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125 healthy oatmeal breakfast cookies. Easy to make and can be easily adapted to be gluten free

Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie

Need an easy breakfast idea your kids will love? You’re going to love this oatmeal breakfast cookie recipe. They are simple to make, and you can easily double the batch and freeze them! Now, that’s ultimate convenience right there!

healthy oatmeal breakfast cookies. Easy to make and can be easily adapted to be gluten free

Don’t they look amazing? I mean, what’s not to love about oats, peanut butter, honey—yum. I will tell you that while the original recipe calls for 1/2 cup of honey, you can cut it down to 1/4 cup and still achieve a delicious cookie.

This recipe is also in my cookbook, The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet along with other breakfast favorites. Check out how easy these cookies are to make in this short video.

If it looks like a cookie and tastes like a cookie, then it must be a cookie! said Cookie Monster on Sesame Street. It is—sort of. This is a breakfast favorite in our house. Little does my family know that these cookies have protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3s.  Sssssshhhhhhhhh! Don’t tell them!

easy oatmeal breakfast cookie recipe that can be made ahead of time and frozen

Yes, I let my kids have a “cookie” for breakfast, but you know it’s way better than some of the processed breakfast foods found at the store. At least I know it’s made with real ingredients, and they are filling.

Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie

4.9 from 17 reviews

Yield: 12 cookie monster sized cookies

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  • Yield: 8 giant cookies
  • Cuisine: Baking

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mashed banana (about 1 large)
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (or non-peanut)
  • 1/2 cup honey*
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour*
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed (or an additional 1/4 cup flour)
  • 1/4 cup nonfat milk powder or vanilla protein powder (+ 2 tablespoons water if dough is too thick)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly coat two cookie sheets with cooking spray, and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the banana, peanut butter, honey, and vanilla.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the oats, flour, flax seed, milk powder, cinnamon, and baking soda.
  4. Stir the oat mixture into the banana mixture until combined. Stir in the cranberries.
  5. Using a ¼-cup measuring cup, drop mounds of dough 3 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. With a thin metal or small plastic spatula dipped in water, flatten, and spread each mound of dough to a 2¾-inch round, about ½ inch thick.
  6. Bake, one sheet at a time, for 14 to 16 minutes or until browned. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  7. Store in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw before serving.

Notes

You can reduce the honey to 1/3 cup, or substitute with maple syrup. Whole wheat flour can be omitted and substituted with oat flour or gluten-free flour mix to make this recipe gluten-free.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 12

 

10 how to freeze butter

How to Freeze Butter

Can you freeze butter? You might be surprised that you can!

how to freeze butter

I love to bake a lot, and one of my staples of baking is butter. I admit that I’m guilty of starting to measure out everything, I’m almost ready to mix, and only then do I turn to the fridge and find we are out of butter and I have no alternatives in the house. So when I see butter on sale, I try to stock up and put some in the freezer to keep for when I get in a baking mood.

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How to freeze butter couldn’t be any easier. Simply keep your butter in its original packaging, place it in a freezer-safe bag or container, and put it in the freezer! It is as simple as that. Don’t forget to put the butter inside a freezer-safe bag though because the butter can absorb the smells and tastes of other things in the freezer, which is not a good thing. Not that I know from experience or anything.

When you are ready to use your butter, just thaw it in the refrigerator, or you can use it straight from the freezer if very cold butter is needed for a specific recipe.

Not a fan of butter? Check out our list of baking substitutions you can use instead!

How to Freeze Butter

how to freeze butter

5 from 1 reviews

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Ingredients

  • Butter
  • Freezer bag or container

Instructions

  1. Keep the butter in its original packaging, and place it inside a freezer-safe bag or container.
  2. When needed, you can thaw butter in the fridge, or use it directly from the freezer if a specific recipe needs very cold butter.

Notes

Butter can keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.

 

 

 

12 how to freeze muffin batter

How to Freeze Muffin Batter

Can you freeze muffin batter? YES!

how to freeze muffin batter

This is a common question that members of the MOMables staff get continually, and the answer is YES. You can freeze your muffin batter. Having frozen muffin batter in your freezer ensures that you can have freshly baked muffins almost any time you please. Muffins are so versatile and can be enjoyed with breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack.

By freezing the muffin batter in paper liners, it makes your job easier. It’s so much easier to just simply take out the paper liner and bake it.

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It really is as simple as that! All you have to do is take them out of the freezer, place them into the tin, and bake. Add a few more minutes of baking time if you take the batter directly out of the freezer.

I usually use a freezer-safe bag to store my muffin batter because that is what works best in our small freezer. I place my frozen muffin batter in the bag and try to squeeze out as much air as I possibly can. I then take that bag and place it in another freezer bag to prevent freezer burn. When my bag is empty, I then rinse it, let it dry, and use it again for the next batch. I reuse the bag as many times as I can.

How to Freeze Muffin Batter

how to freeze muffin batter

5 from 4 reviews

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Ingredients

  • Paper liners
  • Muffin/cupcake tin
  • Your favorite muffin recipe
  • Freezer-safe container or bag

Instructions

  1. Place paper liners in your muffin/cupcake tin.
  2. Follow your muffin recipe, and mix the ingredients well.
  3. Scoop out your muffin batter into the paper liners.
  4. Place the entire muffin tin in the freezer (on a flat surface) and freeze until solid (at least 2 hours).
  5. Once the muffin batter is completely frozen, take the paper liners out of the tin and place them in a freezer-safe container or bag.
  6. Return the batter to the freezer.
  7. When you’re ready to bake the muffins, place the liners inside the muffin tin as needed, and bake accordingly (adding a few minutes to the baking time if taken immediately from the freezer)

Notes

Muffin batter can be stored up to 3 months in the freezer.
Using a large ice cream scoop can ensure that you divide the batter equally for each muffin.

 

2 How to Freeze Cookie Dough

How to Freeze Cookie Dough

Have you ever tried to freeze cookie dough? 

How to Freeze Cookie DoughThere are two ways you can freeze cookie dough. You can freeze it in a log, or by individual cookie—it’s up to your preference!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why freeze cookie dough, you say? So that you can have it handy when you want to bake a dozen or just four, to insert as a treat inside the lunch box. If you need lunch box ideas, click here

I usually keep frozen cookie dough in my freezer at all times. My family loves cookies, and we probably make them too often.

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The easiest way to curb myself from eating five at a time is if I freeze the cookie dough. That way, I pull out only a few cookies and bake them on the spot, instead of baking the entire batch in one sitting.

It also means if we ever want a dessert after dinner, there are always cookies ready in the freezer!!

How to freeze cookie doughI also love that I can bake them straight from the freezer. There is no need to let them sit out overnight and defrost. Just plop them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake!

When you are ready to bake your frozen cookie dough, just add 2 to 3 minutes to the baking time, and you’ll be all set!

How to Freeze Cookie Dough

How to Freeze Cookie Dough
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Ingredients

  • Your favorite cookie dough
  • Plastic wrap or parchment paper
  • Baking sheet
  • Freezer-safe bags or containers

Instructions

For the Cookie Dough Log

  1. After mixing together the cookie dough, drop heaping spoonfuls on a large piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper in a line.
  2. Use the plastic wrap or parchment paper to shape the cookie dough into a log.
  3. Twist the ends of the plastic wrap or parchment paper, and place it on the baking sheet.
  4. Flash freeze the cookie dough log for at least 1 hour.
  5. Place the log in a freezer-safe container or bag.
  6. When you’re ready to bake, take out the log, slice the cookies, and bake as directed.

For individual cookies

  1. After mixing the cookie dough, use a scoop and drop the cookies side by side on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. (There’s no need to leave extra space between the cookies, so fill up your baking sheet as much as you can.)
  2. Put the baking sheet in the freezer until the cookies are completely frozen.
  3. Place the frozen cookies in a freezer-safe bag or container.
  4. When you’re ready to bake, take out as many cookies as desired, and bake as directed.

Notes

Add 2 to 3 minutes of baking time when baking freezer cookies.
Frozen cookie dough can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.

 

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