Luckily, for most of the people around me, once it starts to get colder I do a lot more baking.
More recently I have been loving the recipes from this new-ish TV station called ‘Create TV‘. They feature little gems of chefs like Jacques Pepin, Lidia Bastianich and (but of course) the infamous Martha Stewart.
I have never really been a die-hard Martha Stewart fan, but this recipe I saw her do on this channel just so happened to be really amazing. A nice make-ahead, filling and healthy alternative to granola – check out the recipe for these beautiful Breakfast Cookies (slightly modified).
BREAKFAST COOKIES (makes 8 large cookies, 14 smaller cookies)
2 cups whole-wheat flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
4 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups packed dark-brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened dried coconut
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup finely chopped dried mango
1/4 cup finely chopped dried apricot
1 cup banana chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the together the flours, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add in sugar, eggs and vanilla. Mix until combined. Slowly add flour mixture to the butter and mix until well combined. Add in oats, seeds, coconut, raisins, mango and apricot. Form dough into 8 cookies and place on (2) greased baking sheet. Top with banana chips. Bake until golden and firm, 30 minutes for large cookies and 20-25 minutes for smaller cookies. Cool completely on the baking sheets for 30 minutes.