Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast Cookies {The Reluctant Hippie}

Artist Jen Evans is gifted on so many levels. Check out one of my favorite paintings of hers:

"Are We - Are We Safe In Here? I Doubt It" Copyright Jen Evans

“Are We – Are We Safe In Here? I Doubt It”
Copyright Jen Evans

In addition to her extraordinary paintings, Jen’s brilliance shines in her smile, her writing, her fun ideas, and her culinary creations. She whipped up these cookies on a whim for a brunch recently, and they were so delicious that I forced her to recount the ingredients and the process so that I could make a decent copy of them.

There are lots of things to love about the ingredients list: lots of fiber, quality vegetarian proteins, and only a touch of refined sugar (you could substitute cacao nibs if you want to make this completely devoid of refined sugar). Hemp seeds add magnesium, omegas, protein, and a delightful crunch.

I would have no qualms about giving these to my kids for a grab ‘n go breakfast on a morning when we’re pressed for time. I’m pretty sure the kids would be fine with this plan, too.


  • 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 cup dates, tightly packed
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup hemp seeds
  • 2/3 cup walnuts (optional)


  1. Combine oats, flour, salt and baking soda in a large bowl.
  2. In a blender, process the coconut oil, dates, vanilla, and eggs to puree the dates a bit.
  3. Mix wet and dry ingredients, then fold in chocolate chips, hemp seeds, and walnuts.
  4. Drop onto a cookie sheet in globs that are a little smaller than golf balls. Gently press each ball into a disk about 1/2 inch high.
  5. Bake 10 minutes at 350┬║.

2 thoughts on “Breakfast Cookies

  1. Seriously you read my mind. I’ve been looking for a decent to go breakfast! Can’t wait to try these. Although I’ve never used hemp seed. It sounds like it shouldn’t be legal….

  2. The first time I tried to make these I bought the hemp seeds but forgot the dates. So I made these instead:

    They were super yummy and I’d make them again.

    I bought some dates this week and went to go make this recipe. Turns out you need refrigerate hemp seeds once the package is opened. So I tossed the hemp seeds but just threw in flax seed meal. Not as protein packed but still good. They were great!! And I’ve got a bag full of cookies in the freezer and I grab a few on mornings we are running out the door with no time for mom to eat!

    If I ever make the actual recipe, I’ll let you know!!

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