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Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies {Vegan}

Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies-they are so good you will forget that they are healthy too! 

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Last week I shared our “go to” Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. They are perfect in my opinion. So why bother with another pumpkin cookie recipe? Because there is ALWAYS more room for cookies!

I took my regular Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and played with it to create a Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe that is also vegan. Don’t let the words healthy and vegan scare you because these cookies are delish!

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So how did I create a healthy pumpkin cookie? I waved my magic wand and they just appeared. Ha! I wish!

I made a few recipe substitutions. I used whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour and coconut oil instead of butter. The cookies don’t taste like coconut. They are very pumpkiny! If you need the cookies to be gluten-free, I am sure you could use your favorite gluten-free flour mix.

I omitted the eggs to make the cookies vegan. The pumpkin binds the dough together and keeps the cookies plenty moist.

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The cookies do have sugar and some chocolate chips, but I am ok with that. If you want to leave out the chocolate chips for a plain pumpkin cookie, I think they would still be tasty. I used vegan chocolate chips (I buy them at Whole Foods). If you don’t need the cookies to be vegan, you can use regular chocolate chips.

I was actually surprised by how much I loved these Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip  Cookies. They aren’t just good, they are GREAT! They give our classic Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe a run for their money! I am going to be making these cookies a lot during the fall months. I always love having a healthy cookie option around!

If you are looking for other healthy cookie recipes, here are a few of my favorites:

Happy Baking!

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Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies {Vegan}

Yield: 18 cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

A healthy version of everyone's favorite fall cookie-Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies!


1 1/2 cups Gold Medal whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
3/4 cup vegan chocolate chips (can use regular chocolate chips)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together whole wheat flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and spices. Set aside.

3. Using a mixer, combine the coconut oil and sugars together. Add vanilla extract and pumpkin and mix until combined, about 3 minutes. Slowly add in the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

4. Drop by large, rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to brown around the edges. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for two minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.

Note-to make the cookies gluten-free use your favorite gluten-free flour instead of the whole wheat flour.


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90 Responses to “Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies {Vegan}”

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  1. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — October 2, 2013 @ 4:22 am

    I love that you created a healthy version! I could eat 2 dozen of these guilt-free now!

  2. Erica — October 2, 2013 @ 6:20 am

    YUM! I love that the moisture content of pumpkin makes it so easy to use in vegan recipes!

  3. Kristin @ Bake Something — October 2, 2013 @ 6:28 am

    This is great! I was just thinking the other day that I needed a vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe for the vegan in my household. You read my mind! Can’t wait to try them!

  4. Yum! I love the healthy version of these cookies!! Looks delish!!

  5. Brian @ A Thought For Food — October 2, 2013 @ 7:42 am

    Well, don’t these look divine! I have a friend who is gluten-free and vegan, so maybe I’ll give it a try with the gf flour as you suggested.

  6. Laura Dembowski — October 2, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    Healthy cookies are such a welcome treat, especially when they look this good and are packed with pumpkin!

  7. Kevin @ Closet Cooking — October 2, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    Pumpkin and chocolate is such a great combo!

  8. Our Vintage Life — October 2, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    These look so delicious! And how nice that you and your husband cook and bake together! :-)

  9. Ali @ Inspiralized — October 2, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    Now only if it would get chilly in NY so I could start eating everything pumpkin! Love this recipe, can’t wait to try it.

  10. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — October 2, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    A fun way to change up pumpkin cookies. I’m thinking now you could eat them for breakfast :)

  11. Carrian — October 2, 2013 @ 9:12 am

    Yum! I love fall and I love pumpkin! These look delicious!

  12. Aimee @ Simple Bites — October 2, 2013 @ 9:13 am

    Delish!! Great idea, Maria.

  13. Sandra ltb — October 2, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    Thank you! I agree – always room for more cookies!
    Sandra ltb

  14. Ali | Gimme Some Oven — October 2, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    Oooh, I’ll have to make these for my vegan friends! I’m always on the lookout for good vegan cookies! :)

  15. HeatherChristo — October 2, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    they look great and are TRULY healthy cookies!

  16. DeLallo Foods — October 2, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    Chocolate and pumpkin!?! A match made in heaven! Yum!

  17. Marian (Sweetopia) — October 2, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    Yuuum!!! They look amazing, Maria!

  18. marla — October 2, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    These cookies look like they have the perfect texture!

  19. Marie @ Little Kitchie — October 2, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    Yummmm, yes please!

  20. Julie @ Table for Two — October 2, 2013 @ 11:09 am

    the perfect fall treat! yum!

  21. I could 76 of these cookies!! Love the pumpkin and chocolate addition:)

  22. Becky — October 2, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

    I’m totally making these soon!! Great recipe idea and I love that you’re using coconut oil more often in baking!

  23. Maria Tadic — October 2, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

    Love these little cookies! I just had pumpkin scones with chocolate chips – wasn’t too sure about pumpkin and chocolate together. But it was awesome!!!Will try these!!

  24. naomi — October 2, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

    I love this healthy option–can’t wait to try it.

  25. Anna — October 2, 2013 @ 2:26 pm

    Yay! Vegan cookies! Quick question though- how much earth balance butter would I use in place of the coconut oil? (lots of allergies but the rest of the recipe is perfect for us!)

  26. Emily — October 2, 2013 @ 5:46 pm

    I just made these with my three young children and they were delicious!! I’ve never baked with coconut oil before and I was thrilled with the results! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  27. Mi Vida en un Dulce — October 2, 2013 @ 6:59 pm

    Coconut oil is not common here in Peru, I can find some in very specific markets but is expensive, so my question is, can I replace it with another kind of vegan oil?

  28. Nessa — October 2, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

    These look so cute and yummy :)

  29. Joanne — October 2, 2013 @ 9:42 pm

    I can definitely never get enough pumpkin recipes! Loving that these are healthier!

  30. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — October 2, 2013 @ 11:01 pm

    I need these in my life, Maria! :)

  31. ashley - Baker by Nature — October 3, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

    Healthy cookies = breakfast cookies… right?! Love these!

  32. Rachel — October 3, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    YUM! Love pumpkin and coconut oil! Can never have enough pumpkin recipes (especially healthy ones)!!

  33. Jessica — October 3, 2013 @ 8:51 pm

    Thank you for making a vegan version! I’m making them this weekend :-)

  34. Simone — October 4, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    I made these last night and they are the CUTEST little cookies. I even put mini chocolate chips in them [and I added walnuts]. I love how soft they are.

  35. Kathy — October 5, 2013 @ 8:24 am

    I can’t wait to try these! I love that they are healthy, vegan and pumpkin!

  36. Tanya — October 5, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

    I made these today and they are scrumptious. BUT, they came out very crumbly. Any ideas why that might have happened?

  37. Meaghan — October 5, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

    I had just this much pumpkin left over after making pumpkin spice coffee syrup and being vegan I thought I would try. Absolutely Yummy !

  38. Jane — October 6, 2013 @ 9:42 pm

    Yours look lovely!
    I just tried these, but everything came out quite dry – I must have done something wrong! When I was mixing the batter it was already super dry, so I tried to add a bit of milk, do you think that screwed everything up?

  39. Marit — October 7, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

    I like that these are (or at least look!) smaller and bite size!

  40. Mary Marshall — October 10, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

    YUM! So good :)

    I was making them for my in-laws so I used Bob’s Mill all-purpose gluten-free flour, and it worked out great! Using the Enjoy Life mini-chips also helped spread the chocolately love through every bite.

    These were so soft and fluffy and will definitely be a keeper in our household…year round!

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