by Olena

Healthy Pumpkin Cookies

by Olena

5 from 12 reviews

Healthy Pumpkin Cookies are soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside and come together in one bowl without a mixer. These cookies are seriously easy, delicious and a favorite for kids!

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Healthy Pumpkin Cookies

Healthy Pumpkin Cookies

Healthy pumpkin cookies are a perfect way to kick off the fall baking season.

These cookies combine the goodness of a classic oatmeal cookie with flavorful pumpkin and seasonal spices. My kids’ faces light up at the sight of pumpkin oatmeal cookies.

These pumpkin cookies are so good, soft and chewy, I would definitely recommend doubling the recipe!

Ingredients for Healthy Pumpkin Cookies

  • Pumpkin puree: Do not mistake puree for pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin puree is just pureed cooked pumpkin. Pumpkin pie filling is puree mixed with seasonings and sugar. It will throw off the batter consistency and cookies’ taste. Both are sold in cans, so be sure to read the label.
  • Oats: Use quick or old fashioned (rolled) oats; you choose.
  • Liquids & Spices: Pumpkin pie spice (of course), baking soda, & salt. These cookies are sweetened with maple syrup or honey and vanilla extract.
  • Coconut oil: You can use any oil, but in my opinion mild tasting oils like avocado oil are the best substitutions.
  • Flour: Please only use whole wheat or spelt flour. Baking is a science. Whole grain flour does not act like white flour or coconut flour or even almond flour. They all need different amounts of liquid, rising agents and fats.
  • Pumpkin seeds and eggs

ingredients include pumpkin puree, whole wheat flour and coconut oil

How to Make Healthy Pumpkin Cookies

There is a full recipe card below.

Healthy pumpkin oatmeal cookies come together in one bowl with a whisk and a spatula. No mixer required!

  • Whisk the egg.
  • Add liquids and spices: Combine coconut oil, maple syrup, pumpkin puree, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt. Make sure coconut oil is room temperature when added.

Healthy Pumpkin Cookies batter mixed with a whiskHealthy Pumpkin Cookies batter

  • Add dry ingredients: Mix in oats, followed by flour and stir until a thick dough forms. Then add pumpkin seeds.
  • Drop spoonfuls of batter onto prepared cookie sheets: Use a small cookie scoop and flatten each cookie with your hands or the back of the scoop.
  • Bake for 15 minutes: Remove from the oven, let cookies cool for a minute, then transfer onto a cooling rack.

Healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies flattened before baking

How to Store and Freeze

Store: Keep cookies covered loosely on the counter for a few days. Do not put them in an airtight container because they will really soften.

Freeze: These pumpkin oatmeal cookies freeze really well. Place cookies in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw on a counter.

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healthy pumpkin cookies


Healthy Pumpkin Cookies

5 from 12 reviews

Healthy Pumpkin Cookies are soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside and come together in one bowl without a mixer. These cookies are seriously easy, delicious and a favorite for kids!

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 30 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: North American


  • 1 egg, large
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, measured after melting
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups quick or old fashioned (rolled)
  • 1 cup whole wheat or spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • Cooking spray (I use Misto)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, line large baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg. Add coconut oil, maple syrup, pumpkin puree, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt; whisk until well combined.
  3. Add oats and stir to mix. Add flour and mix well until thick dough forms. Add pumpkin seeds and give a few stirs.
  4. Using small cookie scoop, place batter on previously prepared sheet and flatten with the back of a scoop or hands. Cookies do not spread, I had 9 cookies per sheet.
  5. Bake in batches for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and let cookies cool for a minute, then transfer onto a cooling rack to cool off a bit more.

Store: Store in a cool dry place open. Do not wrap or place cookies in a jar. The more air, the better.


  • You can use virtually any oil. Mild tasting oil like avocado oil is the best. Not that coconut oil is mild tasting. Olive oil will work too it’s just its taste will be more prominent in the pumpkin cookies. As coconut oil is solid, once cookies cool off their texture will be more crunchy on the outside. Just a tad.
  • You have to use only whole wheat or spelt (sprouted) flour.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. I was so happy to find a healthy recipe that is truly healthy. Because of my own dietary needs I substituted oat flour for the whole wheat and 1/2 cup sugar free apple sauce for the oil and maple syrup. Cookies turned out great! I’m so pleased with this recipe. Thank you.

  2. I’m so excited to find your site with such great healthy recipes!! Finding a cookie recipe without refined sugar is always awesome! Thank you for doing what you do!!

    1. Awe, you are so welcome! So happy to hear you are enjoying my recipes! Please don’t be shy to leave me a comment with a star review once you make any recipe. Have a great week!

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