These gluten-free, vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are light, fluffy, and brimming with warm pumpkin spice. They're also free of refined sugar.
Packed with oat flour, and a whole can of pumpkin, these pumpkin cookies are a healthy treat, snack, or even breakfast.
And, I can't blame you if you're making them non-stop. Nothing says fall like a thick and soft pumpkin cookie oozing with dark chocolate.
You'll love this recipe because:
- It's a seasonal favorite with just the right amount of pumpkin-spiced flavor.
- It's healthy, egg-free, dairy-free, and has no flour.
- It can be made oil-free too.
Here's how to make gluten-free, vegan pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips:
Start by making your flax eggs and set them aside for 10 minutes to thicken. You'll need two bowls for this recipe. In the first bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients: oat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. In the second bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, syrup, oil or applesauce, and flax eggs once they've thickened.
Next, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir with a spatula until thoroughly combined and no floury bits remain at the bottom of the bowl.
Add the dark chocolate chips and stir again to incorporate the chocolate chips evenly throughout the batter.
This will be a very wet dough. Once all the ingredients are combined, allow the batter to rest for 10 minutes so that the oat flour can absorb some of the moisture. This will help the pumpkin cookies hold their shape when they're scooped onto the tray for baking.
Use a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop (or a good old spoon) and scoop even-sized balls of dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes, or until they spring back when pressed lightly. These pumpkin cookies have a cake-like texture and will be the same shape as when you put them in the oven. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Expert Tips & Tricks
- These pumpkin cookies are made with oat flour. You can make your own by grinding whole oats in a blender until powdered or buy oat flour already ground. Making your own oat flour is easy and much less expensive than buying it already ground, but either one will work.
- I usually make these with oil to add some fat to my diet, but substituting applesauce works just as well if you're avoiding oil.
- These pumpkin cookies are low in sugar and contain only about a teaspoon of maple syrup per cookie. The dark chocolate chips give them extra sweetness. But, if you like things a little sweeter, you can add up to ¼ cup of coconut or other granulated sugar without affecting the dough.
- I highly recommend using a 1.5-2 tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop the dough. This will give you evenly portioned cookies and give them a nice rounded dome. If the dough becomes too sticky while scooping the cookies, place the cookie scoop in a glass of water every few cookies.
- This will stop the dough from sticking.
- These cookies do not spread, so you can place them close together on the cookie sheet.
So, what are you waiting for? These pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are waiting for you. Make them. Eat them. Enjoy!
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan & Gluten Free)
- 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- ½ cup + 1 tablespoon water
- 3 cups oat flour*
- 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
- ¾ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 15-ounce can (1 ¾ cups) pumpkin puree
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup oil OR applesauce**
- ¾ cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- Make the flax eggs by whisking together the ground flax with the water. Set aside for 10 minutes to thicken.
- In a large bowl whisk together the oat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Set aside.
- In a medium sized bowl whisk together the pumpkin, syrup, oil or applesauce, and flax eggs once they’ve thickened. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir with a spatula until thoroughly combined and no floury bits remain at the bottom of the bowl. Add the dark chocolate chips and stir again to incorporate the chocolate chips evenly throughout the batter.
- This will be a very wet dough. Once all the ingredients are combined allow the batter to rest for 10 minutes so that the oat flour can absorb some of the moisture. This will help the cookies hold their shape when they’re scooped onto the tray for baking.
- Use a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop (or a good old spoon) and scoop even sized balls of dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes, or until they spring back when pressed lightly. These cookies have a cake-like texture and will be the same shape as when you put them in the oven. Move to a wire rack and allow to cool. Or if you can't wait that long, just go ahead and...EAT IT!
Looks fabulous! I'll have to add these to my menu 🙂
Thanks Katie! That’s awesome. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
These sound delicious! We are not vegan. Can we use eggs? If yes how many?
Yes you can! Use 2 large eggs in place of the flax eggs.
Kimbra M Wellnitz
Made a double batch of these for my kids to snack on...they lasted 3 days...another win by Maggie! They all commented how they loved the texture, but given how fast they disappeared..I'm guessing the taste was also loved!
These don't last long around our house either! Definitely worth making a double batch. Glad they loved them!
Thanks for the great recipe. We enjoyed the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies very much!
I am so happy to hear that! These are a favorite in our household too. Thanks for the feedback!
I can’t have flaxseed, could I substitute ground chia seeds instead?
Hi Sophie, Yes, ground chia seeds will work just fine! Enjoy!