meI’ve never been one to start my mornings with a bowl of cereal…largely because my favorite types, like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, tend to be lower in healthy nutrients like protein and fiber and higher in added sugars. Naturally, these aren’t the best options for setting anyone’s day up for success, and by that I mean promoting sustained energy, maintaining consistent blood sugar levels, etc.
That said, you can imagine how excited I was to see a protein-packed, gluten-free, vegan duplicate for my favorite cereal, in the form of a blondie, no less (!!!), by recipe developer @wholewithbeth.
Why These Crisp Cinnamon Blond Toasts Are Healthy *and* Breakfast-Friendly
There are a few star ingredients in this blondie recipe that make it more nutrient dense than cereal and suitable for breakfast (or a mid-day snack, or an after-dinner dessert… I mean, anytime really). ). The first is chickpea flour, which Los Angeles-based dietitian Gaby Vaca-Flores, RDN says is “high in protein and fiber and more nutritious than traditional refined flour.” He adds that while chickpea flour is the main source of protein in this recipe, the cashew butter and alternative milk of your choice will also add a few grams of protein to the batter (especially if you choose soy milk or another dairy milk). pea base). . But why is it so important to have protein at breakfast?
“One of the main benefits of getting enough protein at breakfast is that it can help keep your hormones and blood sugar balanced,” says Vaca-Flores. “As such, a high-protein breakfast can help prevent sugar crashes and mood fluctuations throughout the day, not to mention help you boost your energy levels and build lean muscle mass.” (When possible, she suggests consuming 15 to 25 grams of protein with your morning meal.)
Next, the benefits of using flax eggs go beyond making this recipe vegan friendly. “The main advantage of using flax eggs is that they provide two grams of fiber each. In addition, they can increase their consumption of omega-3 fatty acids”, continues Vaca-Flores. She also points out that flax eggs are easy to substitute in other recipes that call for conventional eggs given their one-to-one ratio. Last but not least, this recipe calls for coconut sugar for sweetness. “Coconut sugar provides nutrients like prebiotic fiber, antioxidants, and minerals like calcium and iron that are lost in white or brown sugar,” says Vaca-Flores. However, the dietitian adds that coconut sugar is still sugar, so it’s not considered a health food in the nutrition community.
All things considered, this crispy cinnamon toast is still a more nutritious option than the original cereal, as well as most of the baked goodies you might prefer for breakfast. “This recipe is higher in protein and fiber than these alternatives, making it a great option if you’re looking for something tasty and familiar that also has a number of important health benefits to offer,” concludes Vaca-Flores.
How to Nail This Healthy Cinnamon Blondie Recipe
I know, I know…by now you must be itching to whip up these crispy cinnamon blondies. But first, some tips and FYI related to nutrition:
Crispy Blondie Recipe with Cinnamon Protein Toast
2 flax eggs
1/4 cup cashew butter
1/4 cup milk of choice
1/3 cup vegan butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup chickpea flour
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup Hu Kitchen Snickerdoodle cookies, crushed (sub graham crackers or cinnamon-flavored cookies of your choice)
Cinnamon and sugar topping:
1 tablespoon coconut sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flax eggs, cashew butter, milk, vegan butter, and vanilla extract.
3. Mix the chickpea flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the crushed cookies.
4. Pour batter into prepared baking pan. Bake for 14 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Sprinkle with more cinnamon sugar if desired and enjoy!