Healthy Pumpkin Cookies


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These healthy pumpkin cookies are soft, chewy, and need just 3 ingredients! No flour needed, they are wholesome and made in one bowl! 

healthy pumpkin cookies

When pumpkin season rolls around, we are all about the healthier treats.

Fall is infamous for rich and hearty desserts but actually, some of our favorites are actually healthy! These include pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, and, of course, pumpkin cookies. 

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • 3 Ingredients. Just oats, pumpkin puree and maple syrup is needed.
  • No eggs, no butter, no milk. Unlike traditional cookies, these have none of the usual suspects! 
  • Naturally vegan. As there is no dairy or eggs in this, those who follow a vegan diet can enjoy them. 
  • Fast. From prep the plate, these cookies take less than 10 minutes to bake. 

What I love about this cookie recipe is just how perfect they are for an all-around and versatile cookie. You can enjoy them for breakfast or for a healthy snack between meals! 

Ingredients needed

You will love the simple ingredient list to make this recipe. If you don’t already have everything in your pantry, then surely your local grocery store will. Here is what you’ll need: 

  • Rolled Oats. I prefer rolled oats, as they give the cookies a chewy and sturdy texture. If you prefer softer cookies, use quick cooking oats. To keep these cookies gluten free, be sure whichever you use is certified gluten free. 
  • Pumpkin Puree. Unsweetened pumpkin puree, NOT pumpkin pie filling. I used canned pumpkin, but feel free to make your own if you’d like! 
  • Maple Syrup. Gives the cookies some natural sweetness, without being overpowering. You can also use agave nectar, or keep these cookies sugar free, and use sugar free syrup.
  • Chocolate Chips. Optional, but highly recommended! 

How to make healthy pumpkin cookies

With less than two minutes hands-on time, this recipe is very simple and the oven takes care of all the hard work.

Start by mixing your oats, pumpkin, and maple syrup, until combined. If using chocolate chips, fold them through at the end.

Step 2- Bake the cookies

Scoop out balls of cookie dough and place on a lined tray or baking sheet. Press each ball into a cookie shape and bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on the sheet. 

3 ingredient pumpkin cookies

Tips to make the best recipe

  • Do not over-bake the cookies. They will not spread and will not typically brown on top. Remove them around the 10 minute mark, but no longer than 12 minutes. 
  • Add extra spices and mix-ins into the dough. Pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon are great, as are raisins, nuts, and seeds. 
  • To make pumpkin protein cookies, add 1-2 scoops of protein powder into the dough. 
  • If you prefer super sweet cookies, swap out half the pumpkin with mashed banana. You will get the extra dose of natural sweetness. 

Storage instructions

  • To store: Cookies are best stored in the refrigerator, as they are quite soft and won’t keep well at room temperature. They will keep well refrigerated for up 1 week.
  • To freeze: Place leftover cookies in a ziplock bag and store in the freezer for up to 6 months. 
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Healthy Pumpkin Cookies With 3 Ingredients | Bakes In 10 Minutes

5 from 1169 votes
These healthy pumpkin cookies are soft, chewy, and need just 3 ingredients! No flour needed, they are wholesome and made in one bowl! 
Servings: 12 Cookies
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 12 minutes



  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, pumpkin, and syrup, and mix well. If adding chocolate chips, fold them through.
  • Using your hands, form into small balls and place on the baking tray and press each ball into a cookie shape. Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Remove and allow to cool on the sheet.


TO STORE: Cookies are best stored in the refrigerator, as they are quite soft and won’t keep well at room temperature. They will keep well refrigerated for up 1 week.
TO FREEZE: Place leftover cookies in a ziplock bag and store in the freezer for up to 6 months. 


Serving: 1CookieCalories: 84kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 114mgFiber: 2gVitamin A: 3177IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 14g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    First, why did you make me google the conversion for calories?
    I added 1 tbsp of chia seeds. I eat a large amount of pumpkin, savory and sweet, so I could not wait for the cookies to cool to eat one.
    Cookies are chewy, but not enough sweet. I don’t like sugary really sweet anything, but the maple syrup wasn’t enough, so yes, the chocolate chips are a must.
    Instead of chocolate chips, I added 2 tbsp of plant based erythritol (I know it is only made from plants, but others might think it isn’t a natural sweetener).
    Now they have that sweet fix that is needed when you want a treat. Even without the chia seeds they are packed full of fiber, but since I’m taking weight loss medication that causes constipation, I need tons of fiber. These cookies with the chia seeds are the perfect yummy that I need. Also, just 2 or 3s mall cookies while drinking any liquid makes me feel extra full.
    Armen, I had my doubts about these holding together and being an actual cookie because of the ingredients, but I have no more doubts. Thank you for sharing.

  2. 5 stars
    How much pumpkin pie spice should I add? I’ve made several other of your oats-based cookies & they have been delicious! Disappear like crazy : >
    Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    My Son is a crab fisherman, he takes about 6 dozen with him and they work great at keeping him well fed as a quick pop in your mouth and keep going meal. So thank you for helping him keep healthy.

  4. 5 stars
    Such a fun and healthy cookie. If you want sweeter cookies though, you need to add something like syrup or choc chips.

  5. 5 stars
    THESE ARE SO GOOD. So easy. I added cinnamon and used almond flour, literally such a good snack and definitely satisfies the craving. Chewy; like a just out of the oven cookie. Perfect texture and flavourful. So so good. Low in cals & sugar but high in fibre and protein – A DREAM. Love love love.

  6. 5 stars
    Made this last night and it was great with a few changes. I only used 1 tbsp maple syrup and added raisins, pecans and pumpkin spice/cinnamon. Great healthy bedtime snack.

  7. 5 stars
    Just tried these since we had some leftover pumpkin. I didn’t have quite 1 cup, so I added in a 1/2 cup of applesauce. We added in pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon. Also, dark chocolate chips, pecans (because, why not?), and golden raisins. These turned out great! So easy and quick. Thank you!

  8. 5 stars
    Delicious and simple cookies. Every week I make your keto peanut butter cookies and add protein powder as an after workout snack. I decided to make a different cookie this week (I’m not tired of the other ones but my daughter asked for something different…) and I found these to be very good. Not sweet but flavorful. I give it 5 stars, she gave it 4; she prefers very sweet so I will just eat them myself! Very nutritious. Thank you again.

  9. For people asking if you can use regular instead of quick oats — you can make quick oats by just blitzing regular oats in the food processor. just FYI. 🙂

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