Healthy Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies

 I get really excited about Fall, because it means beautiful foliage, and pumpkin everything.  So, the other day I had this streak of brilliance and decided I needed to make non-dairy pumpkin yogurt.  While in theory, it was an awesome idea, I failed epically.  But upon my culinary defeat, I had an extra cup of pumpkin to use and alas these cookies were born, and far from a culinary defeat they were.  Plus, who doesn't love the notion of eating a cookie (or four) for breakfast--and at only about 50 calories a cookie, you totally can.

  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • 3 eggs 
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 Tbs pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups quick cook oats
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup flaked, unsweetened coconut
  1. Heat the oven to 350°.  
  2. In a large bowl, mix the almond butter, pureed pumpkin, maple syrup, eggs, vanilla, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice with an electric mixer.
  3. Stir in the oats, chocolate chips, and coconut.  If it still seems too sticky to handle, stick it in the fridge about 10 minutes.
  4. With a large spoon or cookie scoop, drop heaping tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet.  Flatten slightly.  Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Feel free to half this recipe--it makes a LOTT as is.
  • These cookies won't spread much at all, so feel free to pack'em on the cookie sheet.
  • Lining the cookie sheet with a silpat works wonders.
  • Store these babies in the fridge for prolonged life.  Without keeping them in the fridge they will go a little funky on you after three days (well they did in my hot, clammy kitchen).
  • Get creative with your mix-ins; if you don't like coconut, toss in some pecans or slivered almonds.  & If you like coconut, you can still toss in some nuts or seeds.
  • These freeze pretty well- just take them out the night before and pop them in the fridge, or microwave until defrosted. 
  • Adapted from The Preppy Paleo.
Yields about 4 dozen cookies.

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