Healthy Breakfast Cookies & the Benefits of Breakfast

Even if you aren’t a “breakfast person”, these healthy breakfast cookies will be your new favorite morning meal! 

Healthy Breakfast Cookies (and the benefits of eating breakfast) | read more at happilythehicks.comBreakfast has always been and will always be my favorite meal of the day. I love everything about it, from the waffles and pancakes to the sausage and bacon and the cinnamon rolls and breakfast burritos. I have never struggled to eat breakfast in the morning, and can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve skipped it in my life. I just can’t start my day without eating something! I partly blame my mom and schooling for this (“the best way to start your day is by eating a healthy breakfast!”), but now it’s because I know that my body needs it. Did you know how important it is to eat breakfast? Check out these facts:

  1. It can help lower your risk to developing type 2 diabetes
    When you eat breakfast, it actually helps regulate your blood glucose levels. Your glucose levels fluctuate naturally throughout the day, but over the course of the night it drops the most. When you eat breakfast first thing in the morning, you can avoid the more dramatic fluctuation that is not good for you. And studies have shown that when there is less fluctuation, you are less likely to develop diabetes later on in life. 
  2. It helps you get active
    Even though they are consuming more calories throughout the day, those who eat breakfast are usually more active than those who don’t, which helps them maintain a healthy weight. This may be due to the fact that the food gives them the energy boost (by elevating your blood glucose level) that they need to get up and be active, or that it simply helps them regulate their energy levels throughout the day. 
  3. Can make you smarter ; )
    While this may not be 100% true, studies have shown that children who eat a healthy breakfast perform better in school than those who don’t. It’s also great for adults, because it helps their memory, attention, ability to process information, creativity, learning abilities and so much more. So eat breakfast, because it essentially makes you smarter!
  4. Helps you maintain a healthy weight
    This is a claim that is still being researched. However, many studies have found that those who ate breakfast were also at a less likely to become obese. It is more of an observational finding, but when dieting obese people ate a larger breakfast and smaller dinner, they were able to lose more weight than those who did the opposite. I believe this is because those who skip a meal tend to eat more calories throughout the rest of the day than those who didn’t. 
  5. Speeds up your metabolism
    Uhh yes please! When you fast (as in the time between dinner and breakfast), your metabolism slows down. But when you eat a healthy breakfast, it kickstarts your metabolism, and you begin burning calories first thing. 
  6. Helps prevent your body from entering “survival mode”
    When you don’t eat for an extended period of time, your body begins to go into “survival mode”. This means it starts storing calories as fat, because it doesn’t know when the next meal will be. When you eat breakfast, your body can use those calories for energy, and you will be doing yourself a huge favor, both physically and mentally as you start your day.
  7. Can help you portion out your meals throughout the day
    When you skip a meal, you are more likely to indulge in the following meals, which means you could end up eating more calories than if you had simply eaten breakfast in the first place. When you have a morning meal, you will be less likely to needlessly snack or binge eat later on. 

Healthy Breakfast Cookies (and the benefits of eating breakfast) | read more at happilythehicks.com

So in the spirit of breakfast, I decided to whip up these delicious breakfast cookies that you will love! I am all about easy recipes, and this is no exception. Best of all, you can meal prep these cookies on Sunday, meaning you can have a nutritious and delicious breakfast every day of the week in less than a minute. Score!
When coming up with this recipe, I wanted to keep in mind all of the things our bodies need in order to maintain a healthy glucose level and to stay fuller longer. These cookies are packed with healthy grains, protein, fiber and fats that your body (and taste buds) will love. I added some pumpkin (of course!), pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, wheat germ, coconut oil and so much more. Trust me when I say these are a game changer when it comes to eating breakfast!

Healthy Breakfast Cookies (and the benefits of eating breakfast) | read more at happilythehicks.com

Are you a breakfast person? If so, what is your favorite meal to make in the mornings?

Healthy Breakfast Cookies (and the benefits of eating breakfast) | read more at happilythehicks.com

Healthy Breakfast Cookies

Healthy Breakfast Cookies
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A delicious and healthy way to start your day with a breakfast you will love!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups oats
  2. 1/2 cup protein powder (I used vanilla Perfect Fit)
  3. 1/4 cups chopped pecans
  4. 1/2 cup cranberries
  5. 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  6. 1/4 cup wheat germ
  7. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  8. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  9. 1 tsp salt
  10. 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  11. 2 tsp cinnamon
  12. 2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips
  13. 1 can pumpkin
  14. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  15. 1 tsp vanilla
  16. 1 egg
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Line a cookie pan with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. In a small bowl, mix together the wet ingredients.
  4. Slowly mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  5. Using a 1 inch cookie scoop, drop the dough on the sheet with 1-2 inches in between the cookies. Flatten the dough with the bottom of a cup.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes, or until firm.
  7. Remove from oven, cool on the pan for 2 minutes, then finish cooling on a cooling rack.
  8. Refrigerate for up to a week, and warm for 15 seconds in the morning for breakfast!
  9. Freeze cookies for up to 2 months!
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References:
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2014/10/why-eating-the-right-breakfast-is-so-important/index.htm
http://www.symptomfind.com/nutrition-supplements/benefits-of-eating-breakfast/

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  1. Kiara Catanzaro

    November 2nd, 2016 at 6:29 am

    I’m always looking for simple and easy breakfast ideas! These cookies sound so great to have when I don’t feel like making something in the morning! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 4th, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    They are such a great way to prep breakfast on the weekend for the week. Thanks for stopping by, Kiara.

  3. Candy Kage

    November 2nd, 2016 at 6:38 am

    All your reasons for eating healthy are right to the point. Really all I have to say is here would you like a cookie for breakfast and I win.

  4. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 4th, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Thank you, Candy! And I know, right? Breakfast + Cookie = Winner Winner

  5. Amber Marie Werner

    November 2nd, 2016 at 7:36 am

    I am a huge breakfast person too. This is so perfect for busy people on the go like me! Need to try this recipe.

    Xoxo

  6. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 4th, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    You should! This recipe is SO good, and perfect for breakfast on the go.

  7. Shelly

    November 2nd, 2016 at 7:58 am

    These look delicious! I cannot function without breakfast…and cookies, healthy ones at that? Yes, please! I pinned. Thank you!

  8. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 4th, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Thanks for pinning! These cookies are so good.

  9. Dawn

    November 2nd, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Hooray for breakfast! It’s definitely the most important and satisfying meal of he day, I cannot imagine going without it. These are a great option for busy mornings and even for snacks! I can’t do wheat though, any ideas what I could use instead?

  10. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 4th, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    For real, right?! Breakfast is THE BEST. And you could substitute the oats for almond flour, or even cooked quinoa. It would be delicious either way!

  11. Sarah Jean

    November 2nd, 2016 at 8:32 am

    I can’t live without breakfast either and typically make eggs everyday. However, these look way more delicious :). I actually made something similar recently with just pumpkin, oats, banana, and pumpkin pie spices but yours sound better.

  12. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 4th, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Oooh a banana would be perfect in this cookie, too! I should try that soon. And I love making egg toast in the mornings when I’m wanting something salty. SO good!

  13. Jessica Bradshaw

    November 2nd, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Yes please!! I will take a few. They would make great morning snacks too! :) YUM!

  14. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 4th, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    That’s what I used them for this week, and they were perfect! So yummy and filling.

  15. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    November 2nd, 2016 at 8:57 am

    When you call them breakfast “cookies” 90% more people will wind up eating breakfast – LOL!

  16. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 4th, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    But really, though, right?! “You had me at cookies” haha.

  17. Bridget@Antics of a NuttyHiker

    November 2nd, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Oh I am going to need to try these!

  18. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 4th, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    You should!! They are so good!

  19. Jessica Hughes

    November 2nd, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Yum! These look so delicious, a great recipe for breakfast!

  20. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 4th, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    They are! I love that they have so many healthy ingredients in them that your body needs.

  21. Katie Arnold

    November 2nd, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Those look so delicious! They’d be great for breakfast on the go for those extra busy mornings!

  22. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 4th, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    So true! They were a great way to get in a nutritious morning snack this week!

  23. Liz Hagan

    November 2nd, 2016 at 11:27 am

    I’m a total breakfast person but weekdays are rough trying to get out the door. Something like this is perfect, grab and go!

  24. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 4th, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    I agree!! These are the perfect meal to prep on the weekend for weekday mornings. You should give them a try!

  25. Chrissy Z.

    November 2nd, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Mmh, these look so good! I will definitely try them! Thank you!

  26. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 4th, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    Thanks for stopping by! I know you will love them. :)

  27. Paige Strand

    November 2nd, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Saving this recipe on the weekend!

  28. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 4th, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Awesome!! Let me know how they turn out. :)

  29. Abby Fereday

    November 2nd, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    So many good reminders to eat a good breakfast. I need to get better about this… my mornings are hectic, and my breakfast is the first thing to suffer as a result! I’m definitely trying out this recipe!

  30. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 4th, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    You should definitely try out this recipe! It’s perfect for hectic mornings when you don’t have time to make breakfast.

  31. Shannon Brown | Endless May

    November 2nd, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Okay wow I freaking love cookies so this is awesome!!! Thanks for the recipe. And I agree, breakfast is so important–I never miss it!

  32. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 4th, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    I’m glad you are with me! You should give this recipe a try- I promise you’ll love it.

  33. Neely

    November 2nd, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    You had me at cookie. For sure trying these!

  34. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 4th, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    Yes!! Cookies for breakfast? Yes please.

  35. Ryan | A Polished Palate

    November 2nd, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    I can’t start my day without breakfast.These cookies look delicious!

  36. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 4th, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    I can’t either! I need my 5 meals a day (yes, you read right- 5), and these are perfect for breakfast or a morning snack.

  37. Kylee Mathie

    November 2nd, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    I am totally a breakfast person. I always default to a good protein smoothie but I like the idea of switching it up. Ill have to try these “cookies” out. Thanks for sharing!

  38. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 4th, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    I LOVE protein smoothies in the morning! Especially after going on a run. These cookies are a great way to mix it up or enjoy a nutritious morning snack.

  39. lovelyluckylife

    November 2nd, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    These breakfast cookies look amazing! And I think my kids would actually eat them – pinning these for later :)

  40. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 4th, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    oooh I’d love to hear what your kids think about it! Let me know how it turns out!

  41. Laura

    November 3rd, 2016 at 8:16 am

    This is a great post! And a good argument for breakfast. I’ve actually been looking for a breakfast cookie recipe. I’ll be saving this and trying it out soon!

  42. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 4th, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Awesome! Let me know how they turn out. :)

  43. Adriana

    November 3rd, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    These look so good! I’ve never been a big breakfast eater but I love that these are easy to have quickly and I love the idea of a cookie in the morning!

  44. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 4th, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Yes! The cookies make it so easy to eat breakfast. You should give them a try.

  45. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 4th, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    I know, right?! I’d eat cookies for breakfast every day if I could haha.

  46. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 4th, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    You should definitely give them a try! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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