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Smoothies & Breakfast Cookies Recipes: Taste of Summer in Winter

Nothing wrong with a peanut butter cup for breakfast!

  • ½ banana, frozen
  • 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp. peanut butter
  • ½ cup ice cubes
  • 2-3 tsp. honey or agave, to taste
  • 1 cup dairy milk or almond milk (regular or chocolate)

Blend until creamy, nutty and oh, so chocolaty.

Perfect to start the day, or add a splash of rum and liven up your Friday night!

  • 1 banana, frozen
  • ½ cup fresh or canned pineapple chunks
  • ¼ tsp. coconut extract
  • ½ cup frozen mango,
  • ½ cup ice cubes
  • 1 cup almond milk, coconut milk or dairy milk

Blend until creamy, garnish with a paper umbrella.

This wonderfully classic smoothie pleases just about everyone.

  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond milk or dairy milk
  • 2-3 tsp. honey or agave, to taste

Blend until creamy and berryliscious.

Don’t let the spinach scare you, this smoothie is downright delicious!

  • 1 kiwi, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves, tightly packed
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • ½ cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 cup dairy milk or almond milk
  • 2-3 tsp. honey or agave, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. ground flax, if desired

Blend well, until smooth, green and creamy. Serve with a bendy straw.

One of these hearty, naturally sweetened cookies starts your morning (or your hike!) on the right foot.

  • 1 cup unbleached flour or finely ground oats
  • 3 cups oatmeal (old fashioned or quick cooking)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup honey or real maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup melted butter or coconut oil
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup grated apple (1 apple)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, optional

Whisk together flour, oats, soda, ground flax, salt and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, honey, melted butter, applesauce and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients with egg mixture. Stir in carrots, apple, walnuts, raisins and coconut, if using. Let mixture sit for 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Drop by level ¼ cupful onto greased baking sheets. Bake until lightly browned on the bottom, about 12

  • 15 minutes. Makes 2 ½ – 3 dozen.

    Great for breakfast or the trail, these yummy cookies feature bittersweet chocolate, tart cherries and… zucchini!

  • 1 cup unbleached flour or finely ground oats
  • 3 cups oatmeal (old fashioned or quick cooking)
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup honey or real maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup melted butter or coconut oil
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup finely grated zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup dried cherries or cranberries
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • Whisk together flour, oats, soda, ground flax, salt and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, honey, melted butter, applesauce and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients with egg mixture. Stir in zucchini, pecans, cherries and chocolate chips. Let mixture sit for 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Drop by level ¼ cupful onto greased baking sheets. Bake until lightly browned on the bottom, about 12-15 minutes. Makes 2 ½ -3 dozen.

    Snow may be flying, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a little taste of the delicious summer to come. Bring a bit of the sunshine and fun into your winter with nutritious fruit-filled smoothies and breakfast cookies.

    And for you lucky southern dwellers and snowbirds, it’s yet another way to enjoy breakfast. Just pop some ingredients in the blender or mixer and start imagining fun in the sun. Might as well book a campsite while you’re at it!

    • Smoothies just may be the easiest way to start the day. Just pre-freeze a variety of fruit and when you wake up, simply combine fruit and milk in the blender for a healthy, nutritious breakfast.
    • Adding protein powder, ground flax or a spoonful of nut butter makes them even more sustaining. Plus, who doesn’t like a breakfast that comes with an umbrella or bendy straw? In the photo gallery, check out our recipes for Nutty Choconana, Strawberry Banana, Pina Colada and Super Green smoothies.
    • Cookies for breakfast? Oh yeah! Both of our hearty, naturally sweetened Breakfast and Trail Cookies offer fruit, nuts, oats and even veggies. Carrot Cake cookies combine carrots, walnuts, coconut and raisins, while ChocoCherry cookies bring together bittersweet chocolate, pecans, dried cherries and zucchini. They’re easy to fix ahead and store in the freezer, then pop in the microwave for a warm winter treat on the go. And when summer comes, they’re great for breakfast and do double duty as yummy snacks to pack on the trail.

    Share your favorite smoothie in the comments below!