I spent a lot of time experimenting in the kitchen this last weekend. I've been scouring the internet lately to find the perfect pre-gym breakfast. A lot of the recipes for energy bites I found online sound delicious but have ingredients that are expensive and not what I consider to be kitchen staples. So I decided to create my own.
I wake up early in the morning to go to the gym. In order to not have to wake up any earlier I like to have something I can grab quickly and eat on the short drive. I need something that's going to fill me enough to fuel me for the next hour or so, but not so heavy that it will slow me down or make me uncomfortable during my workout.
In order to fit all of my criteria I wanted something with both quickly available carbohydrates (sugar) and a more slow burn fuel (starch and protein). My internet scouring and kitchen inventory resulted in these delicious oatmeal raisin breakfast biscuits.
The recipe makes about 15 individual biscuits. Each biscuit is roughly 150 calories with 3 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein. Try them out and let me know what you think!
Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Biscuits
1/2 cup dates, chopped
1/2 cup almond butter*
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup + 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup raisins
2 tablespoons low fat milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or baking sheets.
Put the dates in the a food processor and process until the thick paste it creates starts to clump. In a large bowl combine dates with all the other ingredients minus the milk. Once you've started to mix, add the milk to help it along. You should end up with a very thick dough. Scoop heaping spoonfuls onto your cookie sheet and press them down a little to flatten them. Bake for 20-25 minutes. The biscuits won't darken much or rise, but when you look at them they should look dry.
*Your nut butter of choice would work just as well as almond butter here, although it may alter the flavor slightly. I chose almond butter because it's fairly mild in taste and doesn't overwhelm dishes the way peanut butter does.
Taryn is a Los Angeles based Registered Dietitian who's passionate about helping you be your healthiest you.