If you’re a mom with little kids, trying to offer them a variety of healthy foods they’ll enjoy can become quite challenging.

Breakfast has become somewhat boring in my house – the same 3 meals I’ve been rotating seem to have lost their appeal so I’m always on the lookout for new ideas.

Here’s a yummy recipe I found on MyFitnessPal:





  • 1½ tablespoons Chia seeds
  • ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • ¾ cup old fashioned oats (gluten-free if necessary)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup chopped dates
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chunks or carob chips (gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1 Tablespoon creamy almond butter (with salt)
  • large pinch of cinnamon


1.  Preheat oven to 350F.

2.  In a small bowl, stir together the chia seeds and almond milk and let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes, or until the chia seeds have created a nice gel-like consistency.

3.  Pour the chia seed gel into a medium sized mixing bowl and add in the mashed bananas, oats, coconut, almond butter and cinnamon until well combined. Gently stir in the dates and chocolate chunks.

4.  Scoop out a generous tablespoon of dough onto a baking stone or a greased cookie sheet and use a fork to press the dough down a little to make more of a cookie shape. You should get about 15 cookies.

5.  Place in oven and bake for 17-20 minutes, or until the bottom of the cookies have browned a bit.

6.  Take them out, let cool and enjoy.

Note: Many dark chocolate chips are gluten-free however ingredients can vary by brand. It’s best to look at packaging before purchasing if you have a gluten sensitivity.

Nutrition Information

Serves: 15  |  Serving Size: 1 cookie

Per serving: Calories: 79; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 7mg; Carbohydrate: 12g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 2g

Nutrition Bonus: Potassium: 82mg; Vitamin A: 0%: Vitamin C: 2%; Iron: 4%; Calcium: 2%




This Saturday, get ready to tackle the FIU stairs and ramps once again.  We’ll meet at 7am in the parking garage at 109th & 8th St. to get our sweat on!



Rima =)

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