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Coconut Oat Breakfast Cookies {gluten-free, date-sweetened}

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January is National Oatmeal Month, and I’m slipping in a recipe featuring this powerhouse ingredient before the month passes us by!

Nature’s Path sent me some of their instant oatmeal packets to try, and – although they were all delicious – I was especially excited about this new-to-me product called Qi’a™. Qi’a™ is a superfood blend of gluten-free rolled oats, buckwheat groats, chia seeds, & hemp seeds, and the creamy coconut version is fantastic! The dried coconut lends a subtle natural sweetness without any added sugar, and I was inspired to use the oatmeal packets to make a healthy breakfast cookie. 

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In order to keep the cookies free of added sugar, I used date paste to sweeten the dough. If you’re unfamiliar with date paste, let this be the perfect opportunity to acquaint yourself with it! All you do is soak dates in boiling water, and then puree the mixture to form a paste-like consistency. You can smear it on toast or waffles, dollop in on top of oatmeal, sub it in for the jam/jelly in a PB&J, or – as I did here – use it to add natural sweetness to baked goods.

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I used coconut oil and added in extra flaked coconut (unsweetened, of course!) for an unapologetically coconutty flavor. The cookies are easy, healthy, hearty, tasty, and portable, which is exactly what you want for your morning meal if you’re on-the-go (or just busy with little ones!).

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Jack, who is almost 14 months (!!!!!), gobbled up the crumbled cookie I offered him, so they also get the toddler seal of approval.

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*I received free product in exchange for this review & recipe. All opinions are my own.

Coconut Oat Breakfast Cookies {gluten-free, date-sweetened}

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients (12 cookies)

  • 6 individual packets Nature’s Path Qi’a™ Creamy Coconut Oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup melted & cooled virgin coconut oil
  • 6 Tbsp date paste (you can sub in an equal amount of honey or pure maple syrup)
  • 2 large eggs, preferably organic

Date paste:

  • Place 10 large soft medjool dates in a bowl and add just enough boiling water to cover them. Let sit for at least 4 hours, or up to overnight. Pour the dates (and the remaining water) into a blender and blend until smooth. Store in the fridge.

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or unbleached parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the oatmeal, coconut flakes, baking powder, and salt.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted & cooled coconut oil, date paste, and eggs.

Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until fully combined.

Using an ice cream scoop or a large spoon, scoop the dough out onto the prepared baking sheet. Gently press down on each cookie dough scoop to slightly flatten.

Bake for 12 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly golden brown around the edges. Cookies will still be very soft.

Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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All-Purpose Shredded Chicken in the Instant Pot

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The Instant Pot is *the* kitchen gadget to have these days, but a lot of people feel overwhelmed with all of its functions, buttons, and instructions; therefore, I thought it would be helpful to share some basic recipes (if you can even call this a recipe!) with you using this awesome countertop appliance.

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Season chicken with salt, pepper, garlic, and onion…

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place in the Instant Pot along with a bit of chicken stock for moisture…

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and 15 minutes later you have perfectly cooked, juicy, flavorful chicken!

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This batch is destined for chicken salad lunches throughout the week, but shredded chicken is a great staple to have on hand for a multitude of meals (think enchiladas, soup, casseroles, pasta, pizza, etc.). You can play around with the seasonings, or just stick with the basic spices I used here.

Are there any recipes using the Instant Pot that you’d like to see here? Just let me know!

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All-Purpose Shredded Chicken in the Instant Pot

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs chicken breasts or thighs, preferably organic
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • granulated garlic/garlic powder
  • granulated onion/onion powder
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth, preferably organic

Instructions

Liberally season the chicken with salt, pepper, granulated garlic, and granulated onion.

Pour chicken stock into the bottom of your Instant Pot.

Place the included trivet into the Instant Pot, and place seasoned chicken on the trivet.

Lock the lid into place, turn the steam release handle to the “sealing” position, and press the “poultry” button on the keypad.

When the Instant pot beeps and goes into the “keep warm” cycle, use the quick release function by turning the steam release handle to the “venting” position and allow the steam to escape until the float valve drops down.

Open lid, transfer chicken to a plate or bowl, and shred using two forks.

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