Cookies for breakfast? You bet!
No, this isn’t a cereal commercial from the ‘90s (although, now that I think about it, it’s been far too long since I’ve indulged in a big bowl of my childhood favorite cereal…).
Nope, today we’re talking about homemade nutritious cookies that are a total breakfast win for moms with picky kids, or for adults who are in need of a grab-and-go option in the morning.
While breakfast is by far my favorite meal of the day, not everyone agrees.
Whether you don’t have time to whip something up, or can’t stomach a full meal that early in the day, these cookies are just what you’ve been looking for!
Imagine being able to wake up, grab a cookie, and head out the door with time to spare. Eat it in the car, or bring it to your desk to enjoy a mid-morning dunk into a cup of coffee or milk. Sounds pretty good to me.
And the best part is, these cookies really are a nutritious way to start your morning.
Nutritionally speaking, breakfast can really set the tone for the rest of your day.
Think about it: if all you have is a donut or a bowl of sugary breakfast cereal, you’re more likely to get hungry within an hour or two and start snacking – and usually not on veggies or fruit. So many of us forget the healthy stuff when a hunger pang strikes, and reach for the chips or sweets.
Plus, all that sugar, especially first thing in the morning, can leave you feeling sluggish and irritable long before lunchtime, transforming you into a less-than-ideal coworker or fellow student.
Instead, breakfast should keep you full and energized by supplying your body with fiber, healthy fats, protein, vitamins, minerals, and a low amount of sugar.
So, how do these cookies stack up?
Let’s start with sugar, as the idea of a “cookie” usually implies that it is sweet.
Unlike dessert versions, there isn’t a speck of refined sugar anywhere in this recipe. And surprisingly, there isn’t even any maple syrup or honey. Instead, they are naturally sweetened with fresh pear, applesauce, a hint of molasses, and cinnamon.
One of my favorite tricks for starting to cut back on sugar cravings is adding a sprinkle of cinnamon. Filled with antioxidants, this warm spice helps to reduce inflammation and regulate blood sugars while also adding a serious flavor punch.
Next up: healthy fats!
Packed with essential omega-3 fatty acids, flax seeds are also a good source of B vitamins, which help keep your energy levels up during the day.
And that’s not all! These tiny seeds happen to be a good source of heart-healthy fiber and contribute protein, both of which will help to keep you feeling full throughout the morning.
Also contributing healthy dietary fiber are rolled oats, fresh pear, and unsweetened applesauce.
I told you – these cookies are bursting with nutrients from whole food ingredients!
And then there’s the texture. Almost like a muffin top, they’re slightly crunchy on the outside, yet soft and chewy on the inside.
So, even if you or your kids couldn’t care less about making healthy breakfast choices, who would say no to eating a warm, harvest-spiced cookie for breakfast?Print
Made with wholesome ingredients, these harvest spice breakfast cookies are perfect for an on-the-go meal you can feel good about.
- 1 medium pear, peeled and diced (about 1 cup)
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon molasses
- ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 inch fresh ginger root, finely grated
- 1 ⅓ cups unbleached all-purpose flour (or gluten-free baking mix)
- ⅓ cup old fashioned oats
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat silicone baking mat and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine diced pear, applesauce, molasses, coconut oil, and ginger. Set aside.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together flour, oats, ground flax seed, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder.
- Pour dry ingredients into pear mixture and stir well to combine.
- Using a ¼-cup measure or a cookie scoop, drop batter onto prepared cookie sheet, leaving 1-2 inches between cookies.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned.
- Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Let cookies cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Cookies
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: Breakfast
Keywords: breakfast cookie, apple, pear, cinnamon, molasses
Cooking By the Numbers…
Step 1 – Preheat Oven, Prep and Measure Ingredients
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat and set aside.
Peel and dice the pear, peel and grate the ginger, and measure out all of the remaining ingredients.
Note: Bosc pears are my preferred variety to use for baking, as they hold their shape well and have a nice level of sweetness. Anjou or French butter pears would also work.
Step 2 – Combine Wet Ingredients
In a large mixing bowl, combine the diced pear, applesauce, molasses, coconut oil, and ginger.
You can choose to buy a store-bought applesauce, or try a homemade version! Our stovetop or pressure cooker recipes are delicious, and you can choose to omit any sweeteners and seasonings from the recipes if you want the recipe to be completely unsweetened.
Step 3 – Whisk Together Dry Ingredients and Add to Wet
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, ground flax seed, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder.
Pour the dry ingredients into the pear mixture, and stir together well to combine.
Step 4 – Drop Batter onto Baking Sheet
Using a ¼ cup measuring scoop, drop batter onto prepared cookie sheet.
Leave 1-2 inches between each.
You should get 10 in total.
Step 5 – Bake and Cool
Place the baking sheet in the oven, and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the edges are starting to brown.
Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Let cookies cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
These cookies will keep for up to 5 days at room temperature. You can also individually wrap them in plastic wrap and place them in a zip-top freezer bag. Store in the freezer for up to one month.
Keep the Fall Feels Going Strong
Whether it’s actually fall, or whenever you need some warm spices to entice you to get out of bed in the morning, it’s hard to find a better combination than apples or pears and cinnamon – or both!
And you know I’m not talking about those instant apple cinnamon oatmeal packets. From muffins to pancakes, the sweet and slightly spicy aroma of a homemade breakfast is sure to lift the spirit of even the grumpiest morning person.
Try this recipe, and let us know how you liked it in the comments below. Don’t forget to leave a rating!
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Photos by Kelli McGrane, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published on October 18, 2011. Last updated: September 20, 2022 at 11:21 am.
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About Kelli McGrane, MS, RD
Kelli McGrane is a Denver-based registered dietitian with a lifelong love of food. She holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in nutrition science from Boston University. As a registered dietitian, she believes in the importance of food to nourish not only your body, but your soul as well. Nutrition is very personal, and you won’t find any food rules here, other than to simply enjoy what you eat.