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Pumpkin Almond Butter Breakfast Cookies

November 2, 2014

Get your seasonal pumpkin fix with the nuttiness of almond butter in these delicious, gluten-free and vegan pumpkin almond butter breakfast cookies!

Believe it or not, I was a good student. In fact I may even go as far as to say I’m better at being a student than anything else I’ve been in my life. I may not be the smartest tool in the shed but I’ve always had great work ethic. Actually, I’ve always had kind of crazy work ethic.

Get your seasonal pumpkin fix with the nuttiness of almond butter in these delicious, gluten-free and vegan pumpkin almond butter breakfast cookies!In university, I worked my butt off. I never really saw the benefit in extracurriculars so I pretty much put all of my effort into studying. The irony is not lost on me that I ended up in a profession where my grades are completely useless…But I’m still pretty proud of my GPA.

I actually think I garnered somewhat of a reputation for my studying habits. 90% of the time I could be found either in the library or at a coffee shop, listening to my lectures (I got lucky and they were all recorded. GO MCGILL!) or writing my neurotically organized and colour-coded notes. I actually saved my old notebooks from every single class for a while there because I thought they looked so pretty!

Considering my schedule, I was pretty good about bringing food along and eating a relatively healthy diet (note: thank you Mom for stocking my freezer full of soups) though come final season all that went out the window. While most of my friends were living off of Timmy Ho’s bagels, I became a proud member of the Second Cup Breakfast Cookie club.

Pumpkin-Almond-butter-Breakfast-Cookie-2If you’re not familiar with Second Cup, it’s a Canadian chain of coffee shops that despite the stronghold Starbucks has on the market has managed to stay alive. I actually don’t have a preference between Second Cup and Starbucks, I only mention it because one of their shops was open 24 hours and that’s how I ended up becoming a member of the club.

As I said, extracurriculars weren’t my thing so I wouldn’t describe this “club” in the formal sense. It was more of a “grunt at each other at 4:30 AM as we crammed for our 3 hour final while chugging espresso and fuelling on breakfast cookies” kind of club. Yes, you read that correctly. I was studying at 4:30 AM.

Rain, shine or snowmaggedon (which is essentially everyday in Montreal), if I had a final I was up at 4:30 AM to study. For whatever reason I found a lot of peace and productivity at that time. Now, I would never describe myself as a morning person and I am certainly not waking up at that ungodly hour now but I took being a student VERY seriously so if it meant waking up at 4:30 AM to get myself a 4.0 you better bet I would do it.

Get your seasonal pumpkin fix with the nuttiness of almond butter in these delicious, gluten-free and vegan pumpkin almond butter breakfast cookies!As I read this I’m realizing that a) this work ethic has seemingly disappeared and I’m wondering where it’s gone, b) I kind of miss those breakfast cookies hence the Pumpkin Almond Butter version I am posting today and c) you must think I am bat-shit crazy.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a student, waking up at 4:30 AM or absolutely bonkers, you need these breakfast cookies in your life.


Pumpkin Almond Butter Breakfast Cookies

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 cookies 1x


  • 1 cup oat flour (ground rolled oats- gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice (I used my DIY Blend)
  • 2 T ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1/2 cup toppings e.g. chocolate chips, chopped almonds, dried coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  3. In a large bowl combine oat flour, rolled oats, baking soda, ground flax, pumpkin spice and salt. Mix well.
  4. In a separate bowl combine pumpkin, almond butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until well combined.
  6. Form dough into 10 medium sized balls, place on cookie sheet and then flatten with palm to form discs.
  7. Add toppings of choice and press into tops of cookies
  8. Bake for 20 minutes.
  9. Remove from cookie sheet and let cool on a wire rack.
  10. Will keep for several days in an airtight container or freeze for several months.

Get your seasonal pumpkin fix with the nuttiness of almond butter in these delicious, gluten-free and vegan pumpkin almond butter breakfast cookies!Were you a good student? What was your study fuel?


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  • Reply
    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    November 2, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Hi, D + L.

    That is all.

    Just kidding these look amazing and I hope you wake up at 4.30am to read this.

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    November 2, 2014 at 5:44 am

    I sort of feel like making these this morning maybe. I thought about baking so it may happen lol. I was a great student and always studied in the early morning vs. late at night. I used to bring a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with me to the library during my college years. Remember it like it was yesterday. Rumor has it that my college now has Red Mango on campus. Jealous.

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    Pip {Cherries & Chisme}
    November 2, 2014 at 6:28 am

    Oh finals! The joyous memories of studying at all hours of the day… I was so unhealthy during that time as well, cooking was an ‘inefficient use of study time’!!! But yes to the coffee shop work club, I’m trying to limit myself now I’m doing my masters but you can’t beat it – the best place to work 🙂

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    November 2, 2014 at 7:37 am

    I was a big nerd in college and I loved it. I had pleeeeenty of fun too, though, haha.

    Arman just sent me your ebook that I won and I’m so excited to read it!

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    November 2, 2014 at 8:20 am

    A 24 hour coffee shop is a brilliant idea… not that I’d be there at 4:00 or anything. 🙂 Love the look of these cookies and I’m always down for cookies for breakfast!

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    November 2, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I definitely relate to how “being a student” is what your good at. I sure hope that translates in the real world!
    My question is about the flaxseed. Does this contribute to the baking or is it more for added nutrition?

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    GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth
    November 2, 2014 at 9:55 am

    So my work ethic – school wise – sucks compared to yours. I don’t think there’s anything that could get me up at 4:30 am, except maybe a flight home so no way I’m waking up to study at 4:30. But, I was a lot more focused in high school and used to get up to study at 5 (30 mins makes a huge difference at that hour LOL)
    Also, Timmy Ho’s. Heh. I never heard that one before. Gonna say it all day.

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    Christine@ Apple of My Eye
    November 2, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Hah! I loved the story behind these cookies! I’m currently a biology student, so I know all too well those late night and early morning studying hours. Triple shot lattes are my best friend! Now to get my hands on some of these cookies so I can get that perfect sweet bite with every sip of coffee 😉

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    November 2, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Cookies for breakfast?! YES!

    I was always a really good student too. I’m a dork and was missing school after I finished college, but going to online nutrition school has sort of quenched that thirst for me this year 🙂

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    November 2, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I was a good student and also fortunate that a lot of school (even college & grad school) was easy for me. My go to study food was pizza, Diet Coke and peanut M&Ms – not one healthy thing in the mix but it got me through a lot of long nights.

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    Alicia K
    November 2, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    I am a morning person but I never got up at 4:30am to study. More like 6am. I remember having most of my homework done by the time my suite mates got up for brunch on the weekends. The morning is definitely still my most productive time of day. Also these cookies look so delicious!!

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    November 2, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I wish I was that strict and determined when it comes to study!! I’m such a lazy girl… But I’m super eager to change that because I HAVE to master that maths program! And get a great overall degree at the end, of course. I won’t get up at 4.30 but you’re still my inspiration now 😉

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    November 2, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Ah studying for exams. Is it wierd I actually miss it? Thank goodness I get to do it all again soon 🙂
    These cookies are making me miss going into Autumn. I should be loving this sunshine but I want to crawl into bed with cosies on, a cuppa and these cookies!

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    November 2, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    1) You’re my role model.
    2) I do want these cookies. Like, now.
    3) I’m reading this post about how studious you were as I procrastinate my homework…God is saying something to me through your blog?

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    November 2, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Ok I thought I was a crazy intense student, but I think you have me beat because I never woke up that early to study! I was actually pretty adamant about getting enough sleep and not studying late because being tired throws me off my game so much.

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    Tina muir
    November 3, 2014 at 7:25 am

    I love anything with almond butter, so these are a win for me! Although breakfast cookies scare me, as I don’t think I could stop! Sound delicious, and they may end up going down as 5 or 6, rather than 1 or 2! I do not think you are crazy….just for the record 🙂

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    Renee @ Bendiful Blog
    November 3, 2014 at 7:32 am

    College for me was a WHILE ago but I do remember being a library nerd. I love learning and it wasn’t just about good grades I literally couldn’t pull myself from learning. Luckily blogging is a lesson everyday so while I’m not up early to study I’m still learning everyday. This recipe looks perfect for fall.

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    Em @ Love A Latte
    November 3, 2014 at 8:06 am

    You totally remind me of my best friend in college. I was a good student but I did the minimum work to get by at an A to B grade point average. I wish I had cared to work a bit harder! I was too focused on other things. I was known for being at Starbucks all the time spending $ I didn’t really have on those lattes. Good times though! These cookies look amazing. Ok stupid question: can I use store bought oat flour interchangeably with grinding oats? Is there any difference? Thanks!

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    November 3, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I firmly believe that 99% of coffee shops would be out of business if not for procrastinating college students. Good for you .. contributing to the cause 😉

    p.s. that AB swirrrrrrl! <3

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    November 3, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Hahaha, you are crazy in the best possible way. And I don’t believe for a second that your work ethic has gone away! What do you call starting a business from scratch and making it profitable in less than a year? I’ll let you answer that one. xo 😉

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    Jordan @ The Balanced Blonde
    November 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Ohhh my goodness there are SO many of my favorite things in this recipe. Oats, flax, pumpkin, almond butter… the overall cookie-ness of them 🙂 also, envisioning your neurotically organized and colour-coded notes just made me smile and love you 10 times more because we kiiinda sound like the same person. Need to make these ASAP!

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    November 3, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    It makes my heart all sorts of happy to see AB instead of PB in these cookies <3 And the irony of my life is that I didn't become a morning person until AFTER college… All I can say is thank goodness for coffee…

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    November 3, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    ummmmm I die. These seriously look and sound SO incredibly good! Although everything you make seems to look and sound incredibly good. I think its just you 😉

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    Nicole @ Waterloo, with Love
    November 3, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Your photography is out of this world amazing! 🙂 I use to wake up everyday at 4am to catch a bus to get to work to make int time for 7:30 (+3hour commute each way)… where were these cookies then?! Hahaha — oh well, never to late the enjoy these delicious looking cookies! 🙂

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    Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
    November 3, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    YES to cookies for breakfast 😉 I mean, it’s a perfect grab & go option!

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    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
    November 3, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    But your hard work and focus in college is how you have become so successful in this career my dear! Without that focus and dedication to work to a goal, you would not have your success!

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    November 9, 2014 at 2:37 am

    I would take like 20+ hours of courses but I don’t know if I would say I was a good student. I would slack off and never study. Routinely would go out the night before an exam instead of studying. Are you surprised?

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    athletic avocado
    November 10, 2014 at 7:22 am

    oh my! These look wonderful!

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