Do your kids like to pretend that they are superheroes like Batman, Spiderman or Wonder Woman? Tell them that superheroes need to eat superfoods…like superfood breakfast cookies! (I don’t think it will take much convincing since these are technically cookies that you kiddos can enjoy for breakfast!)
What’s a superfood?
Superfood are foods that are densely packed with nutrients to fuel your body and protect it from diseases. Essentially, they are the superheroes of the food chart.
One of the most commonly know superfoods are blueberries. They are loaded with antioxidants. Research has discovered that blueberries reduce the chance of an infection, increase nighttime vision, improve motor skills, and stalls memory loss associated with aging.
Kale yeah, kale is a superfood too! Kale boasts more vitamin C than oranges and more calcium than milk. Plus it’s fibrous and has a large quantity of good fats (like omega 3 fatty acids). Kids don’t like greens? This is perfect to mix into a smoothie or eat as crispy kale chips.
Don’t forget about avocados, which include more potassium than bananas, plus vitamin A, vitamin C and plenty of healthy fats. Guacamole is a favorite with little ones, especially if you pretend like it’s monster jelly or slime.
Others on the list include coconut, flax seeds, salmon, nuts and sweet potatoes. But this recipe in particular includes nut butters, eggs, flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and coconut.
Sneak superfoods into your superheroes meals
Sneak these crazy good foods into your kids bellies by making them taste good!
- Nut butters are probably something your kids already enjoy. Transform them into crunchy spreads with flax seeds or hemp seeds.
- Make a face with blueberries on your kids plate! Mix into yogurt (or ice cream). Or bake blueberry muffins.
- Kale may look like a gross green lettuce, but it’s incredibly delicious as a crispy chip. Simply rub the kale with olive oil, spread out on a sheet pan and sprinkle with your favorite spices: salt, cajun or lemon pepper. Bake at 350 for roughly 10 minutes or until the leafs are crispy. See who can make the loudest crunch on their kale chip!
- Sweet potatoes with butter and cinnamon are tasty enough for everyone to love. But if your kids need coaxing to eat this orange veggies, entice them by adding marshmallows on top.
- Flax seeds can be added to granola or yogurt or a smoothie. Ground flax can become an egg substitute for any recipe and makes a great sprinkle on top of a salad or muffins.
- Hemp seeds boast the best nutty flavor! I love adding them to my salad dressings, anything I bake, and even as a sprinkle over veggies.
Peanut Butter Superfood Breakfast Cookies
After you get over the fact that you can eat cookies for breakfast, you won’t believe how tasty these breakfast cookies are! The nut butters provide excellent flavor while the superfood seeds give it a bit of crunch.
These peanut butter superfood breakfast cookies are excellent for breakfast on-the-go or a mid-afternoon snack. My favorite thing about them is that 2 cookies are totally filling! Why? The fiber and good fats make your belly happy; plus, chia seeds expand up to 27 times their size, so they literally filly up your tummy.
Your little superheroes (and your big ones too) are going to gobble up these goodies, especially once you explain that they can eat them at any time of the day. “What…my mom is giving me permission to eat a cookie whenever I want to? Score!”
Note: You may need to clarify that not all cookies are created equal. While these cookies can be consumed at any time of day, others may not be a sufficient breakfast option (ahem, Oreos).
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ½ cup other nut butter (almond, cashew, or combination)
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ tsp vanilla
- 1 egg, beaten
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ⅓ cup flax seeds
- 1 Tbs chia seeds
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- ⅔ cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
- Preheat oven to 350. Line 1 baking sheets with parchment paper (or a silpat).
- Using a stand mixer, combine the nut butter, sugar, honey and vanilla together using the paddle attachment.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the remaining ingredients: egg, salt, baking soda, flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and coconut flakes. Mix until well combined. If needed, scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again to ensure all ingredients are well-combined.
- Spoon heaping teaspoons of the dough onto the parchment paper. Flatten each mound into a disc, roughly 1.5 x 1.5 inches. (You do not need to generously space out the cookies. They do not rise or expand very much!)
- Bake for 10-15 minutes until the edges begin to brown and the center is no longer soft. Be careful not to over-bake and brown the bottoms!
- Transfer the entire sheet of parchment paper (with the cookies still on top) to a cooling rack. Allow to completely cool before removing.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- Love cookie dough? Use 1 tablespoon of ground flax mixed into 3 tablespoons of water instead of the egg. Reduce the seeds to make a smoother cookie dough. Your kids will really think you’re a hero – first cookies for breakfast, then cookie dough that’s acceptable to eat! Your rock!
- These cookies freeze well too. So make a double batch; one for now and one for later.