When it’s the season for pumpkin spice and pumpkin everything, you don’t want to have to give up your favorite treats. That’s why I created this recipe for pumpkin protein cookies! Luckily for all the sweater-weather lovers out there, pumpkin treats can be both delicious and nutritious — with the right recipe ... and we have one right here for some delicious homemade healthy pumpkin cookies.
Pumpkins themselves are a nutrient-rich food that offers a number of health benefits. This festive orange-hued vegetable is an excellent source of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that can help reduce inflammation and protect against certain types of cancer. Pumpkin is also a good source of vitamins A, C, and E, as well as iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and potassium.
Unfortunately, due to the high amounts of sugar and fat that many pumpkin treats usually contain, favorites like pumpkin cookies may not always be the best choice for those looking to maintain a healthy diet.
Fortunately, our recipe for healthy pumpkin cookies features ingredients that help you capitalize on the benefits of pumpkin and add a delicious helping of protein to your diet.
Besides the extra protein, you may notice that our recipe has a few different ingredients than recipes for traditional pumpkin cookies. We’ve made some substitutions that make this pumpkin cookie recipe a bit more healthy without losing any of the sweetness or delicious pumpkin spice flavor. Try this delicious recipe for healthy pumpkin cookies that will satisfy your sweet tooth and help you meet your macro goals!
Pumpkin Protein Cookies
Servings: 30 (1 Serving = 1 Cookie)
Prep Time: 40 Minutes
Bake Time: 8-10 Minutes
- 2 3/4 Cups of Oat Flour
- 1 Tsp of Sea Salt
- 1 Tsp of Baking Soda
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Tsp of Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 Cup of Raw Honey
- 1 1/3 Cup of Level-1 Vanilla Ice Cream
- 4oz of Applesauce
- 1/2 Tsp of Nutmeg
- 1/2 Tsp of Ground Cloves
- 1 1/2 Tsp of Cinnamon
- 1/3 Cup of Dried Cranberries
- 1/3 Cup of Chopped Walnuts
1. In a large bowl, mix the Level-1 protein powder, oat flour, salt, baking soda, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, cranberries and walnuts.
2. In a separate, small bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla extract, honey, applesauce, and mix them all together.
3. Next, combine both mixtures in a hand mixer and mix for 2 minutes at a medium speed. The dough should be slightly sticky.
4. Place the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to set.
5. While the dough is in the refrigerator, preheat the oven to 350℉.
6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray it with cooking spray.
7. When the dough is ready, remove it from the fridge and form 30 evenly-sized dough balls and put them on the baking sheet. The cookies won't spread much, so they only need 1.5" of space between each other.
8. Flatten the cookies slightly by using the back of a spoon sprayed with cooking spray so the dough doesn't stick.
9. Place the cookies in the oven and bake them for 8-10 minutes.
10. Remove the cookies, let them cool for 5 minutes, then move them to a cooling rack for 5-10 minutes before serving or storing.
If you plan on storing the cookies, be sure to wrap them tightly. The best way to do this is by storing them in an airtight container or bag. If you make multiple batches, make sure to separate them with wax paper or plastic wrap.
Be sure to also store the pumpkin cookies in a cool and dry place to avoid them from spoiling or drying out. If you can, store the cookies in the refrigerator ... this will keep them fresh for up to a week.
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Looking For More Recipes or Help?
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