Banana Breakfast Cookies

As part of my writing program we spend time talking about and practicing persuasive writing.

Kids love doing persuasive writing…especially when it feels like there is a real world application to it.

Every year the kids and I write Andrew a letter trying to convince him to get me a kitten for Christmas. The kids take this very, very seriously because they feel strongly that I should have a kitten and can’t imagine why Andrew would not get me one. I do leave out the fact that, though I love kittens, I am very allergic to them and would probably have to move out of my house if we actually got a kitten…

After we craft our oh-so-persuasive letter, we email it off to Andrew, and he, being the good sport he is, replies to the kids.

His response this year was over the top.

Dear students of room 4,

Are you kitten me?

I’m sure you think having a cat sounds like the purr-fect idea, but let me tell you, cats can be real trouble. It’s not all cuddly snuggles, crumb cleaning and pest hunting. For example, what if you get a bad cat? (Warning: all cats are a bit bad). They have been known to knock things off counters just for fun. Even fictional cats have been known to be bad. Meow, consider Sylvester from Looney Toons, always trying to catch poor Tweety Bird; or the awful Lucifer from Cinderella, constantly picking on sweet little mice, like Gus. I am sure having a kitty wouldn’t be all bad –cats are bound to have their purr-ks. However, I would be lion if I said you have completely purr-suaded me to purr-chase a kitten for Christmas this year.

Instead, we may remain kitten-less for the time being, but will consider the paw-sibility in the future.
Thank you for your thoughtful letter.
If you have time, purr-haps you would consider drawing a picture to help me better understand the benefits of cat ownership.
Mr. Skinner

I’m so glad he plays along.

After we sent the email off to Andrew, I was sitting at the back table with a little boy in my class.
He was working away when he looked up at me and said “Mrs. Skinner, we should have told Mr. Skinner to get you a hypothermic cat.”
I immediately suppressed my giggles and nod contemplatively. “Yes that would be good.” I said.
“Yeah, my dog is hypothermic, which is good because he doesn’t lose any hair or make anyone sneeze.”

I never did correct him…it was just too cute…

And the very first day back after Christmas break another little boy ran up to me and asked me if Mr. Skinner got me my kitten for Christmas. Needless to say he was a little disappointed that the persuasive letter didn’t work.
With the new year, I have changed up my breakfast routine.
Banana breakfast cookie
Overnight oats were my go-to breakfast since school began (chocolate peanut butter are my all time favorite), but I was like a change back to smoothies was in order.
Here is the problem:
I like to chew my calories…so a smoothie, though it is filling, just isn’t as satisfying to me as oats or cereal or…well…almost anything else.
So I decided to find a high fiber breakfast cookies that is not too high in calories or sugar that I could have with my coffee in the morning to go along with my smoothie.
Banana breakfast cookie
These little cookies are quick to whip up and are only about 100 calories per cookie. Plus they are high in fiber since I added a whole whack of flax to them.
To make these cookies, mix the following ingredients in a bowl:
  • 3 ripe bananas mashed
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flax
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Banana breakfast cookie

I scooped the dough out by tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet and gave them a flatten with a fork, then baked them for 17 minutes at 350 degrees.

Banana breakfast cookie

I let them cool completely before I moved them to a container in my fridge.

The verdict- These cookies are chewy and have a the perfect amount of sweetness. They are going to be perfect with my coffee in the morning and I won’t feel guilty about eating one.

Guilt-free cookies? Yes please…I will totally make these again.