Cookies are always a good idea, even at breakfast time. These cookies are actually healthy, which makes them the perfect excuse to start your day with something sweet. Make them on Sunday afternoon and you'll have a delicious grab-and-go breakfast for weekday mornings.
2 cups oats
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup flour
1 cup Grape Nuts cereal
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup oat bran
2 tsp baking soda
2 cups unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup almonds, toasted and chopped
1 cup raisins
1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
14 whole pitted dates, cut in half
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix oats, both flours, Grape Nuts, wheat germ, oat bran, and baking soda in a large bowl. In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend butter, eggs, both sugars, and vanilla; beat until smooth. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until blended. Mix in almonds, raisins, and chipped dates. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop the dough onto the baking sheets, spacing the mounds about 2 inches apart. Press each cookie into a 1/2-inch thick round. Press one date half into the center of each cookie. Bake the cookies until they're brown on top (about 15 minutes). Let the cookies stand on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Once cool, store the cookies in an airtight container. This recipe makes approximately 28 cookies.
This recipe was originally published in Bon Appétit.