Soft-baked cookies filled with whole grain goodness, vitamin C, and fiber! Pumpkin is the star ingredient in these healthy treats and they’re full of other nutrient dense ingredients like rolled oats, dried fruit, cinnamon, cocoa, and bananas. Perfect for snacking on-the-go and satisfying your sweet tooth the wholesome way.
Today is a special day, folks! Not only is it the BEST DAY OF FALL (ore on that in a minute!), but today I am sharing one of the very FIRST recipes I ever shared on Healthy Helper!
Don’t bother going to look back for the post….it was horrendous and long gone! 😉 The recipe however, has remained one of my go-tos for years. It’s perfect for snacking on, easy to make, and full of simple pantry ingredients that everyone always has on hand.
My Pumpkin Power Cookies are the perfect hint of sweetness that you need in your day. They’re fruit-sweetened so they aren’t dessert-like, but just tasty enough to satisfy those afternoon snack urges and sweet tooth cravings.
I couldn’t think of a better day to share them than today because like I said, it’s the BEST DAY OF FALL…at least in my pumpkin-loving opinion. That’s right, folks! Today is National Pumpkin Day!
Time to head to Starbucks for a PSL, bake some pumpkin bread, carve a Jack-o-Lantern, roast some pumpkin seeds! 🙂
There are few food holidays I get more excited for than for this one! Pumpkin is a total staple in my diet and I have it in some form or another every day. For most people it’s a seasonal food/flavor, but for me? Pumpkin season NEVER ENDS! I’m lucky to have access to cans all year round and it’s a must have in my morning oats! In fact I truly feel that no bowl of oats is complete without a big scoop of pumpkin puree. It just adds incredible creaminess and delicious, comforting taste.
In fact, my typical bowl of oats is exactly what inspired this recipe. I’m always doing different topping and mix-in combinations day-to-day, but there are a few ingredients that ALWAYS make it in to my bowl…
+applesauce or dried apple
+a little scoop of protein powder
+a sprinkle of cocoa and cinnamon
+a drizzle of maple syrup
Perfect bowl of oats in my opinion! Different tastes, lovely textures, and natural sweetness from all the best foods.
Another reason I love adding pumpkin to
everythaaaaaang oats is because of all the nutritional benefits it provides. It’s super high in fiber, rich in beta-carotene, a great source of vitamin A & C, and has MORE potassium than bananas!
Enough facts though, let’s get to the real reason you’re here….COOKIES! Pumpkin Power Cookies to be exact. 🙂
- 1 cup pumpkin
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
- ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tbsp protein powder of choice
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 1 tbsp agave nectar or maple syrup
- heaping ¼ cup raisins
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- 1½ cups rolled oats
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all the ingredients in the order listed. Mix until well combined. Drop cookies (by the heaping tbsp) onto baking sheet (use parchment paper or spray baking sheet with cooking spray) and press down slightly. Bake for 17 minutes.
Gluten-free and vegan, these cookies are great for a healthy little snack. When you make them though, don’t expect a crispy cookie! These are more like a cross between a muffin top and a scone. Chewy, soft, and delicious!
Looking for some other delicious ways to celebrate National Pumpkin Day? Check out these other recipes…
How are you going to celebrate National Pumpkin Day?
What’s your favorite way to have pumpkin?
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