I can’t get enough of pumpkin this month. Today, we decided to start our week by making pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for ourselves and some extras to take to our new neighbors. I looked at a half-dozen recipes online that claimed to be healthy and was really surprised to see that most of them included white table sugar and white flour. Sure, adding pumpkin puree to a recipe does add nutritional value, making the sweet treat “healthier”, but a recipe loaded with white flour and white sugar (and some with nasty vegetable oil) really shouldn’t have healthy in the title.
I’m pointing this out to clarify that online recipes are no different from packaged products on grocery store shelves. We can’t assume the recipe is healthy just because the author uses the word in the title. We need to read the ingredients. On the flip side, any cookie you make at home is probably healthier than store bought and it only takes a few minor tweaks to make the recipe “healthier”. But remember, even when using the best ingredients, a cookie is a cookie, and these are no different.
This is a fun, sweet, delicious fall recipe. The ingredients are modified to minimize the blood sugar spike and add as much nutritional value as possible, but we should still enjoy them in moderation, as difficult as that may be because these really are SO good!
I’ll definitely be making these again for our Halloween party.
- 1 cup pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
- ¾ cup organic coconut sugar
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups white whole wheat flour (it’s less dense than regular whole wheat and makes a fluffier cookie)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp nutmeg
- ⅛ tsp ground cloves
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 cup Enjoy Life semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (dairy, nut & soy free)
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet with a little expeller pressed coconut oil and set it aside.
- In a large bowl combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
- Use a large spoon or ice cream scoop to shape the cookie dough and place on each cookie onto the greased baking sheet.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and let them cool for several minutes before moving them to a cooling wrack or clean plate.
- Makes about 12 cookies.
Try these with a homemade pumpkin spice latte for a sweet afternoon treat or a coffee date with friends.