I experimented mightily to bring you this tasty pumpkin breakfast treat!
Pumpkin is hard to work with in sweetener-free baking, 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 wizard.
Well, maybe not, since technically these aren’t totally sweetener-free 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.
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
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce , 4 oz
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 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
- Feel free to sweeten these with 1 Tbsp of maple syrup or honey, and a few chocolate chips.
- This recipe makes 2 weight loss friendly breakfasts, so divide the batch in half.