Okay- it is Spring Break time for me again and I re-did the recipe some to make it easier to read- there are no changes in ingredients or amounts from before, just a new and improved format format.
I have also calculated the nutritional info and points (both WP and 123) I figure with all the changes with the real BBC’s we may have more people looking for the recipe now. I included both the protein and carbohydrate stats, which are in line with the revamped BBC ones. I did not do any of the other vitamins as that would take to much time for me to do but I can say that they all have at least 2.5% of calcium (based on 2000 calories per day)- it comes from the yogurt. With the new fiber cap of 4 grams, they still come out to 3-4 points per cookie which is great for breakfast or a snack.
I have also included some new variations that I have tried myself. Each recipe makes four 3-4 ounce cookies- it can be doubled or even tripled- I like to start with batches of 4 so that I don’t make too many before I decide I like them and so I can have variety every week by making several variations.
Here is the basic recipe (pick a variation from below- you cannot make just the basic recipe, unless you want a very plain breakfast cookie):
~1 1/2 cups wheat BRAN (NOT wheat germ, wheat bran has 32 calories and 7 grams of fiber per 1/4 cup)- Reserve 1 teaspoon for topping
~1/2 cup whole wheat flour
~1/4 cup packed brown sugar-Reserve 1 teaspoon for topping (FYI- some people have used Splenda with success, others have had problems using it. I find that when using Splenda in baking I need to have some fat added or more moisture. I feel these cookies are low enough in points that I have not tried using Splenda in this recipe)
~1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
~1/2 cup unsweetened, fat free yogurt (non-nutrisweet or other artificial sweetener as they do not bake well)
~1 teaspoon baking powder
~pinch of salt
~1 teaspoon vanilla
~1/2 teaspoon imitation butter flavor (this is optional- can be found in some grocery stores near vanilla or sometimes in combination with vanilla- this helps give some of the "plainer" cookies with more depth- great for use in fat free/low fat baking)
********Pick one of the following variations listed below (you cannot make the basic recipe unless you want a very plain cookie). Follow the instructions, as some variations require that you omit ingredients from the basic recipe though the majority do not. ********
Mix together dry ingredients, then add in moist ingredients to make dough, stirring in fruit or chips, ect at end. Divide into 4 balls, flatten to 1/2- 3/4 inch thick on a lightly greased baking sheet or place into mini-tart pans sprayed with no-stick spray (I place the mini tart pans on a cookie sheet to make putting them in/out oven easy). Top with reserved brown sugar and bran (and nuts, if using a variation that uses walnuts). Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Do not over bake as the cookie will be dry- they should be somewhat spongy when you push on the top of the cookie (more like a muffin).
I listed the stats for each of the flavors of breakfast cookies with the ingredients needed for the variations given- add what I listed in ( ), omitting ingredients as noted from the basic recipe above. Winning Points followed by (WW 123)- both calculated on the Blue WW calculator from 2000, holding fiber at 4 for WP.
~Blueberry (stir in 1 cup frozen unsweetened blueberries)- WP: 3 (1), Cal 210, Protein 7, Fat 1, Fiber 13, carbs 50
~Strawberry (stir in 1 cup frozen strawberries, unsweetened, and chopped to small pieces)- WP: 3 (1), cal 200, Pro 7, Fat 1, Fiber 13, carbs 48
~Raspberry (stir in 1 cup frozen unsweetened blueberries)- WP: 3 (1), cal 200, Pro 7, Fat 1, Fiber 15, carbs 48
~Mixed berry (stir in 1 cup of assorted frozen berries)- nutritional info will vary slightly with berries used: WP 3 (1), Cal 205, Protein 7, Fat 1, Fiber 14, carbs 48
~Cherry (1/2 cup cherries unsweetened, chopped into pieces added to basic mix)- WP: 3 (1), cal 200, Pro 7, Fat 1, Fiber 15, carbs 47
~Carrot raison (Stir in 1 medium carrot, finely grated and 1/8 cup raison/currants in place of frozen fruit. Add cinnamon, clove, allspice to taste (I cheat and use pumpkin pie spice))- WP: 3 (1), cal 210, Pro 7, Fat 1, Fiber 14, carbs 50
~Tropical (stir in 1/3 cup crushed & drained pineapple, and 1/8 coconut (I get mine in the freezer section, lower cal/less sugar; omit fruit)- WP: 3 (2), Cal 206, Protein 7, Fat 2, Fiber 13, carbs 44
~Banana Nut (Decrease apple sauce to 1/4 cup, add 1 medium sized mashed ripe banana. Sprinkle 1/8 cup finely chopped walnuts on top.)- WP: 4 (2), cal 231, Protein 8, fat 4, fiber 13, carbs 50
~Maple walnut (omit the applesauce, & brown sugar. Add 1/3 cup real maple syrup and 1/8 cup finely chopped walnuts sprinkled on top)- WP: 4 (2), cal 213, Protein 8, fat 4, fiber 12, carbs 46
~Ginger Molasses (omit applesauce, add 1/3 cup molasses, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon ginger, 1/8 teaspoon clove)- WP: 4 (3), cal 249, protein 8, fat 1, fiber 12, carbs 59
~ Pumpkin Spice (add 1/2 cup canned, cooked pumpkin in place of apple sauce, add 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (to taste)- WP: 3 (1), cal 195, protein 8, fat 1, fiber 14, carbs 44
~ Chocolate Chip (Use 1/2 cup prune puree in place of applesauce, stir in 2 Tablespoons of mini-chocolate chips) WP: 4 (2), cal 228, protein 8, fat 3, fiber 13, carbs 51
~ Pumpkin chocolate chip (add 1/2 cup canned, cooked pumpkin in place of apple sauce, stir in 2 Tablespoons of mini-chocolate chips) WP: 4 (2), cal 219, protein 8, fat 3, fiber 14, carbs 48
New ones I want to try....lemon-poppy seed, cranberry orange walnut....any other ideas? maybe pineapple carrot?