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Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

By November 15, 2018October 31st, 2023Desserts and Sweets, Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegetarian

These healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect fall treat. They have a soft luscious texture and a warm pumpkin spice flavor with lots of fudgy chocolate chips. Easy to make, gluten free, refined sugar free, paleo, and dairy free.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies stacked

I made at least 5 different batches of pumpkin cookies to create the perfect recipe.  I wanted a cookie that was healthy, simple to make and incredibly delicious. Chocolate chips are a must for my grandson, Avery. This is the winner.

Thanksgiving is such a fun holiday, we get to celebrate food.  It’s also a wonderful opportunity to give thanks to …

The Earth -I appreciate the abundance of food, water, air and sunlight our planet provides.

Relationships – I love thinking about all the people involved in getting our Thanksgiving meal to us; the farmers, the packagers, the truckers, the store clerks, I love and appreciate them all.

My Body – I am grateful for everything my body does for me.  My body allows me to see the beautiful food, enjoy the delicious tastes, fragrant aromas, and interesting textures of the food I eat.  It also digests and does thousands of processes to keep me alive without me having to think about it. WOW!

My Home – It’s a place to lay my head each night. It’s where I keep my things together to use and enjoy. It shelters me keeping me safe and warm.

My Family and Friends – I am grateful for the people in my life I love and love me.  Even if sometimes our closest relationship can be challenging, I love it all.

While Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks, it is my intention to notice and appreciate things that are beautiful, fun, delicious and satisfying all day, every day. When I do, I’m happier and healthier.  

By cultivating a grateful mind, we live in an energy that unifies, that encourages wholeness.  When we live on the gratitude frequency we can step back and allow our life to unfold with ease and grace.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies with a bite

Ingredients and Substitutions

These cookies are gluten free, dairy free and sweetened with maple syrup and coconut sugar. If you like to bake, you’ll probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry.

  • Almond flour is a flour with high protein and healthy fats. Cashew flour will also work.  Use blanched almond flour, not almond meal.
  • Coconut flour –  helps add texture to these pumpkin coconut cookies.
  • Coconut sugar – gives the cookies a nice sweet tastes and keeps them refined sugar free.
  • Spices: ground cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice give the the perfect spiced pumpkin flavor.
  • Pumpkin puree – canned pumpkin is best but you can cook the pumpkin yourself.  Use pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling. Blot the pumpkin on a paper towel after measuring to remove some moisture and make the cookies chewier.
  • Egg – This helps bind the cookies and add a little moisture. To make these cookies vegan, simply swap the egg for either a chia seed egg or flax egg.
  • Maple syrup – give these cookies the perfect, soft, chewy texture and nice sweet taste.

How to Make

The best part of this recipe is you don’t need a mixer. 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Drop 10-12 heaping tablespoons of dough on a parchment lined baking tray. I like the cookies crinkly. 

If you want flat cookies use your hands to roll each heaping tablespoon of the dough into a ball. Then using a piece of parchment paper, flatten each ball into a cookie shape keeping them nice and round. They should be about 1/4 inch thick before baking because we still want them to be nice, thick and fluffy. They do not spread.

Top with a few additional chocolate chips.

Bake until they are lightly brown on the top and bottom.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingrid’s Tips

Weigh your ingredients:I recommend weighing the flours and oil, it’s easier and more accurate.  Here is a good scale.

To make vegan: use a flax egg instead of the regular egg.

Make sure your ingredients are at room temperature.

Storing

Store covered at room temperature for a few days then store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. They get softer as the days go on.

They are fantastic frozen.  If you’re keeping them for more than 3 days, I recommend keeping them in the freezer. They are actually really good right from the freezer.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies on counter

If you are looking for a healthy Thanksgiving cookie that your family will love, here it is…

  • soft and sweet inside
  • gluten free
  • refined sugar free
  • eeeeeeasy

Please bake these cookies with your family and love them. And they will love you back, as only the best cookies and family can do.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies close up

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RECIPE updated November 20, 2022. Recipe Updated again October 27, 2023

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  • Author: Ingrid DeHart – EatWellEnjoyLife.com
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cookies 1x

Description

Pumpkin Chocolate Chips Cookies are easy to make, super soft and chewy. They have a sweet taste with warm pumpkin spices. Naturally gluten free, refined sugar free, paleo, dairy free.


Ingredients

Scale

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Gently melt butter or coconut oil in a small pan, set aside.
  3. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. In a mixing bowl mix together almond flourcoconut flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
  5. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg, coconut sugar, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, and vanilla, mix to combine.
  6. Add flour and mix until well combined
  7. Fold in the chocolate chips. Let sit 5 minutes.
  8. Drop 12 heaping tablespoons of dough onto the parchment lined baking tray. This makes crinkly cookies. I like them like this best.
  9. If you want flat cookies use your hands to roll each heaping tablespoon of the dough into a ball. Then using a piece of parchment paper, flatten each ball into a cookie shape keeping them nice and round. They should be about 1/4 inch thick before baking because we still want them to be nice, thick and fluffy.
  10. Top each cookie with a one or two more chocolate chips if desired.
  11. Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until lightly brown on the top and bottom.
  12. Remove and cool on the baking sheet for 5-7 minutes, then carefully transfer to wire racks to finish cooling.
  13. Store covered at room temperature for a few days then store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. They can be frozen and are delicious eaten right from the freeze. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: Dessert, Snack
  • Cuisine: Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian

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