As soon as pumpkin season rolls around, I LIVE for pumpkin chocolate chip anything. Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies in particular are some of my favorite treats this time of year.
In the past, I would make batches of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies every other week. This year I decided I needed to create a healthier version of this perfect fall treat. Turns out, it’s really not that hard to make healthy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!
These cookies are simple, tasty, soft, and I feel much better about the ingredients than the other versions I’ve tried.
I decided to use Kodiak Cakes mix because it’s so easy to bake with and it adds some protein and fiber. You could also use whole wheat flour or even almond flour for these cookies. If you happen to get your hands on Kodiak Cakes Pumpkin & Flax waffle mix, you could definitely use that in this recipe and just omit the added spices.
I tried to use mostly natural sweeteners like raw honey (lower glycemic and adds nutritional value) and apple sauce, but sometimes a pinch of brown sugar really makes a difference. You could try using just stevia or other healthy sweeteners too!
Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 15oz can pumpkin puree
- 2 C Kodiak Cakes waffle mix (whole wheat flour should work too)
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tbsp ground golden flax seed (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 C raw honey or pure maple syrup
- 1/4 C brown sugar
- 1/2 C unsweetened apple sauce
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 C dark chocolate chips
- Mix all the wet ingredients together well. Slowly add flour and dry ingredients until well mixed. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Spoon onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15-19 minutes (or until firm, you might need to check on them often)
- Store in a cool dry place. Enjoy!
Hope you enjoy these cookies as much as I do! You could also try adding unflavored collagen or pumpkin spice flavored protein to add even more nutrition. Let me know if you try them out!