Pumpkin & Berries & Seeds Oh My!

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I woke up this morning with more energy than normal.  For me, that's crazy right? How can I have more energy, haha! Well this morning I got up with some pep in my step and wanted to do something different; start the morning with some baking! 

I love the smell of anything cooking in the oven! Whether its veggies roasting or granola bars baking, there is something so "homey" about a warm oven and a mixing bowl!  

I've been really focusing on my diet recently.  I've always been a pretty healthy eater, but portion control is one thing I struggle with.  I may be a slow eater, but damn if I can't eat a house! I've been trying to balance out my portions better but also have been trying to have a more rounded diet by trying to get in a little bit of everything each day.  After a protein filled day yesterday (mainly for the workout I was doing) I woke up today wanting something warm and filled with good carbs! 

While Adam was rushing around getting ready to leave for work, I was mixing up a batch of pumpkin breakfast "cookies!" I felt so bad I didn't get cooking earlier so he could enjoy one, but I'll likely toast one up for him this evening as a healthy dessert option after dinner! 

These cookies are so yummy, filled with goodness and perfect for anyone looking to have a healthy, naturally sweet treat! 

They are super easy to make and only take about 30 minutes total to prep and bake!  You can add all kinds of variations with these cookies too. Maybe add dark chocolate chips, almonds, shaved organic coconut or apple chunks! I know I'm definitely going to play around with these for sure! The best part: they keep well and hold their moisture so they are nice and fresh every time you open up your glass food container! 

If you're wanting a wholesome, healthy treat, follow this recipe to make your own pumpkin cookies!  Side note: they are wonderful topped with a little peanut or almond butter! Perfecto! 

Ingredients: 

1/4 cup organic coconut oil
1/4 cup local honey
2 cups organic oats
2/3 cup dried cranberries (or whatever you wanna add) 
2/3 cup sunflower seeds (or whatever nut or seed you want to add. Pumpkin seeds would be ideal, but I was out! )
1/4 cup ground flaxseed (I used my coffee grinder)
1 teaspoon Cinnamon (or any other spices you see fit -- pumpkin spice would be good for these!)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 beaten eggs

- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
- In a small bowl, mix together your honey and coconut oil.  After mixing, heat in the microwave to melt. 
- In a larger bowl, combine the oats, cranberries, sunflower seeds, flaxseed cinnamon and sea salt. 
- Add in the pumpkin puree, eggs and the melted coconut honey mixture.
- Scoop out small rounds of the mixture and flatten on a lined cookie sheet.  

**Keep in mind -- the cranberries make the mixture somewhat hard to stick together, so less berries or chopping the berries in half can be handy or add a scoop of peanut or almond butter to the mixture!** 

- Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.  Take them out and remove them from the baking sheet so they don't continue to cook.  

Wa-la! You have yourself a healthy cookie to be eaten for breakfast or dessert! 

I hope you enjoy these little morsels as much as I did this morning!

Have a wonderful day and as always, breathe well! 

xoxo

-K