I experimented mightily to bring you this tasty pumpkin breakfast treat!
Pumpkin is hard to work with in a BLE baking context, because it has no natural sweetness, and without the usual heaps of sweetener, unsweetened pumpkin honestly doesn’t taste very good.
But fortunately for you, I’m a BLE wizard.
Well, maybe not, since technically these are BLE-ish, and not 100% BLE compliant, due to the applesauce and the dried cranberries. I tried this with mashed banana instead, and I didn’t really like them. The applesauce lends a better flavor, in my opinion. Also, dried cranberries are so tart, I’ve never found them to be triggering. I know many BLE-ers who eat unsweetened applesauce and dried cranberries, but please know that these foods are not strictly BLE compliant.
To make these gluten-free, be sure to use certified gluten free oats. Oats are naturally a gluten-free grain, but they are usually processed on the same equipment as wheat and can still cause problems for those with gluten sensitivity.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats, dry 2 oz
- 1/2 cup unsweetened pumpkin purée 4 oz
- 4 oz unsweetened applesauce 4 oz
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries optional, omit for BLE compliance
- 2 Tbsp almond butter 1 oz
- 3/8 cup chopped nuts (I used a mix of pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and pecans) 3 oz
- 1.5 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice or make your own, see notes
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 °F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and mix well.
- Drop scoops of batter onto the baking sheet to make 6 cookies. To make them extra pretty, sprinkle a few nuts and cranberries on top.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, until firmed up and holding together.
- Let cool for a few minutes before eating. Serve warm, or cooled.
- These can be made ahead and store well.
- To make your own pumpkin pie spice, combine the following:
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ground allspice
- If not following BLE, feel free to sweeten these with 1 Tbsp of maple syrup or honey, and a few chocolate chips.
- Notes for Bright Line Eaters
- It’s ok to swap fruit for veggies at breakfast, thus the pumpkin being counted in that category.
- This recipe makes 2 complete weight loss breakfasts, so divide the batch in half. So if you make 6 cookies, 3 cookies = 1 breakfast.
- This recipe comes in a little bit short on fruit, weighing in at 8 oz instead of 12, not including the dried cranberries. I personally count the dried cranberries as fruit (and use a smaller volume since they are dried) but if you omit those, you could swap them for 4 oz of frozen cherries or fresh cranberries in the recipe or eat 2 oz of fruit on the side at a meal.
- To make these into maintenance cookies, I double the nut butter, add an extra ounce of nuts, and increase the amount of oats to 3 oz total instead of 2 oz. I don’t worry that there’s not a full 2 protein servings, because nut butter is a heavy protein choice.