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Oat Bean Raisin Breakfast Bites

Oat Bean Raisin Breakfast Bites

These hearty bites resemble a cookie but less sweet and full of protein, fiber and nutrients. They’re hearty and delicious and because they’re full of wholesome ingredients, they satisfy better and longer than an ordinary dessert cookie.  They’re perfect for road trips, breakfasts on the go or between meal snacks.  Hooray for a cookie you can feel good about!

Oat Bean Raisin Breakfast Bites

Yields 2 ½ dozen

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Zest of one lemon or orange (optional)
  • 1 can of beans (15 oz), drained (any white beans is good, you can substitute 1 1/2 cups cooked beans for canned)
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup nuts of choice, chopped

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 350F degrees.
  • In a large bowl mix the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and zest.
  • In food processor or blender, puree the beans and olive oil until creamy. Add sugar, egg, and vanilla and blend until smooth. Add raisins and nuts and pulse a few times until incorporated.
  • Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and stir until they just come together.
  • Place ping pong ball size scoops of dough onto a cookie sheet leaving an inch or so between cookies.  They don’t spread much so it helps to flatten them with a fork so they bake more evenly. Bake about 12-14 minutes. Store in an airtight container for a week.

Notes:  This my adaptation of a Sarah Britton recipe from her blog http://mynewroots.blogspot.com/, a really good vegetarian food blog worth checking out!

 

If you like this recipe and want some more healthy, bean based desserts, check out the following recipes:

 

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sixteenmilesofstring/6968623535/

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