Back in Paris last fall, there were posters all over the city for Mommy, a small Canadian movie that had won the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and was opening in cinemas. It’s a superb and critically acclaimed drama written and directed the brilliant Xavier Nolan who is only 26.
At some bar back in Paris someone asked if I’d seen the movie, I hadn’t. In fact, I didn’t even know the movie existed until I saw the ads in Paris; and I’m somewhat of a Xavier Nolan fan.
‘But you’re from Canada non?” my bar companion asked.
“Yes” I say sheepishly, “but this is a French Canadian film and I’m not up on French Canadian cinema”
The truth was, I wasn’t up on French Canadian anything. I’d lived in Canada for over a decade and didn’t know much about French Canada.
In an effort to learn more about Canada, I recently spent a few days exploring the city of Montreal. I was totally blown away by this beautiful city, its rich culture, history and architecture. I can’t wait to share my snapshots and thoughts in my next several posts.
So while I’m still processing photos from my trip, let’s talk about these oatmeal and chocolate breakfast cookies I brought on the five-hour plan ride. I’m a bit of a maven at bringing my own food on plane rides now, I love the little bit of comfort it adds to the trip.
The breakfast cookies come together quickly and travel well, applesauce help keep them soft longer.
They were perfect for the short flight, with a few leftover that we munched on when we needed a quick snack in between meals while exploring. I offered one to our wonderful Uber driver on our ride to Montreal’s Mile End, and he promptly declared it the best cookie ever!
Of course, he was being kind, but I really do love these cookies, not just for plane rides or breakfast as the name suggests; they do go great with your morning coffee, but they’re also perfect as an afternoon snack or for midnight milk and cookie cravings.
I also love that these cookies are a fairly healthful treat, packed with oats, applesauce, almond butter, dried fruit and chocolate, I feel a little less guilty starting my day with these and a nice cup of coffee.
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips or chunks
- 1/4 cup freeze-dried strawberries or 1/8 cup dried fruit or more chocolate
- 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar (or less, or omit if using sweetened applesauce)
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (or less if using salted almond butter)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
- Combine applesauce, almond butter and vanilla extract
- Add oats, chocolate chips, strawberries, sugar and salt, mix well to combine
- Using a tablespoon or ice cream scoop, spoon rounded spoonfuls (scoopfuls) of dough onto prepared baking sheet spacing them a few inches apart, press down gently to flatten them out (If you prefer flat-looking cookies)
- Bake cookies for 14 – 16 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through, until edges are just golden brown
- Let them cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes before transferring them on to a wire rack to cool completely