Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Baked Breakfast Cookies

Hi! How about a cookie for breakfast? Better yet, there’s chocolate. And it’s pumpkin! Hello, pumpkin breakfast cookie!

pumpkin chocolate chip breakfast cookies

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve found myself back on the oats wagon. It might just be the season, but I’ve found myself enjoying oats more frequently in fave recipes like these beloved pancakes, breakfast cookie dough cereal, baked oatmeal and breakfast cookies. We’re going through some kind of crazy heat wave right now in San Diego, so I did something that makes a lot of sense:

organic canned pumpkin

Broke out the pumpkin.

I couldn’t help myself when I thought of how amazing it would be in a baked breakfast cookie component. 

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Pumpkin, in addition to being nutrient-dense and holiday-centric veggie, is also extremely filling. When I include pumpkin puree into oats or a smoothie, the combo is so much more satisfying (and tastes like pie; always a good thing).

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookie

These little cookies contain a kick of cinnamon spice, whole grains, and protein.

Oh, and chocolate. Chocolate for breakfast is always a wise choice 😉

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Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a whirl! Please let me know what you think 🙂


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

A sweet breakfast treat, perfect to make ahead and enjoy throughout the week. These are especially wonderful with a cup of coffee and plate of scrambled eggs and fruit, or crumbled onto yogurt.

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 12
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x


  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats (for gluten-free, be sure to use certified GF oats)
  • 1 big scoop (42g) vanilla protein powder (I used Raw Fit)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted grassfed butter (unsalted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup almond milk


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray two cookie sheets with nonstick spray or olive oi.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, protein, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well-combined.
  3. 3. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. 4. In another bowl, whisk together the butter, egg, almond milk, vanilla, pumpkin and brown sugar. Pour this mixture onto the dry mixture and stir well until a nice dough forms.
  5. 5. Using a tablespoon or melon ball scooper, scoop the dough onto the cookie sheets and lightly press down to make cookie shapes.
  6. 6. Place in the oven and bake for 12 minutes or until set. Allow to cool completely.


  • Don’t have pumpkin? Mashed sweet potato would work nicely, too!


  • Serving Size: 8

Nutrition stats are here, too.

These nutrient dense pumpkin breakfast cookies are a delicious way to enjoy breakfast this fall. They'll fill you up and fuel your morning right!

Have a great day <3



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  1. Racheal @ Running with Racheal on September 18, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    I gave in and opened my first can of pumpkin last week. It has been all downhill since. I am looking forward to making these! Thanks Gina!

  2. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on September 18, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Awesome recipe! 🙂

    Out of curiosity, how does the Raw Fit protein powder compare to Sunwarrrior Classic in your opinion? I usually use Sunwarrior, but I am always curious about trying new products.

    • Fitnessista on September 18, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      i like the taste of the sun warrior better, but bought the raw fit because it was on sale. i like it a lot in smoothies and snacks but don’t love it by itself

  3. Britt@MyOwnBalance on September 18, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I still haven’t broken into the pumpkin yet. But I’m saving this one for later. It looks delicious!

  4. Laura @SheEatsWell on September 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Yesssss. I am ready for pumpkin. Can’t wait to make these after this weekend’s grocery run.

    • Fitnessista on September 18, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      let me know how they turn out! 🙂

  5. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on September 18, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I made a mistake last week of posting a flourless pumpkin almond choc chip muffin recipe I was tinkering with and suddenly social media went crazy on me. Everyone wanted the recipe this second. I was surprised everyone wanted pumpkin so soon. It’s so hot here still. I still don’t want to bake much.

  6. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on September 18, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I love pumpkin, I love fall, but I can’t get into it yet. It’s just too hot! Now maybe if I find some pumpkin ice cream somewhere!

  7. Rhiannon @ Bound to be a Buckeye on September 18, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    I can’t wait to try these out! I’ve been making pumpkin “brownies” with a handful of dark chocolate chips thrown in. It’s basically like a pumpkin pie in a brownie pan. Delicious!

    • Fitnessista on September 18, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      that sounds amaaaaaaazing

  8. Jessie on September 18, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Looks awesome!

  9. Linda @ the Fitty on September 18, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I don’t think the batter will last until I bake it! NOM NOM ONM

  10. Sharon T on September 18, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    I just made these. With no pumpkin on hand, banana worked well instead. Yum!

    • Fitnessista on September 18, 2014 at 6:32 pm


  11. Maggie on September 18, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Hey Gina, would these work without the protein powder? Is there something I could substitute instead? They look yummy!!

    • Fitnessista on September 18, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      i think so! maybe try 2 tablespoons of whole grain flour??

  12. Amy S on September 18, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    YUM. YUM. YUM.

    WANT. NOW!

    P.S. I’m dying to make your pumpkin cheesecakes for one, also! Now I just have to decide which pumpkin recipe to make first!!

    • Fitnessista on September 18, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      ahhhhh the pumpkin struggle is real 🙂

  13. Alex @ Get Big, Go To Work on September 18, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    These look delicious Gina. I will definitely have to make these soon.

    • Fitnessista on September 18, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      let me know if you do 🙂

  14. Megan on September 18, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Wow, those look amazing! I’m ready to take a smoothie break anyway. 🙂

  15. Amanda @ Slimplify Life on September 18, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    #allthepumpkin. The struggle is so real right now.

  16. Michelle on September 18, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Those will definitely be made this weekend for next weeks breakfast/snacks. My 4yr old loved the original baked bfast cookie and so do I. Who doesn’t love having a cookie for bfast. Actually, that original recipe is how I found you, so it one of my favs.

  17. Lucy on September 18, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Wow! This looks delicious! Plus pumpkin, may favorite, is your main ingredient! Gotta love to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Masala Girl on September 18, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    i dont mean to be THAT person, but in your description, you say, ” these would be wonderful with a cup of cup…”… cup of what? haha
    (side note, i have had pumpkin oats the past 3 days and have eaten pumpkin every day for almost the past 1-2 weeks. so YUM.! libbys is also at WF not and tastes so much different plain 😉 )

  19. Christa @ Living Unablanced on September 19, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Can’t wait to make these!!! I’m totally pretending it’s fall even though it’s 86 degrees here.

  20. Nic on September 19, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I’m going to give you a random comment today on how awesome your food pics are recently! Definitely see the improvements!

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2014 at 11:18 am

      thank you, nic! <3

  21. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on September 19, 2014 at 10:16 am

    These look yummy! I love everything pumpkin!

  22. Tracy on September 19, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Ahhh the urge for pumpkin is strong! Best just to give in! These cookies sound delish!!

  23. Sana on September 19, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    These look delicious!! What can I use in place of butter? Coconut oil?

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2014 at 5:23 pm


  24. Sara @ Lake Shore Runner on September 19, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I am planning on making baked pumpkin bars this weekend. I am definitely going to use your recipe as a base because I was a little considered about baking the bars. I will let you know how they turn out 🙂


    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      please do! 🙂

  25. Gina @ Gina Blogs Life on September 19, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I just made a batch and they’re fresh out of the oven! They’re really good, I like that they’re not overly sweet. They’re a little crumbly but that’s probably because they’re still hot–I was hungry! 😉

  26. Becca on September 20, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Made these this afternoon with my kiddo’s and it is DEFINITELY a keeper! When I told them they could have one for breakfast before school they just could not believe it! 😀 I struggle to find things for my picky 6 year old, so this is just perfect for me to throw in her lunches instead of a store bought granola bar!

    Thanks for all the fun recipes! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 21, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      so awesome!! happy you and the kiddos like them 🙂

  27. Ashley on September 21, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Just made a batch for the afternoon slump at work this week…delicious!

    • Fitnessista on September 21, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      yeahhhh! 🙂

  28. Anastasia on September 22, 2014 at 11:27 am

    These are soooo good! Just an FYI, I subbed coconut oil for butter and did a flax egg and still came out delicious 🙂 thanks!

    • Fitnessista on September 22, 2014 at 8:08 pm


  29. Katie P on September 22, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Mmmmm just made these and they are delish!!! Thanks for the recipe, I will have to make this again soon.

  30. N on September 23, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Just made these – they are amazing! I generally dislike the consistency of oatmeal as a warm or cold breakfast, but baked into cookie form is great! I may try a variation of cinnamon and apple next! Thank you 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 24, 2014 at 12:24 am

      so awesome!!

  31. Sne on September 23, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Can’t wait to try these!

  32. Denise on September 23, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    How many in a serving? Does it just make 8?

    • Fitnessista on September 24, 2014 at 9:18 am

      it makes 16

  33. Holley @ lungesandlashes.com on September 29, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    What a great excuse to have cookies for breakfast! Thank you for posting the nutrition facts as well! I love when I can see those 🙂

  34. Rachel on October 9, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I’m definitely going to make these and either eliminate or sub the sugar. I’ve gotten to where I don’t need stuff as sweet as I used to. I’m probably going to use coconut oil too, as someone else suggested.

    Random, but I know that you love Trader Joe’s as much as I do and you’re a pumpkin-aholic so… I was grocery shopping a few days ago and saw that they had TJ’s pumpkin bagels. Only one bag left. My rationale is that I will eat one after my 10 mile run on Saturday, and my husband will eat the rest. Ha! Then one of the guys working there said I HAD to pick up the pumpkin cream cheese to go with it. So, naturally… Needless to say, the hubs ate one this morning, and my-oh-my, the bite I had was deeeeelicious! Just saying. Maybe you’ve had them before??!

    • Fitnessista on October 9, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      let me know how they turn out!
      i think i need to buy some.. for the pilot.. and eat some 😉

  35. Kim on January 21, 2015 at 4:04 am

    My son loves these these breakfast cookies. I make a batch of these and your other breakfast cookies at the same time and wraped them individually then freeze them. I pull them out the night before and he eats them with yogurt before school.

  36. Holly on February 14, 2015 at 6:00 am

    I made these for the first time this morning and am eating as I’m typing LOL! I made a few minor alterations but HOLY OMG they are perfectly yummy and healthy and delish!!!! I’m taking baby steps into the GF/AIP protocol – wish me luck! Hugs, Holly

  37. Nikki on September 10, 2016 at 6:27 am

    I am baking this now!!

    • Fitnessista on September 10, 2016 at 9:12 pm

      how did they turn out?!

  38. Nikki on September 11, 2016 at 3:21 am

    Really great. I didn’t have any chocolate chips so I just added chia seeds instead!

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