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! 

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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. 

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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 625 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 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 12 mins

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

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. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1CookieCalories: 84kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 114mgFiber: 2gVitamin A: 3177IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 14g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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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. I think it’s thick and chewy for me but it really depends on my mood 🙂 you are totally reading my mind with these recipes – I was just dreaming up pumpkin chocolate chip ideas last night.

  2. Love this recipe, Arman! Can’t wait to try them. I bet my kids would even love them. Pinned and making soon (maybe even today)! 🙂

  3. Away in Chicago, making these when up I get back on Wednesday. They are a perfect seasonal treat. Also I have used plantains blended as the base for cookies with pumpkin and they taste awesome.

  4. Thick and chewy are definitely my cookie preferences, but I don’t discriminate. 🙂 I bought somee pumpkin so I could make your pumpkin fudge and then I saw these! It’s going to be a pumpkin fiesta in my kitchen this week! <3

    1. So for the pumpkin (not puree) do I have to actually buy a pumpkin or can I go to the store and get canned pumpkin that is gluten free?

      1. Hey Adam! You don’t need to at all- as long as you have canned pumpkin, it will work 🙂

  5. Homemade bottled water? OMG Yum. What’s in it? Is it gluten-free? Will it help me lose 3 pounds? 😉
    Jokes aside, these cookies do look awesome. I’ve done the whole pumpkin/boxed cake mix deal, but these are obviously a lot healthier.

  6. Mmm… Pumpkin anything, just yes. I shall watch for your bottled water recipe 🙂 I’m sure it will go viral!

    1. It is so good, you’ll be jealous of it 😉 It’s life changing. There’s a secret ingredient- Life changing water.

  7. I love that so many of your cookies are also breakfast options 🙂 I also love the OC reference. I may or may not have all four seasons on DVD.

    1. OMG. Seriously, the best. Me and my sister would skip 3/4 of season 4 because….Once Marissa died so did the series.

  8. Okay LOVE these simple treats! Except how do you stop from eating the WHOLE batch!?!? Glad to see you posting on fitfluential, I’ll be able to follow more of your posts now which have been leaving a serious gap in my blog world for the last couple months! #bloggerproblems

  9. I totally thought you were going to use a cake mix as one of the ingredients. You didn’t, yes! Love these and can’t wait to try out this recipe!