Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies



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These delicious oatmeal pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips are healthy, vegan and can easily be made gluten-free. Perfect for satisfying your pumpkin cravings!

It’s pumpkin season! Truth be told, I am that girl that wants to make pumpkin goodies all year round because I love it so much but I definitely get an extra craving in the fall.

I have a ton of pumpkin baked goods recipes on the blog including these vegan pumpkin muffins and this pumpkin bread, but I didn’t have any pumpkin cookie recipes… until now!

A white bowl filled with pumpkin oatmeal cookies.

Why I Love These Cookies

These oatmeal pumpkin cookies are vegan, have less than 90 calories and 8 grams of sugar each and they’re GOOD – like really good!

They’re a little on the cakey side (pumpkin tends to do that to baked goods), but they have a nice chewy cookie texture from the oats. The coconut sugar lends a lovely molasses flavor to each bite and of course, the chocolate chips are sweet and delightful. Overall, they’re quite the cookie and definitely a must-make this fall!

Ingredients measured out to make oatmeal pumpkin cookies: coconut oil, oats, coconut sugar, pumpkin, whole wheat flour, vegan chocolate chips, flaxseed, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and vanilla.

Here’s What You Need

  • flour – you can use spelt, whole wheat pastry or all-purpose flour for this recipe! I prefer to use whole wheat pastry flour because it’s lighter than all-purpose flour, is packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals and is really easy to bake with. If you need to make these cookies gluten-free, gluten-free all-purpose flour will work.
  • old fashioned rolled oats – I recommend using rolled oats for this recipe (I like Bob’s Red Mill rolled oats), but quick oats will also work. Oats are naturally gluten-free, but are easily cross contaminated so make sure to grab certified gluten-free oats if needed.
  • ground cinnamon and nutmeg – the perfect fall spice pairings for these cookies!
  • baking soda – this helps the cookies to rise.
  • sea salt – a touch of salt really helps the other flavors in this recipe pop!
  • pumpkin puree – you can use canned pumpkin puree or make homemade pumpkin puree. If you’re using store bought, just make sure it’s not pumpkin pie filling because it’s loaded with added sugars.
  • coconut sugar – I love using coconut sugar because it’s a natural sugar with a bit more nutrition, but regular white sugar will work as well.
  • coconut oil –  this adds healthy fat and helps bind the cookies together.
  • ground flaxseed – flaxseed adds healthy fat and fiber to the cookies and also acts as an egg substitute to help bind the cookies together.
  • vanilla extract – a delicious flavor enhancer for these cookies.
  • dark chocolate chips – I like using Lily’s chocolate chips because they are sugar-free and low in calories.
Six process photos showing how to make oatmeal pumpkin cookies: mixing the dry ingredients, the wet ingredients, mixing them together and adding chocolate chips and then baking the cookies.

How to Make Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies

These cookies couldn’t be any easier to make! Start by mixing together your dry ingredients in a large bowl. Then combine your wet ingredients in a separate bowl, combine the two and gently fold in your chocolate chips.

Scoop rounded Tablespoons onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, press the dough down slightly into a cookie shape and bake! How easy is that?!

A close up of 6 baked pumpkin oatmeal cookies on a sheet of parchment paper.

Optional Mix-ins

I like to mix chocolate chips into my cookies because pumpkin + chocolate = the best combo ever! That said, feel free to skip the chocolate chips or swap them out for another mix-in. Here are some ideas:

  • dried fruit – these pumpkin cookies would be delicious with dried cranberries or dates mixed in.
  • chopped nuts – if you like nuts in your cookies, add a handful to this batter! I recommend walnuts or pecans, but any nut will do.
A piece of parchment paper with 9 cookies neatly in rows. There are extra chocolate chips sprinkled around the cookies.

How to Store Pumpkin Cookies

Allow the cookies to cool completely on a wire rack before transferring to an airtight container for storage. If the cookies are still slightly warm before storing, there will be condensation in the container which means soggy cookies… no one wants soggy cookies! Store at room temperature for up to 5 days, in the refrigerator for up to a week or put them in the freezer for up to three months.

More Oatmeal Cookies to Try

Be sure to check out the full collection of pumpkin recipes and all my dessert recipes here on EBF.

4.46 from 77 votes

Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies

These delicious oatmeal pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips are healthy, vegan and can easily be made gluten-free. Perfect for satisfying your pumpkin cravings!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes
Servings: 24



  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Stir together dry ingredients (flour, oats, cinnamon, baking soda, sea salt, nutmeg) in a mixing bowl.
    Dry ingredients mixed together with a golden spoon inside a bowl.
  • Mix together wet ingredients (pumpkin, sugar, coconut oil, flaxseed and vanilla) in a separate mixing bowl.
    Wet ingredients mixed together in a mixing bowl with a golden spoon resting inside the bowl.
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients.
    Mixing bowl with chocolate chips mixed into the cookie dough. A golden spoon rests inside the bowl.
  • Stir in chocolate chips. Mix well.
    Mixing bowl with chocolate chips resting on top of cookie dough. A golden spoon rests inside the bowl.
  • Drop rounded Tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet. Press cookie dough down into a cookie shape with a spoon or your fingers. The cookies won't spread very much so you can space them about 1 inch apart.
    Overhead shot of 20 cookies, ready to go into the oven.
  • Bake for 15-16 minutes.
  • Move cookies to a wire rack and cool completely before eating or transferring to a storage container for later consumption.
  • Store at room temperature for up to 5 days, in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to three months.


  • Flour: Use all-purpose gluten-free flour to make these gluten-free.
  • Oats: You can use quick oats instead of rolled oats if needed. 
  • Sugar: Cane or white sugar will work instead of coconut sugar. 


Serving: 1Cookie | Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin cookie
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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve been making these cookies since I found the eating bird food Instagram page. My family loves these. I’ll be making them year round. I use carbquick instead of spelt and they turn out great.

    1. Woo!! So happy to hear you loved these cookies, Melissa! Thanks so much for making them and coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

  2. 5 stars
    Made them this morning for breakfast since I was running out of bread and they were perfect with my cup of coffee. Thanks for sharing! I’ll be trying your other recipes

    1. Woo! I’m so glad these cookies worked out for you, Maria. I appreciate you coming back to leave a review and star rating.

    1. I haven’t tried it, so I’m not 100% sure. The cookies might turn out denser or more crumbly, but I bet it would work. Let me know if you end up trying oat flour and how they turn out.

  3. 5 stars
    Wow! I made these cookies today and they turned out amazing! The gf flour I used (king Arthur brand) worked perfectly, and I don’t have flax seed so I just used an egg, sooo good!! I’ve been looking for a good pumpkin cookie recipe for so long and this is perfect!

    1. AH YAY! I am so happy that you are enjoying this recipe, Elizabeth. It sounds like your substitutions worked out perfectly. Thank you for your review & star rating, I so appreciate it!

      1. 5 stars
        This was the perfect amount of pumpkin to use up the can if you had another recipe that called for only one cup of the can. That was my original mission when I searched for this recipe, but this will now be a go to recipe! I was able to mix these up while my toddler was eating lunch. She and I both loved the cookies.

        1. Aw yay! I am so glad this recipe is a hit for you and your daughter, Anna. Thank you so much for your review and star rating, I really appreciate it!

  4. 5 stars
    Made these and loved them! We used white chocolate chips instead but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. They were a hit and will be made again! I love that they are nut-free so they are also perfect for school lunches!

    1. AH YAY! I am so excited to hear that this recipe is a hit, Britney. Thank you so much for sharing your review & star rating, I really appreciate it!

    1. YESS! They are the perfect combination. Thank you so much for sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate you being here!

  5. 5 stars
    These cookies are delicious. I was looking for something I could eat as a diabetic.I even forgot to add the chocolate chips. It didn’t matter.They are so good1

    1. Ah yay! I m so glad that you are loving this recipe, Karen. Thank you so much for coming back and sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!

  6. 5 stars
    Mine turned out great even though I modified a little and I forgot to put in the vanilla even though I had it out ready to put in.

    1. I am so glad these turned out great for you and that you enjoyed them. Thank you for your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!

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