Cookies for Breakfast (Recipe)

In his never-ending quest to legitimize cookies as a breakfast food, Matt Maranian has reimagined the dough from a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe into a nutritious breakfast biscuit.

I’m not a morning person. I also hate taking time for breakfast. I also generally hate all foods that are associated with breakfast; the last thing I want just after I wake up is a big greasy platter of fried eggs with bacon or sausage, oily potatoes, and butter-soaked toast. Jam sickens me that early in the day. A bowl of cold cereal is as unsatisfying as not eating anything, and hot cereal is too much effort for such little payoff. Pancakes, bagels, waffles…all a waste of time: empty calories, wheat belly.

In my never ending quest to legitimize cookies as a breakfast food, and in my never ending quest to find something quick, easy, and high in protein and fiber to eat in the morning without any hassle or dirty dishes, I reimagined the dough from a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe into a breakfast biscuit that meets all my criteria. It’s really a cookie, but breakfast biscuit is more alliterative. It’s gluten free, dairy free, high in protein, and contains no refined sugar. It takes some prep, but you can make a huge batch all at once that’ll last for days or weeks. They’re also great to bag for when you travel, so you don’t have to eat those heinous processed airplane snacks.

While the chickpeas are draining, roast the almonds in a skillet over medium/low heat, stirring and tossing frequently, until the almonds are fragrant and start to brown. Remove from heat, and slide the almonds into a small bowl. Mash the chickpeas and olive oil together with a potato masher until you no longer see any solid pieces of chickpea.

Add the honey, peanut butter, vanilla, both extracts, baking powder, and salt to the chickpea paste, and blend with a mixer on high speed for about five minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl every minute or so, until the batter looks like chunky peanut butter and starts sticking together. Toss in the oats, toasted almonds, and raisins, and fold into the batter with a rubber spatula until everything is just mixed. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the dough is chilled and firm, at least 30 minutes and up to several hours. Preheat the oven to 350º. Using a tablespoon-size soupspoon, scoop the dough by the heaping spoonful, and, using a second spoon, scrape onto the parchment (you don’t need to allow a lot of space on the sheet between cookies, as they don’t spread much while baking). Bake for 20 minutes, or until the tips and edges of the cookies become dark golden brown. If they look a bit like they’ve burned, it’s okay, for some reason they don’t taste burned even when they are, don’t ask me why. Cool on a wire rack. For best results, once cooled, seal in an airtight container and keep refrigerated.

Published 5:00 am Fri, May 9, 2014

About the Author

Matt Maranian is a bestselling writer, designer, and bon vivant whose books include PAD, PAD Parties, and the first and second editions of L.A. Bizarro. He lives in Southern Vermont.

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