Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies – To Vegan or Not To Vegan?

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My general opinion on cookies is that they are underwhelming. I very seldom buy cookies, and I bake them even less at home. With a large plethora of other show-stopping, awe-inducing cakes, pastries, and various french confiseries to create and devour, why would I settle for a basic cookie? Go big or go home.

However, with tubs and tubs of pumpkin purée sitting in my fridge and freezer, I needed to come up with various baked goods to utilize it all. And if I were to create a new pumpkin-based baked good every week, I knew I had to aim for healthier options. I had to bid farewell to butter, white granulated sugar and all-purpose flour, making way for olive oil, maple syrup and whole wheat flour.

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This suited me just fine, because as of recently I have been considering a transition to an entirely plant-based diet. I still remain undecided on this; wouldn’t it be a good idea to test the waters by going vegetarian first, before all-out vegan? Probably. But the thought of a plant-based diet is something I have been turning over in my head for a while now.

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Anyways. I came across this recipe for Pumpkin Pie Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies from Amy’s Healthy Baking. I was happy because this recipe is totally vegan, not using any eggs, butter or dairy. She also sweetens the cookies with pure maple syrup instead of white granulated sugar. I used olive oil instead of coconut oil and a slightly larger amount of pumpkin purée. The result? A chocolatey, gooey cookie beautifully spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

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Pumpkin Pie Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies (from Amy’s Healthy Baking)

Ingredients
Instant oats
Whole wheat or gluten-free flour
Ground cinnamon
Ground nutmeg
Ground ginger
Baking powder
Salt
Coconut oil or unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
Pumpkin purée
Vanilla extract
Pure maple syrup
Dark or semisweet chocolate chips
Miniature chocolate chips

Directions: Please head on over to Amy’s blog to view full recipe. Enjoy!
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One Comment Add yours

  1. These look so yummy! – I love it when recipes can be made vegan easily – it keeps the options open for everyone!
    Lovely blog x
    Izzy – http://www.pinchofdelight.wordpress.com

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