoy the cookies!

  5. Megan says:

    Looks great! Would “All Bran Buds” work? They are small little pellets. Wasn’t sure if the flake style is best. Any suggestion is appreciated. Thank-you

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Megan, I used the skinny stick style but I bet the bran buds would work too, although I’d reduce the amount called for in the recipe. You could try the recipe with 2/3 of a cup of the bran buds. Let me know how they turn out.

  6. Karen Trapler says:

    Decrease the amount of butter to 1/4 cup and add 1/4 cup applesauce (store bought variety) to the recipe and you will certainly have a more healthy cookie. I did it and got the same results with a lot less fat.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Karen,
      That is a great suggestion. Thanks for sharing…I’ll update the post so others can give it a try too.

    2. Stacey says:

      > I decrease the butter and add apple sauce for a molasses cookie recipe I make from the Joy of Cooking and they turned out just as delicious! I LOVE MOLASSES!!!!!

      1. Bridget Oland says:

        Hi Stacey, Thanks for the apple sauce suggestion. What a great way to make them healthier.

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