These healthy oatmeal pumpkin cookies are easy to make and perfect to enjoy this Fall and all year long! These pumpkin cookies are delicious for breakfast or for a sweet treat.
Healthy (and DELICIOUS!) Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies
Tis the season of PUMPKIN and I had a can of pumpkin puree in my pantry that was just screaming out to me to be made into something yummy. I L-O-V-E it cooking with pumpkin, not only is it delicious but it’s great for us. Pumpkin is very low in fat and is loaded with vitamins, nutrients, and fiber. The only issue I have with pumpkin is that my kids don’t always love it – WHAT?! I know, I know, I have no idea how that’s possible. That means when I cook with it, I have to work at keeping it healthy and kid-friendly. So, cookies! What kid can resist a yummy looking cookie? In fact, what adult can resist a yummy cookie? I know I can’t…Good news is that these “cookies” are great for you too! My Pumpkin Cookies are loaded with the good-for-you fats, fiber, and a pinch of sweet to take care of that sweet tooth.
My idea was to make these pumpkin cookies a healthy breakfast option (like my Cereal Breakfast Cookies), but the kids liked them so much, they actually requested them for dessert too. Score! I added some dried cherries, cranberries and a few chocolate chips into my Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies but you can substitute raisins or just leave them out. I did a total of 1 cup, and I did the variety mainly because that’s what I had in my pantry 🙂 I knew I wanted to add in some chocolate chips to appeal to the kids, so I tossed it what I had, which was 1/4 cup, not too many, but enough to have one or two in each cookie. I love dried cherries, but I only had a few left, so I added in the dried cranberries.
The recipe calls for Maple Syrup, which also adds a bit of sweet to these Healthy Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies, be sure to use pure maple syrup, not just any pancake syrup.
Now, here’s how to make my Healthy Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies, be sure to Print It and Pin It so that you can make them again and again. Pumpkin isn’t just for the Fall, you will want to enjoy these pumpkin cookies all year long.
- ½ cup melted coconut oil - it only takes about 10 seconds in the microwave
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup pumpkin puree
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 1½ cup flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ¾ cup dried cherries/raisins/dried cranberries
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.
- In a medium-size bowl add the coconut oil, eggs, vanilla, pumpkin, and maple syrup.
- Mix well.
- Add in the flour, oats, dried cherries/cranberries, chocolate chips, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
- Mix well.
- Drop rounded tablespoon-sized balls of cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheet, leaving about an inch between cookies.
- Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown and solid.
- Let cool.
I hope you enjoy these Healthy (and DELICIOUS!) Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies as much as we do!
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