cherry berry breakfast cookies

February 25, 2014  |  Desserts and Baking
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Home-made healthy whole-grain breakfast cookie recipe made with flax, quinoa and nuts with dried cherries and berries. Sweetened with dates, dried fruit and a touch of maple syrup. Whole-grain recipe for Cherry Berry Breakfast Cookie Recipe with Flax and Quinoa

My Early Riser

My oldest daughter is a morning person. She gets up way (way, way) before the crack of dawn. She crashes around her room like an elephant, opening and closing drawers and her closet. The rest of us lie in our beds and press pillows to our ears. But for me it is no use, before long there will inevitably be a very very loud whisper, two inches from my face, “Mom, Mom, Mom… I can’t find my leopard print flats.” I try to ignore it. Then maybe if we are all lucky she’ll head downstairs and set about making herself breakfast. Which means there will be a thin veneer of cereal crumbs scattered over the entirety of the kitchen floor before long.


That’s where I will find her, sitting in the dim glow of the under cabinet lights, tucking into a bowl of cereal at 5:35. [I am just there for the coffee. Please don’t talk to me, I’ll be much nicer if you wait for four sips.] My mother-in-law is convinced that her propensity to be up so early is due to her dairy farmer ancestry. I sometimes wonder if she does it so that she can sneak in as many unchaperoned sugar grams as possible while I am still upstairs.


It is not that I provide a lot of sugary options, but there are only so many meals that a seven year old can prepare for herself without burning herself or the house down. Usually that means cereal. And cereal hides a lot of sugar. I stick to the ones that have less than 6 grams of sugars per serving. She also makes toast on occasion. Again, she’ll load on the jam though. I am working with her to be aware of her overall sugar consumption.


Breakfast Cookies

These breakfast cookies are one of these Mommy compromises I have come up with. They are sweet enough for my early bird. [They should be because they have an entire cup of dates in them!] They also have dried berries and cherries (I used the Cherry Berry Bonanza from our NatureBox delivery but if you don’t have them another brand would work too.) Plus I added a touch of maple syrup. For added nutrition, I also added quinoa, pecans and flax. As usual I made them with whole-wheat flour. So I don’t feel so bad about her having these for breakfast a few times a week. And the best part is, there are no cereal crumbs all over the floor when she is done! cherry-berry-breakfast-cookies-016

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cherry berry breakfast cookies – naturebox giveaway

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 20 cookies

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Calories per serving: 116

Fat per serving: 4

cherry berry breakfast cookies – naturebox giveaway

Whole-grain, date-sweetened breakfast cookies with cherries and berries, pecans, quinoa and flax.


  • 6 ounces soft Medjool Dates, pitted and chopped (1 cup)
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • ¼ cup ground flax seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 ounces dried cherries and berries, such as Cherry Berry Bonanza
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (4 ½ ounces) see Tip*
  • ¼ cup chopped toasted pecans


  1. Place dates in a small bowl. Pour water over the dates and let sit until the dates are very soft and the water has cooled to about room temperature, about 20 minutes.
  2. Arrange two oven racks evenly spaced in upper and lower thirds of the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat two large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  3. Whisk flour, flax seeds, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Make a well in the center.
  4. Place dates and water in blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Add egg yolk, oil, maple syrup, vanilla and almond extract and process until smooth. Pour the date mixture into the well in the center of the dry mix. Stir to combine. Add in dried cherries and berries, quinoa and pecans and stir until just combined.
  5. Beat egg whites with clean beaters in a medium bowl until soft peaks form. Fold whites into cookie batter.
  6. Drop batter by two tablespoons per cookie, about 1 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  7. Bake, rotating once half way, until puffed and set 15 to18 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet at least 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack with a thin spatula.


Tip* To make cooked quinoa: Bring 2 parts water to a boil in a large or medium saucepan. Add 1 part rinsed quinoa and return to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer undisturbed until the water is absorbed and the quinoa has just burst opened, about 15 minutes. | Fiber: 3 g| Protein: 2 grams|Sodium: 93 | Sat Fat: 0g|

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  1. I recently discovered an ancient grains hot cereal that is delicious for breakfast!

  2. I love oatmeal in the morning!

  3. I make my own granola bars…. yummy!

  4. cookies? for breakfast?! hi, let’s be friends 🙂
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  5. I love homemade bread with apple butter!

  6. I’m a huge fan of breakfast cookies and these look right up my alley. Thanks, Katie!
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  7. i love to eat a grapefruit

  8. Plain yogurt with fresh fruit and granola–my go-to every day.

  9. I enjoy a soft boiled egg on whole wheat toast.
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  10. Love oatmeal and oatmeal cookies.

  11. Marnely Rodriguez-Murray

    I love salted cashews!

  12. Oatmeal with soy milk and a drizzle of honey!

  13. My favorite healthy breakfast is granola with yogurt or almond milk.

  14. My favorite healthy breakfast is a bowl of warm oatmeal with some mixed nuts and dried fruits on top!

  15. I love apples!! I also like oatmeal & steel cut oats

  16. I like yogurt with some berries.

  17. Looking for a great lunchbox filler and I think this might fit the bill!

  18. My favorite breakfast is overnight refrigerator oats – especially banana with bananas and a little cocoa powder.

  19. I love plain yogurt with honey or a tasty oatmeal with maple

  20. i love roasted almonds or pistachios as a snack

  21. I like popcorn made in a brown paper bag in the microwave.

  22. Haha…your daughter sounds a bit like me! I’m almost always up early roaming about. And I hear that you wake up earlier and earlier as you get older. I’m in trouble! My favorite breakfast food is homemade granola…we started making our own about 6 months ago, and I love it on top of vanilla Greek yogurt.
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  23. I always struggle to get enough vegetables in my daily diet, so I started roasting extra vegetables at dinner time. Reheated roasted carrots are surprisingly delicious (and naturally sweet!) for breakfast.

  24. My kids and I love eating blueberries mixed with yogurt and topped with granola for breakfast! It’s been such a favorite that we planted our very own blueberry plant last year. Can’t wait until it starts producing berries this year!

  25. Too funny about your daughter! So much for sleeping in for the rest of you. 🙂

    My favorite healthy breakfast, which I eat about 5 mornings each week, is a yogurt and berry parfait. I can’t get enough of it!

  26. Favorite breakfast or snack: smoothie made with almond milk, peanut butter, overripe banana and uncooked quick oats.

  27. Fresh Fruit, Yogurt, Kind Bars.

  28. Oatmeal is my favorite!

  29. I like hummus + veggies as a snack!

  30. I like yogurt and granola

  31. My favorite breakfast is almond butter toast with oatmeal!
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  32. Greek yogurt and granola parfait

  33. We are currently hooked on grain free peanut butter/banana muffins. Thanks for the chance!

  34. Almonds and peanut butter with apples are my favorite!

  35. Low carb yogurt with berries, a little nutmeg and some birch sugar is really good….Sometimes roasted nuts chopped over the top… you can even put a few mini chocolate chips if that is what you like…

  36. Granola is my favorite.

  37. I like to have a smoothie for breakfast.

  38. I like Greek yogurt

  39. I love fruit and yogurt!

  40. I also have a super early riser who is also 7. Will def be making these.

  41. Looks yummy!! Can’t wait to make them.

  42. Steel cut oats, cooked up with plain water, adding 2 tablespoons of dried cranberries with orange essence, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, pat of real butter, and 2 tablespoons of chopped walnuts. My favorite breakfast!

  43. I have been obsessed with making muffins or scones- these breakfast cookies are right up my alley- but typically oatmeal with walnuts, dried fruit and a touch of brown sugar does it for me!

  44. Kathy Lorenzini

    I just found you on Facebook! These cookies sound delicious and I will definitely be making them soon!

  45. An apple and almond butter!

  46. Thanks for sharing I love Liverpool

  47. Cookies for breakfast? Gotta be good! Have to say I’m usually a nothing but coffee or smoothie person, but this… might just tempt me!
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