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~This Apple Almond Breakfast Cookies Recipe shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SweetWarmUp #CollectiveBias

I hope you all enjoyed winter break; I know I sure did! I love the holidays and the food that comes with them, but I couldn’t wait for the new year. Last year I didn’t meet a few of my goals regarding my health and fitness routines. The last few months of 2014 brought a loss our family wasn’t prepared for and sickness that my family couldn’t seem to shake. Thankfully we are healing from both our loss and our sicknesses, and we were ready to start the new year off right. My overall focus for 2015 is “New Year, New You,” and Bigelow Tea and Truvia are helping me usher in this idea with my first recipe of the year!

If you know me, you know that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. With that in mind, I decided to share this Truvia Apple Almond Breakfast Cookies recipe. Breakfast cookies are easy to make and freeze well, which makes them perfect for the morning rush. I made a batch of these yesterday, and my kids popped them in the microwave this morning before they caught the bus.

Truvia Apple Almond Breakfast Cookies:

Oatmeal recipes are great because they provide the nutrition you need, and they are wonderfully filling. To cut the sugar that you would find in regular breakfast cookies, I used Truvia Baking Blend, which contains 75% fewer calories per serving when compared to sugar. I love Truvia but had never tried the baking blend before. I think it turned out better than my baked oatmeal does typically, so I will probably stick with this blend for baking because a) no one noticed a difference in taste, and b) cutting breakfast calories for the kids is my top concern this year. I was shocked when I figured out that most of the sugar my kids consume each day comes from their first meal of the day! If you haven’t taken a look at how much sugar kids are drinking before going to school each day, now is the time to do that.

 Apple Almond Breakfast Cookies Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2/3 cup Truvia Baking Blend
  • 1 large apple, chopped
  • 2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup chopped almond
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

How To Make Apple Almond Breakfast Cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a cookie sheet with Pam Coconut Oil Spray.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the applesauce, coconut oil, Truvia and chopped apple. Mix well.
  4. Then stir in oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and the salt, and almonds.
  5. Scoop the batter onto the cookie sheet using a medium round scoop, mine broke so I used an ice cream scoop)
  6. Bake for about 10-13 minutes.
  7. Cookies will be soft and cake like. (for firmer cookies skip the apple chunks). Freeze after cooling completely.

I love to craft things that keep me motivated. If I can “see” it, I can do it! That’s why I also used my new Cricut (thanks, mom) to create these super cute mugs. I know that the only way I will reach my goals this year is to Dream Big and Think Big! So that’s what I plan to do! I think they turned out super cute!

While I don’t generally eat sugary breakfast foods often, my more significant concern is drinking my calories. I usually drink coffee and lots of it. While coffee isn’t horrible by itself, it can quickly become a dessert drink in my home. With the cream and sugar I use, I could skip the coffee and eat some cotton candy! That’s why I’ve decided to start focusing more on what I drink. Bigelow green tea has many health benefits, and unlike coffee, I can drink tea without adding cream. With Bigelow Tea, I can reduce calorie intake and increase the number of antioxidants I’m consuming, which will matter more and more as I age (ugh). Using Truvia zero-calorie sweetener to sweeten my tea means I can indulge in a treat first thing in the morning that will boost my metabolism and leave me feeling energized and ready for the day ahead.

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