Cookies for Breakfast!

Dr. Shawn Talbott (Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACSM, FACN, FAIS) has gone from triathlon struggler to gut-brain guru! With a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry, he's on a mission to boost everyday human performance through the power of natural solutions and the gut-brain axis.

Boosted Breakfast Cookies (with oatmeal)

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

What could help us feel better than a warm cookie?

Yesterday, I shared my recipe for Healthy Breakfast Cookies with Brooke at KUTV’s Fresh Living – see the segment here

They contain citrus flavonoids (to boost brain neurotransmitters in your first brain) – as well as bananas and oatmeal (to nourish your gut microbiome – aka your 2nd brain), and dark chocolate (for heart health – aka your “3rd brain”).

So – these cookies can help to boost your entire Gut-Heart-Brain-Axis for ultimate Mental Fitness.

Yes, you can make cookies for breakfast (or whenever the urge strikes), and in one bowl. This simple cookie is at its best warm and soft.

20 min – makes 4 cookies (increase amounts for extra cookies)

1 extra ripe banana

1?4 orange, zest + juice

2 scoops Amare GBX Protein powder (any flavor)

1?2 cups oatmeal

2 T. sesame seeds, toasted

2 T. dates, chopped Pinch of salt

1?2 tsp. olive oil for baking sheet or parchment paper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place peeled bananas in a bowl and use a fork to mash into a paste. 

Add in orange, Amare GBX Protein powder, oatmeal, sesame seeds, dates, and salt. 

Mash into the bananas.

Rub oil on a baking sheet and then spoon or roll out balls of breakfast cookie dough onto the baking sheet, with 2 inches between each cookie ball.

Bake for 15 minutes. 

When the cookies finish remove them from the baking sheet with a spatula and allow them to cool. Store in a closed container to avoid drying out

NOTE = this recipe is SUPER easy to modify by adding/substituting ingredients based on your preferences. For instance, for this one that I did for KUTV’s Fresh Living, I did a half/half blend of chocolate/vanilla Amare GBX Protein, a combo of nuts/seeds (cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds), and a couple handfuls of dark chocolate chips – YUM!

About the Author

Exercise physiologist (MS, UMass Amherst) and Nutritional Biochemist (PhD, Rutgers) who studies how lifestyle influences our biochemistry, psychology and behavior - which kind of makes me a "Psycho-Nutritionist"?!?!

  • This recipe calls for dark chocolate in the description, but it’s not in the recipe. What do you think? Thanks!

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