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Breakfast Cookies Made with Hot Cereal Packets

by on February 23, 2008 · 12 comments

A couple of months ago on a very cold day, I bought a box of Kashi Go Lean Hot Cereal thinking I’d enjoy it on hot mornings. I ate one packet, then the weather got warmer and I just didn’t feel like hot cereal anymore. I decided to use the hot cereal packets in cookies and below is what I came up with.

The cookies are moist, cakey and wholesome but not particularly low in fat with the nuts and oil. You might be able to get away with a bit less oil (1/4 cup) but I’ve only tested with 1/3 cup. Leaving out the nuts would cut fat, but fat from nuts is healthy, right?

breakfast cookies

Kashi Cookies

1 cup all-purpose flour or white whole wheat (e.g. Eagle Mills or King Arthur)
1/4 teaspoon salt (scant)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 packets (1.4 oz each) Kashi Go Lean Hot Cereal
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1/3 cup canola oil
1 large egg
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce (scant)
1/3 cup raisins (may use more or less)
1/3 cup toasted pecans or walnuts (may use more or less)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with non-stick foil or parchment.

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, salt and baking soda, making sure baking soda is evenly blended. Mix in Kashi packets and brown sugar.

In a second bowl, whisk together vegetable oil, egg, and applesauce. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and stir until mixed. Drop dough by generously rounded teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets.

Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes. Let cool on cookie sheets for about 3 minutes then transfer to a wire rack.

Makes 24 cookies

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Published on February 23, 2008

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Kim February 23, 2008 at 1:23 pm

Could you try replacing some of the oil with prune mixture made in the food processor? This has worked well for me in the past, and I think it would lend itself well to this particular recipe.

You just process the prunes into a paste with a little water and add to the recipe.

Pumpkin puree works good for this too! I always leave in a bit of oil, though. It just tastes better that way.

Danielle February 23, 2008 at 3:01 pm

thank u for this recipe! i had the same stuff left over in my pantry. i didnt have applesauce so i added half of a mashed banana, and little bit of lowfat milk. they are moist and yummy!

Anna February 23, 2008 at 3:50 pm

Kim, I love using prune puree. Usually, I just buy it in the form of babyfood. The small jars are about 40 cents each. I think you could incorporate some prune puree into the recipe, but if you used a full half cup, the cookies might have to strong a prune flavor.

Danielle, thanks for trying these! I love the idea of adding banana instead of applesauce. I guess you could use anywhere from half a banana to a full banana.

The batter is pretty moist, which is why I think cutting down the oil would work. In fact, there’s where the prune puree might come in. You could try

3 tablespoons oil
2 1/2 to 3 tablespoons prune puree
1/2 cup applesauce or 1/2 cup mashed banana

That would lower the fat content and add some fiber (prunes).

Joe February 23, 2008 at 4:23 pm

I usually love Kashi stuff, but when I tested this oatmeal awhile ago it was just okay – glad to see it re-purposed in a delicious way! The banana addition is a great idea too!

Noble Pig February 23, 2008 at 11:38 pm

I never thought of doing that. Kashi Go Lean is my favorite cereal cold or hot. Thanks for the idea.

Randi February 24, 2008 at 7:55 am

I love that kashi oatmeal. I wish I could find it here, but I have to go to MI if I want it.

Michelle February 24, 2008 at 10:06 am

Funny, I was just staring at two boxes of Kashi oatmeal packets wondering what I could use them for other than breakfast. Way to be resourceful, Anna!

Tagged you for a meme over at my blog. ;)

Katrina February 24, 2008 at 4:28 pm

I made these today. They are pretty good. I had some of the hot cereal packets and didn’t really care for it as that, so these were a great way to use them up. The cookies are quite good–for a low fat/low carb type. The only changes I made was that I used Deb El Powdered Egg Whites for the egg and only 1/4 cup chopped pecans. But they are yummy. And I did the math and they are only 80 calories each and 11 carbs. Thanks. I love looking at your recipe everyday.

Anna February 24, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Hi Katrina,

Thanks for the cookie report. Did you test them on the kids? I think Fuzz would have liked them had I left out the raisins.

I have two more packets of Kashi and am going to try the recipe with less oil.

Michelle, I haven’t forgotten about that meme. I’m trying to think of random facts.

Katrina February 24, 2008 at 8:46 pm

My 4 boys (ages 9, 6, 4 and 11 months) have not tasted the cookies yet, but they will probably like them as they all like raisins! I was torn between raisins and a small amount of mini choc. chips when I made them, then the kids would have really liked them, but I’m counting every calorie and carb right now and decided to make them more for me! : ) I’ll have to try them again with the rest of the cereal packets and use chocolate chips, probably leave out the cinnamon.

Anna February 28, 2008 at 10:53 am

I just made these again.

First off, I think they need less salt, so I changed the measurment from 1/2 tsp. to 1/4 tsp.

I also reduced the oil to 3 tablespoons and increased the apple sauce to 2/3. The cookies were still very good and much lower in fat.

Hot Cereal June 17, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Thank you for your kashi cookies.

Me and my son really love hot cereal.

I will try to makes those cookies and I think my son will love that cookies like he loves hot cereal.

Thank you again.

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