I’ve been making a version of these paleo healthy breakfast cookies with banana and peanut butter from my winter reset meal plan and they are truly my favorite high protein low sugar snack to have lying around the house.
As the cans of pumpkin began to get popped (and not finished) this fall, I found myself with the perfect swap. This version uses pumpkin pie spices and almond butter as the base. Maple syrup is the sweetener but since these are intended for breakfast, it’s a really a scant amount.
One of the things that sets breakfast cookies apart from regular cookies, besides the restraint on the sugar front, is plenty of fiber to get you going at the beginning of the day. Since these are grain-free, almond flour is the main dry ingredient, but I also added a little unsweetened shredded coconut, chopped pecans and cacao nibs for texture.
The breakfast cookies can be vegan as well if you substitute a flax egg for the regular eggs.
I find that most of these ingredients have their own subtle sweetness – even almond flour! – and that allows you to get away with less sugar and still feel satisfied.
When I’m getting into a packaged bar rut, I try to make a batch of these so I can grab something quick in the morning before heading out. They keep best in the fridge for up to a week, but are perfectly portable at room temperature.
The almond butter is the only ingredient you have to watch out for on the low FODMAP front, but two small cookies is a safe serving. If you want to use peanut butter instead, you can have a few more at a time!
Read on for this recipe for healthy breakfast cookies, and I hope you’ll add them to your morning rotation in the New Year!
With health and hedonism,
Paleo Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies
These healthy breakfast cookies are purposefully not too sweet – it’s breakfast! You can always add more maple syrup if you like. The LF safe serving size is 2 cookies. If you want to eat more, simply sub ½ cup peanut butter for almond butter or use all peanut butter. This recipe is also great with banana if you don’t have any pumpkin puree on hand! If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, you can sub1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon ground ginger, ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg and ¼ teaspoon ground cloves.
- 1 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
- 1 cup unsweetened almond butter
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil at room temperature
- 2 large eggs or flax eggs
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups almond flour
- ¼ cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (see note)
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans
- 2 tablespoons cacao nibs optional
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the pumpkin with the almond butter, coconut oil, eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla until smooth.
Fold in the almond flour, coconut, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt. Mix until just combined. Stir in the pecans and cacao nibs, if using.
With a cookie scoop or rounded tablespoon, portion the cookies onto the tray spaced 1 inch apart. You should have a dozen per sheet.
Transfer the tray to the oven and bake the cookies for 15 minutes, swapping the trays from top to bottom halfway through, or until firm and golden around the edges. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the pan or a wire rack completely.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.