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
- lots of pumpkin spice flavor
- a significant amount of pumpkin
- good texture
- 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.
A healthy-yet-addicting fall cookie!
- 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
Mix dry ingredients together.
Mix pumpkin, vanilla, and maple syrup together. Stir into dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips.
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.
Spoon heaping-tablespoon sized cookies onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
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.
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.