Chocolate Chip Pistachio Breakfast Cookies

by jenna on May 23, 2013

Well, you guys. This is it. I’m off to go get married!

It feels surreal that the day has finally come. When I get back, I’ll be twenty eight and married {we get home on my birthday!}. I guess that makes me an official grown up? Weird. It feels like a whole new beginning in my life, one that I am undeniably excited and ready for!

Like I said last week, I’m powering down now but can’t wait to share all the photos and details of our big day and honeymoon with you guys when we return in June. Now what usually happens when I travel is that my Type A personality drives me to work on overdrive for weeks prior to the trip, storing up enough recipe posts to get us through until I return. This time it’s a little different. I had to let go of all that because, quite honestly, I just didn’t have enough time this go around. Between my job here, my volunteer job, Noonday and wedding planning, there literally hasn’t been an extra hour in my day for months. But that’s okay. I let go of the mentality that I have to do it all and instead, have done what I can and now just am going to go enjoy the moment. Can someone say vacation honeymoon?

So all that being said, I felt like I had to leave y’all with one last REALLY GOOD recipe.

These breakfast cookies are awesome. They’re hearty and full of good-for-you things like oats, flax and chocolate. Did I mention they are vegan? Well they are. And, since they are so substantial, they travel very well. Perfect for road trips or general weekend shenanigans. They’re also very low in fat if you’re into that sort of thing. I can’t get enough!

That’s about it, friends!! If you’re dying for recipes while I’m gone, check out PBS Food every Thursday — they’ll be something special for you guys there. I’ll talk to y’all when I’m a newlywed! You guys have seen me pretty much through all major life events, good and bad, and I’m really excited to share my special day with everyone when I return. Adam and I have waited a really long time for this day and feel immensely blessed.

Chocolate Chip Pistachio Breakfast Cookies

makes about 8 large cookies

Print this recipe!


1 cup old fashioned oats

2/3 cup all purpose flour

1/4 cup ground flax

2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

2 tbsp pure maple syrup

3 tbsp unsweetened applesauce

1/3 cup sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup pistachios (or other nut of choice)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a sheet tray with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix together the oats, flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cinnamon. In another bowl, whisk together the applesauce, maple syrup, melted coconut oil and ground flax. Add to the dry ingredients — mixture might appear dry and that’s okay. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.

Form large golf ball sized balls of dough and flatten on your prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes and then let cool for 10 minutes before transferring from the baking sheet.


30 minutes

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance May 23, 2013 at 2:17 am

A student of mine once made pistachio cookies for me, and I’ve never forgotten it. They were amazing! I like pistachios, but had never though of adding them to cookies. Love this healthy cookie recipe–thanks!


Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope May 23, 2013 at 2:36 am

Congratulations and good luck! Can’t wait to see all the pictures! 🙂

Love this recipe – I rarely bake with pistachios and what a great way to incorporate them!


Becky @ Olives n Wine May 23, 2013 at 3:39 am

Congratulations!! I can’t wait to read all about it when you return 🙂


Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 23, 2013 at 3:46 am

Those look amazing!! Meanwhile, go get MARRIED and have a fan-freaking-tastic honeymoon! 🙂


Kristen @ Change of Pace May 23, 2013 at 4:00 am

Congratulations Jenna! I cannot wait to see pictures!!!! 🙂


Emily @ The Swallow Flies May 23, 2013 at 4:09 am

Congratulations! I cannot wait to hear all about it!


Danielle May 23, 2013 at 4:21 am

Congratulations, Jenna! I am so, so happy for all your contentment with where you are and who you’re with right now. I look forward to familiarizing myself with that state of being in the near future 🙂 xo


Anne May 23, 2013 at 4:29 am

Oh my goodness gracious, congratulations Jenna! Wishing you and Adam all of the happiness in the world!


DessertForTwo May 23, 2013 at 4:33 am

Jenna Jenna Jenna! Our hearts are with you so much right now!

Have a wonderful fabulous amazing time, and we’ll be here when you return!

Blessings! xo


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 23, 2013 at 4:39 am

Congrats!! Have the best weekend, you deserve all the happiness in the world!


Joelle (on a pink typewriter) May 23, 2013 at 4:48 am

These cookies sound ground! And holy moly – congrats on the wedding!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 23, 2013 at 4:53 am

Ahhhh good luck Jenna!! I know it will be beautiful from start to finish. Congratulations to you and Adam on this huge milestone. I can’t wait to see photos, and in the meantime, we’ll all just sit here and eat cookies! 😉


Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy May 23, 2013 at 4:57 am

Have a wonderful wedding and an even better honeymoon! I celebrated my birthday on my honeymoon also — I loved it :)!


Gina G May 23, 2013 at 4:58 am

Jenna I honestly cannot tell you how excited and happy I’m for you and Adam!!!! Congrats (in advance) to you both!!! Have the most amazing time!! 🙂 xo


Elisabeth May 23, 2013 at 5:01 am

Congratulations to you & Adam! I can’t wait to hear/read/see all about it when you come back 😀


Bree May 23, 2013 at 5:03 am

Hi Jenna,
Congratulations! Enjoy every moment and don’t stress about anything 🙂 Looking forward to your recap!


Averie @ Averie Cooks May 23, 2013 at 5:07 am

CONGRATS and wooooo-hooooo! It’s almost time for Here Comes The Bride….!

So excited for you, Jenna! Enjoy your day, your honeymoon, and I hope it’s as magical as you deserve it to be!

Love the cookies, too. Last week I made a vegan, GF, totally healthy cookie without any sugar, oil, etc. It was so unlike me 🙂 But they were really good. Yours look fab!


Colleen May 23, 2013 at 5:07 am

“It is a wonderful night,” Almanzo said.”It is a beautiful world,” Laura answered, and in memory she heard the voice of Pa’s fiddle and the echo of a song,”Golden years are passing by, these happy, golden years.’

Much love to you Jenna on your marriage to your Almanzo. So glad you found him.


Molly @ RDexposed May 23, 2013 at 5:09 am

Congrats and enjoy your day. I’d really like to see pictures of Dexter as ring bearer.


Molly May 23, 2013 at 5:09 am

Congratulations, Jenna!


Amy Walters, A DESIGN DOCK May 23, 2013 at 5:20 am

A big congratulations, in advance! Wishing you the most special day and weeks and months ahead as you marry Adam and enter into a new life together as husband and wife. So excited for you and looking forward to the re-cap upon your return.

Breakfast cookies?! Love it more than words can express. Looking forward to trying these out while you’re away. Cheers, Jenna!


Tieghan May 23, 2013 at 5:27 am

Is it really here?? I can not believe!! I am so happy/excited/anxious for you!! I hope everything goes smoothly (It will!) and you have the very best wedding ever and have an awesome honeymoon!

Oh an I love the cookies, but that’s a given!


Cookin Canuck May 23, 2013 at 5:32 am

Congratulations, Jenna! I’m so excited for you! Enjoy every moment and try to step back occasionally just to soak in the atmosphere of your wedding.

These breakfast cookies look like the perfect thing to have on hand for busy mornings or afternoon snacks.


Laura May 23, 2013 at 5:34 am

I hope you have an amazing day! Just remember not to stress the small stuff on the big day that may go wrong-at that point you can’t change it and no besides you will probably notice if something isn’t exactly as you had planned!

Maybe you can pop in right after the wedding with just one quick picture of you in your wedding dress?? I’d love to see how gogeous you will look! 🙂


Caitlyn @ City and the Cubicle May 23, 2013 at 5:44 am

these do sound great. ah, have the most incredible time, congrats, happy bday! can’t wait to see pics i’m sure it will all be flawless. all the best, lady!


Brigid May 23, 2013 at 5:59 am

Best Wishes Jenna! Enjoy your day (I’m certain you will) and safe travels!!!


Shannon D'J May 23, 2013 at 6:08 am

Congratulations, Jenna! Soak up and enjoy every moment of the last minute preparations, the wedding, the reception, and most of all, the honeymoon. I everything goes smoothly and that you and Adam have a blast!


Jen May 23, 2013 at 6:13 am

These look delicious! I hope you enjoy your wedding and honeymoon! Glad you are taking time to relax.


pippa@popovertopippas May 23, 2013 at 6:32 am

Have a wonderful wedding and honeymoon, I can’t wait to see the pictures!


Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen May 23, 2013 at 6:34 am

Good luck and congratulations! There’s nothing like your wedding day.


Heather May 23, 2013 at 6:49 am

AH! I can’t believe it’s already here! You guys are going to have the best time – the wedding, the honeymoon, and most importantly the MARRIAGE 🙂


Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic May 23, 2013 at 6:51 am

Congratulations and best wishes, Jenna! These cookies are a great send-off recipe! 🙂


Ilana May 23, 2013 at 6:58 am

Congratulations. I look forward to reading all about your wedding and Paris honeymoon when you get back.


Meg Jones | The Spatularettes May 23, 2013 at 7:03 am

Congrats Jenna! Enjoy every moment, you deserve it. I’ve loved watching your story unfold, and no worries… we’ll all still be here when you get back!


Laura @ Live, Run Sparkle May 23, 2013 at 7:13 am

Congratulations & good luck on your wedding!! I remember your post when he proposed and it was so sweet, can’t believe the big day is here! 🙂


Lizzie May 23, 2013 at 7:17 am

HOORAY!!!!! Congrats and good luck!!! I’ll be praying for you on the big day that it is perfect! (but I’m sure it will be!)


sillygirl May 23, 2013 at 7:32 am

This post made me cry with happiness for you!!!!


Lauren @ The Highlands Life May 23, 2013 at 7:34 am

Hooray for your last cookie recipe (or posted recipe for that matter) as a single lady! Congratulations in advance. Marriage is just a blessing day after day. The Lord is so good to give us this covenant relationship!


Lea May 23, 2013 at 7:48 am

I think we can forgive you for giving yourself some slack. As you’ve been getting more and more excited it makes me really nostalgic for that time in my life 2 years ago.
It really does go too fast. Soak up every minute and congrats!
Blessings to you and your future husband!


Malkire May 23, 2013 at 8:14 am

Congratulations. I hope you have an amazing day to celebrate your love.


Luv What You Do May 23, 2013 at 8:19 am

I love cookies for breakfast!
The addition of pistachios is genius!


Stacey I May 23, 2013 at 8:32 am

Have a WONDERFUL wedding & honeymoon!! It is your special day, one you will remember forever! Cannot wait to see pics when you get back 🙂


Caroline L. May 23, 2013 at 8:47 am

Go get married!!!! Woohooooo!


Jenna | je na sais quoi May 23, 2013 at 8:58 am

Congratulations Jenna!! Enjoy every minute – we’ll all be anxiously waiting your return and your photos!!


Addy @ Six Kick Switch May 23, 2013 at 8:59 am

Congratulations Jenna! So excited for you. Have a beautiful day, and happy birthday! Thanks for the awesome recipe, too 🙂


erin @hooleywithaz May 23, 2013 at 9:04 am

enjoy your wedding and honeymoon! relish this time, it is once in a lifetime, and so wonderful. but you know that… 🙂 congrats!


Sarah @ Yogi in Action May 23, 2013 at 9:20 am

Happy early wedding! Thanks for leaving one final recipe- and definitely sounds like a great one.

Have a great wedding day and honeymoon! Can’t wait to hear all about it in June 🙂


Lisa May 23, 2013 at 9:41 am

Have a great time! Looking forward to the pictures. We’ll be waiting for you when you get back.


Stacey May 23, 2013 at 9:45 am

Congratulations! I can’t wait to hear all about it when you get back! Praying for a wonderful wedding weekend and a lifetime of happiness for y’all!


Emily @ Life on Food May 23, 2013 at 9:57 am

Breakfast that is a cookie – with chocolate. Yes please. And then a few more. Have a great time and enjoy every single second!


Kacie May 23, 2013 at 10:37 am

Great recipe! Do you think I could sub mashed bananas for the applesauce?
Many blessings and much peace to you and your soon-to-be husband as you embark on your lifelong journey together!


Megan @ Megan's Miles May 23, 2013 at 10:47 am

Congratulations, Jenna! Can’t wait to see pictures and read about the food (both at your wedding and your honeymoon). I hope you eat tons of crepes with Nutella!

And these breakfast cookies sound fabulous!


Suzanne de Cornelia May 23, 2013 at 11:00 am

The only day that will ever top your wedding day is when your child is born. There is nothing material in the world that can ever top either. ENJOY your GREATEST DAY! Godspeed!


Claudia May 23, 2013 at 12:26 pm

So exciting! I hope your day is full of memory-making good times! All the best to you and Adam…. <3


Dunja May 23, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Hello Jenna! Have a great time on Saturday! I wish you and Adam all the best. And I am really looking forward for all the details from the wedding and the honeymoon.
All the best wishes from Switzerland!


M.C. @ThousandStoryKitchen May 23, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Best of luck to you! It is really a wonderful thing to be able to let go for awhile. I know you’ll have a wonderful time. These breakfast cookies look amazing…any time “cookies” and “breakfast” are put together in a recipe, it has to be good.


Olivia May 23, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Congrats to you & Adam! Best wishes to you both.


Lisa May 23, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Oh Jenna, I am so so so happy for you. Reading this post brought back all those wonderful memories I had eight months ago before I got married.

Have a wonderful wedding and I’m sure so many people have told you this, but stop every now and then while everything is happening and take a moment to soak it all in. It goes by so fast but it is so magical.

I hope you have a wonderful and safe honeymoon!



Liz @ Tip Top Shape May 23, 2013 at 2:14 pm

You enjoy your special day and honeymoon and don’t worry a bit about not having posts up. We’ll all be here when you get back 🙂

Congratulations in advance to you and Adam!


Dana May 23, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Yay!! Congrats again!! Have an amazing couple weeks and happy birthday!!


Caroline H May 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm

All the best; have a great wedding and honeymoon and birthday as well!!!


meghan @ struggle muffins May 23, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Congrats and Happy B-day! Never thought to bake with pistachios buutttt since my tastebuds do a lil happy dance every time I eat them, I think I’ll have to give this recipe a try.


Zainab| Blahnik Baker May 23, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Congratulations and have fun at your honeymoon! Don’t worry, we will be here when you return.


Julianna @ Julianna Bananna May 23, 2013 at 4:29 pm

i can’t wait to read about your wedding! so excited for you 🙂

and those cookies look absolutely delicious, as do all of your recipes!


Casey May 23, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Congrats to you and Adam! I’m so happy for you that you found your Almanzo (and he found you). I hope your wedding and honeymoon are everything you ever dreamed them to be. I can already tell this next chapter in your life is going to be amazing. xx


Louise May 23, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Best wishes to you and Adam as you begin your lives together! Watching the two of you over the last year or so, I think you’ve laid a great foundation for a very happy marriage. Remember “don’t sweat the small stuff” and “kindness trumps everything.”


Nik May 23, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Congrats on getting married! Happy Birthday too! And thanks for sharing this recipe, I love the idea of breakfast cookies, especially because they have pistachios in them. 🙂


Taylor @ greens & chocolate May 24, 2013 at 4:09 am

Ahhhh so exciting!! Savor each and every moment of your day…there is nothing better than being surrounded by all of your close family and friends, and most importantly the love of your life!! Congratulations!


Jenna May 24, 2013 at 6:18 am

I am catching up on your latest posts and share in the same excitement because I get married in 3 weeks!! Such an exciting time!

Best wishes to you and Adam! Enjoy some relaxation and some “me (both of you)” time!


Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen May 24, 2013 at 6:47 am

Have an amazing wedding and honeymoon!


Nicole D. May 24, 2013 at 6:51 am

Congrats Jenna! Wishing you and Adam a fabulous day and looking forward to reading about your special day 🙂


Jen May 24, 2013 at 7:35 am

Congratulations Jenna!
Have a wonderful wedding tomorrow and honeymoon.
We’ll all be here when you get back.


Charlotte Marie May 24, 2013 at 11:49 am

I hope your wedding and honeymoon are absolutely wonderful! We are going to Paris in the fall, so I can’t wait to hear your recs for that city. Enjoy every moment!!!


Kari@Loaves n Dishes May 24, 2013 at 2:32 pm

So exciting Jenna! Hope y’all have a blessed day and a really fun honey moon…and thanks for making it okay to eat cookies for breakfast!


Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl May 24, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Yum!! I love pistachios!!


Pam May 24, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Three great things to remember in marriage: Pursue oneness. Expect the best but accept the worst. It’s worth the effort. There ya go! My husband and I heard this from a minister officiating at his daughter’s wedding and it really has helped! Congrats and God bless you both!


Jenna May 24, 2013 at 8:14 pm

I made these cookies tonight in order to have some yummy breakfast treats before kayaking tomorrow – couldn’t help but eat two tonight! They are SO good. The pistachios are really a nice touch. Thanks for the recipe!


Lisa May 25, 2013 at 3:56 am

I am so excited for you! Best wishes. Enjoy every amazing second!


jan May 25, 2013 at 7:18 am

Breakfast + cookie? Yes please!


Laurel May 25, 2013 at 9:07 am

Enjoy every moment!! Congrats, Jenna!! Best wishes for a beautiful day and wonderful European honeymoon!!


Makenzie Ann May 25, 2013 at 9:10 am

YAY Jenna!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope you have an amazing wedding and honeymoon 🙂 I can’t wait to hear about it. COngratulations and enjoy 🙂


Kris @kmulkey007 May 25, 2013 at 10:23 pm

I started reading your blog during the murphy-goode days. It’s been fun watching you grow up. So excited for you and Adam. Congrats and best wishes.


Laurie {SimplyScratch} May 26, 2013 at 9:09 am

Oh Jenna! I bet your wedding was fantastic and from the pic I saw on Insta I love your dress!! Enjoy the moment girl… you deserve it! Xo


Jessie May 26, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Congrats to the Mr & Mrs ! Have a safe & wonderful trip !


Miss Kim @ behgopa May 26, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Congrats on the wedding and Happy Birthday! You will be celebrating your wedding anniversary and birthday around the same time every year forever…double the celebration every May!

Cookies for breakfast…that’s like my childhood dream lol.


dixya|food, pleasure, and health May 27, 2013 at 5:56 am

have a wonderful time <3 cant wait to hear all about it. Pinned this recipe because it sounds too good not to make it


Frajes May 27, 2013 at 11:40 am

Congrats Jenna! I like these cookies already just by their look.


Cait's Plate May 28, 2013 at 5:29 am

So exciting Jenna! I love to see you so happy – you completely and totally deserve it! Enjoy the weekend and the honeymoon!!


Jaren @ Kiwi Fit Blog May 28, 2013 at 6:02 am

Enjoy every moment!

Hmmmm cookies.


Kathi May 28, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Congratulations!! Can’t wait to see the pictures, and read all about the details for your special day. Your love story is so sweet, the best is yet to come. 😉


Mags May 28, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Yummy… pistachio is my favorite nut. Chocolate chip my favorite cookie. I am psyched. I can’t wait to try this out. Thank you for posting this!


Laura@ Fit Running Mama May 29, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Amazing and who doesn’t want cookies for breakfast- hope you are enjoying every second of your honeymoon!


The Healthy Apple May 30, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Congrats; SO excited for you!!!!


Judy June 3, 2013 at 10:59 am

looking really delicious,,,, would like to see more recipies of such kind.


Beauty Health Goddess June 4, 2013 at 9:30 am

Oh my goodness!!!
This looks absolutely delectable. Mouth watering.

I’m excited to try out this recipe. Pistaschios will be a great addition. Thanks for the post <3


Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen June 5, 2013 at 6:03 am

You had me at ‘breakfast’ and ‘cookie’. Yum! Congrats!


Moni Meals & Fitness June 5, 2013 at 9:05 am

CONGRATS AGAIN!! Yes, you so left us with an amazing recipe. Can’t wait to make it and hear/see your wonderful day!


eileen ragan | leaner by the lake June 6, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Ahhh! Yay! Congrats on the wedding. These look super amazing! I’ve been making uber simple 2 ingredient breakfast cookies for a few weeks now ( and am ready to throw a new recipe in the mix! Hope everything went well!!


Emily @ Tips on Healthy Living June 6, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Congratulations!! Can’t wait to hear about how it all went. Hope you’re relaxing and enjoying!


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Cheryl June 10, 2013 at 10:14 am

Congratulations Jenna! Have a wonderful happy time on your big day. and have a great time on your honeymoon.
yummy cookies, thanks for the nice recipe


Nicole @ Adonis Golden Review June 11, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Really nice recipe, looks tasty.It’s so important to do everything possible to lead a healthy lifestyle. Good food and exercise is essential and so is a peaceful mind. Enjoy married life!!!


Pam June 11, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Congratulations to you both! You are missed!


Tara@PNWRunner June 11, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Those cookies look so good. I love experimenting with oatmeal cookies by adding nuts, bananas, chocolate chips or a combo. I cannot wait to make these.
Congrats on your marriage!! 🙂


Madeline Wakefield June 12, 2013 at 6:21 am

Wow, congratulations and welcome to the club! 🙂 I’m sure you will enjoy your honeymooon. This chocolate-chip cookie recipe really interests me. I love pistachio very much and this is a great idea to add it to cookies. The good thing about these cookies is that they’re healthy and basically made of oats. They’re perfect for desserts and snacks.


Tara | Treble in the Kitchen June 12, 2013 at 8:55 am

How exciting that you are married!!! Congrats! I follow you on Instagram and you honeymoon looks wonderful 🙂 I am actually getting married in just a few short weeks so watching this special time for you on Instagram has got me feeling very antsy and excited for my big day!


Nurse Frugal June 12, 2013 at 11:14 am

Congrats!!! Excited for you to come back, can’t wait to see your pictures!!!


tara June 27, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Just made these and they are FABULOUS, thanks Jenna. Hope all is well in your world.


Jenna August 19, 2013 at 3:20 pm

I have made these almost every week since you posted the recipe. They are the perfect breakfast and pre-workout snack! Thanks so much!


Jenny H May 14, 2014 at 5:57 am

Jenna, I hate asking when you are about to have your baby! But, if you are bored and reading comments, here goes. I’ve been making these cookies since you posted the recipe. My husband and I love them! Yesterday, I accidentally put the flax in with the other dry ingredients. I don’t know much, if anything, about the “chemistry” of cooking. Luckily, the cookies came out okay. Why is it recommended to put the flax with the liquids instead of the drys? I’m just curious in a “science” sort of way! Hope all is well with you and yours.


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