Updated: Jul 22
I love cookies! Especially when they have chocolate chips in them! Unfortunately many cookies are loaded with excessive fat and sugar. When I started transitioning into a vegan lifestyle I discovered a world of desserts and other treats that taste great and are made with ingredients that are actually good for you. Having healthier versions of treats has helped me transition to a healthy vegan lifestyle without feeling deprived. Today I want to share with you a cookie recipe that I love. Whether you are a vegan or someone who is just looking for healthy recipes to satisfy cravings I highly recommend these.
Healthy Pumpkin Oat Cookies
This is one of my favorite go-to snack recipes. I love these cookies warm from the oven or chilled in the fridge. They are great with coffee and tea. I also like to take them with me when I am on the run, so I can have a healthy snack on the go. I just two from the fridge and put them in a sandwich bag. They are filling and hold me over for awhile. These can also be a better replacement for granola bars (which are usually made with unhealthy processed ingredients). These cookies are also great for breakfast. They are basically oatmeal in a cookie form :-) Click here for the recipe from the website Running On Real Food.
This recipe uses a minimal amount of ingredients (as pictured below) Instead of using 1 cup of pumpkin I use the whole can of canned pumpkin (which equals 2 cups) and double the remainder of the ingredients. I used Stevia for the sweetener (not pictured). The cookies in the photos were made with Enjoy Life dairy free chocolate chunks.There are many other brands out there of dairy free chocolate chips that cost less, such as Trader Joe's Semi-Sweet chocolate chips. Always read through ingredients and equipment use especially if you have an allergy to dairy, gluten or nuts. Enjoy Life has a strict manufacturing process to ensure safety for people who do have allergies to those ingredients.
I also baked the cookies on parchment paper so they wouldn't stick. I use parchment paper a lot in many of the recipes I make. It prevents non-sticking without using oil.
Let me know if you tried this recipe out and what you think :-)
Jennifer Shlomovich is a Vegan Nutrition Coach who helps others transform their eating habits without feeling deprived. Click here to learn more about her work.