I love strawberries. I love them in every form—fresh, slathered with cream, as an accompaniment in my breakfast of Greek yogurt and honey, in desserts, and in my baking.
My kids love strawberries as much as I do, but they are not a big fan of breakfast, so I thought it would be genius (and fun) to bake something that incorporates their favorite fruit.
I chose oats as the base of this breakfast cookie because of the many nutritional benefits: high in protein, fiber, beta-glucans (which is great for their immune system), and it fills you up for longer.
This cookie was a big hit with the little ones. (Add to the fact that it’s a “cookie”—kids love the idea of eating cookies for breakfast.) It’s also suitable for younger children, as it’s soft, easy to chew, and very yummy!
- 6 tablespoons butter at room temperature
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups old-fashioned organic oats
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
- 1 cup mashed strawberries, including their juice, plus 1 teaspoon water
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup strawberries, diced small
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or nonstick baking sheets.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, and oats.
- Using another larger bowl, whisk together eggs and butter. Add vanilla, mashed strawberries, sugar, and honey, mixing until fully combined.
- Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Don’t over mix.
- Carefully stir diced strawberries into the mix.
- Drop tablespoons or small cookie scoops onto a baking sheet.
- Bake for 18–24 minutes. Let cool on a rack.
- Store cookies in airtight container in the fridge for one week or freeze them in a plastic bag for up to two months.
Alison Lee is the co-editor of Multiples Illuminated, an anthology about twins, triplets and more, a writer, and publisher. A former PR and marketing professional, she is the owner of Little Love Media, specializing in blog book tours. Alison’s writing has been featured in Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and Club Mid. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends (Fall, 2014), and has an essay in another, So Glad They Told Me: Women Get Real About Motherhood (Spring, 2016). She is also an editor at BonBon Break. Alison lives in Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).