Healthy Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies are a delicious fall breakfast! Made with only 8 ingredients, they are perfect for meal prepping & naturally gluten free.
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Is there really anything better than cookies for breakfast? I think not. These Healthy Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies are the perfect combo of delicious, hearty and fun for your fall breakfasts! They’re made with wholesome ingredients like oats, pecans and fall spices. Plus, they’re sweetened with just a little bit of maple syrup and have no refined sugars. You could always add more sweetener if you prefer, but we wanted these cookies to be low in sugar to start your day off the right way!
I’ve always been a fan of oatmeal, but hate cooking it. Yes, my Protein Packed Egg White Oatmeal is delicious, but it still requires you to wash a sticky, oatmeal covered pan.. which who has time for that?! Baked oatmeal is a great option (especially this Chocolate Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal) but even though it only requires one dish, it’s not very portable (unless you put it in a container to go!) That’s where breakfast cookies come in!
These Healthy Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies are easy to make, require minimal dishes and solve the problem of needing a portable breakfast! Healthy breakfast cookies get baked on a cookie sheet, cool and then can easily be stored in the fridge or freezer for grab and go breakfasts. You can eat them cold out of the fridge, but I recommend popping them in your microwave or toaster oven so they get nice and warm.
Things we used for this recipe:
- pumpkin puree
- coconut oil
- maple syrup
- vanilla extract
- old fashioned rolled oats (gluten free if necessary)
- chia seeds
Substitutions for this recipe:
- To make nut free: omit pecans
- To make vegan: sub egg with one flax egg
- If you don’t have coconut oil you can use olive oil
- You can sub maple syrup with honey
Can you use quick cook or steel cut oats in this recipe?
No, unfortunately you can’t use quick cook or steel cut oats to make these healthy breakfast cookies. Quick cook oats can get too mushy when mixed with these ingredients as they are often smaller and less hearty than old fashioned oats. With steel cut oats, they can’t soak up the ingredients and cook in time. They need to be cooked for much longer over with heat to make them edible. You’ll wind up with a mess unless you use old fashioned overnight oats.
Whether you meal prep these cookies or just enjoy them for a lazy fall breakfast, I know you’ll love them! Something I want to call out is that these cookies may not be sweet enough for you/your families taste. You can always add more maple syrup if you prefer your breakfast sweeter, but I wanted to make these cookies as low in sugar as possible. I like to add maple sweetened almond butter on top and find that’s the perfect combo!
Healthy Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350 and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat liner
- In a bowl whisk together pumpkin, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract and eggs.
- Stir in oats, spices, chia seeds and pecans.
- Drop the cookies in 1 tbsp balls on the baking sheet about 1 inch apart (12 cookies per sheet) You can top with additional pecans if you’d like.
- Bake at 350 for 17-19 minutes until bottom of the cookies have browned. Allow the cookies to cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-6 days.
You can get the nutrition facts for this recipe here.
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