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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whoever thought to mesh pumpkin with the ultimate dessert (chocolate chips cookies, of course) was rather genius. I must say, I probably wouldn’t have thought that the two would be a tasty combination, but it’s definitely one of the biggest wins of cookie history, wouldn’t you say?


I read over a wide variety of recipes and made several versions of these little morsels, in search of the best. There are some very decadent pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipes out there. There are many with 1 cup of oil or butter, and 3 cups of sugar (whew!).   I was on a mission to find the best cookies that I could eat guilt-free. They needed to meet all these requirements:

  • no oil
  • no refined sugar
  • whole-grain
  • vegan
  • lots of pumpkin spice flavor
  • a significant amount of pumpkin
  • good texture
  • sweet
  • no weird/expensive ingredients

I’m so pleased to present you with this recipe that meets all of the above in such a delicious way!

I won’t say that these taste the same exact way those butter/sugar ones do, but I will say these are absolutely delicious, and you can eat lots without a sugar high (and oh, you will definitely want to eat lots!). I feel like they even make a pretty healthy-ish snack.


This recipe will be on repeat all season long at your house, just as it’s been at mine.

You’re going to want your own stack or two. Might need to double the recipe.

4.84 from 6 votes
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten-free, oil-free, no refined sugar, vegan)
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Cooling time
10 mins
Total Time
55 mins

A healthy-yet-addicting fall cookie! 

Course: Dessert
Servings: 15 cookies
  • 1 1/4 cup oat flour (blend 1 cup oats in blender until fine)
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves (optional)
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  1. Mix dry ingredients together. 

  2. Mix pumpkin, vanilla, and maple syrup together. Stir into dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips.

  3. Let chill for 30 minutes, if you have time. I often skip that, but it gives the oats time to absorb the moisture and yeild a better texture. Meanwhile, heat oven to 325. 

  4. Spoon heaping-tablespoon sized cookies onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.

  5. Bake at 325 degrees for 15-17 minutes. Let cool on sheet another 10 minutes before eating, as this helps them get a little chewier. 

Recipe Notes

Whole wheat flour can also be used, although I prefer the texture when using oat flour.

You can get away with less maple syrup. I often use 1/3 cup. Just depends on your preference.

You can use honey, or probably any other sweetener (such as coconut sugar, brown sugar, etc). 

Pumpkin spice can replace all the spices if you prefer. Use 1.5 tsp. 

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  1. These were so good on day two, which is usually the case with pumpkin cookies!!! They weren’t as sweet right out of the oven, but perfect the next day. I loved that it took minimal ingredients and were low fat! Thanks Faith for the easy recipe!

    1. Thanks for the feedback, Cami! I’ll have to try to make these last until day 2 next time! 🙂 We’re the devour-right-out-of-the-type, haha.

    2. We love pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and I was looking for a WFPB version to replace our much loved recipe that used oil and eggs. I am so happy I found your recipe because these are incredible! I made the recipe as is and my kids devoured these, a double batch was gone within 3 hours. I made another batch today and reduced the maple syrup to 1/3 cup and added in some wheat germ and ground flax and my kids still love them ! Thanks for the super delicious and versatile recipe!

      1. Way to go upping the nutrition! So glad you all enjoyed. I love that they don’t have any fat (except from the chocolate chips).

  2. Another winner recipe here! These turned out perfectly. I love that they are just as delicious as they are healthy!

  3. These were a hit! Love how it has the perfect amount of spice and a great texture to it. Have already made these a bunch of times. So easy and so much healthier than alot of the other recipes out there. Thanks Faith!

  4. I cooked them at 350 and subbed half the maple syrup with Apple sauce, delicious! In my opinion just as tasty as the one full of refined sugar and flour. Kids and husband loved them too!

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