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.

Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies

5 from 39 votes
These delicious oatmeal pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips are healthy, vegan and can easily be made gluten-free. Perfect for satisfying your pumpkin cravings!
A white bowl filled with pumpkin oatmeal cookies.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 24

Ingredients

  • 1 cup spelt, whole wheat pastry or all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin or homemade pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ Tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • ¼ cup vegan dark chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1Cookie Calories: 88kcal Carbohydrates: 15g Protein: 1g Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 2g Sodium: 68mg Potassium: 40mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 8g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin cookie

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    124 comments
    1. Melissa
      January 13, 2022 AT 3:56 pm

      Can I use an egg instead of the flax?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 17, 2022 AT 6:58 pm

        Yes, an egg in place of the flax should work just fine!!

    2. Melissa
      November 22, 2021 AT 2:22 pm

      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. Brittany Mullins
        November 23, 2021 AT 11:07 am

        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!

    3. Amanda B
      November 14, 2021 AT 6:55 pm

      5 stars
      These are delicious! Even my husband likes them and he doesn’t usually like anything with pumpkin. Yummy!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 15, 2021 AT 10:33 am

        Ah yay! So happy to her these cookies were a hit, Amanda! Thanks so much for letting me know. I so appreciate the feedback :).

    4. Elena Cody
      October 28, 2021 AT 9:10 pm

      5 stars
      These hit all the spots! I used ground chia seed and yogurt (only because my roommate doesn’t eat eggs) and it worked just fine. So delish! The pumpkin and chocolate chip combination is wonderful. Will definitely be making again!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 29, 2021 AT 10:47 am

        Woo! So pumped to hear these cookies were a hit even with the substitutions. Thanks for the review, Elena. I really appreciate it!

    5. Allison C
      October 23, 2021 AT 4:14 pm

      4 stars
      Really like the flavor of these. Next time I’ll add raisins instead of the chocolate chips. I also iced a bunch these and the pumpkin flavor shinned through. Will definitely make again.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 25, 2021 AT 11:07 am

        Woo!! Happy to hear you enjoyed these oatmeal pumpkin cookies, Allison. Thanks so much for the review!

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