The phrase “Life is Good” might just sound like “Life is Gourd” with a mouthful of these delicious breakfast cookies. I look forward to the influx of pumpkin and fall foods in the grocery stores and autumn vegetables and fruits in my CSA box. I have even been known on occasion to call Trader Joe’s inquiring when they expect their fall items to arrive.
Pumpkins happen to be one of the older domesticated plants dating back to 7500 -5000 years BCE. While they are native to North America, pumpkins are enjoyed and cultivated worldwide. In fact, my home state of Illinois, grows the most US pumpkins and is home to the “Pumpkin Capital of the World” in the city of Morton where Libby’s pumpkin factory is located. Pumpkins take their name from the Greek word, pepon, which means a large melon. Over time, the word evolved into pompions and finally pumpkin.
Today, it seems like after Labor Day there is an utter explosion of pumpkin pie spice containing items in the store and coffee shops. Upon entering, you can smell the warm, autumn aromas of this spice mixture. Pumpkin pie spice is typically a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, mace, and ginger and sometimes cardamon or white pepper. The origins of pumpkin pie spice mixture can be traced to the Dutch East India Company, when these spices from Southeast Asia began to be imported to Europe. Like most cooks, I love adding these spices to baked goods!
This recipe is packed with whole grain rolled outs, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin puree, dried currants, spices, and sweetened with just enough brown sugar. Breakfast cookies are so convenient for those rushed mornings or a perfect after school snack. Adding chocolate chips will definitely elevate these to dessert level. We love to serve these cookies warm with a drizzle of maple cream or honey. The best part, aside from eating them, is that the recipe comes together in one bowl and cooks in 18 minutes!
Pumpkin Nut Breakfast Cookies
- 3 cups rolled old fashioned oats
- 1 cup flour
- 2/3 cup pumpkin puree (either canned or homemade)
- 2 tbsp almond butter or substitute apple sauce
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips or dried currants or a combination of both
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine all ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix until a wet dough forms. Stir in chocolate chips if desired.
- Transfer cookie dough to the refrigerator for 15 minutes. This will allow the dough to set.
- Using an ice cream scooper, form cookies and place on a lined baking sheet.
- Bake in oven at 350 degrees F for approximately 18 minutes. (I like to start checking the cookies at 15 minutes). Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before enjoying.
- Best served warm with a drizzle of honey, maple syrup, or apple butter.