Pumpkin cookies are a great fall treat, or they can be eaten anytime you’re in the mood. The great part is that pumpkin itself is on the list of Paleo foods you can eat, so it’s only a matter of cutting out the flour, which is made from grains, and the sugar which is a definite no-no. Here are a handful of recipes to keep you well stocked for autumn fun.
1. Healthy Paleo Pumpkin Cookies
You’ve just got to love these cookies because they follow the Paleo guidelines perfect, nixing any grains and added sugars, and using pure ingredients like raw cacao, almond flour, and coconut butter. You’re left with all of the buttery and pumpkin taste that you’d expect from traditional pumpkin cookies, but your body doesn’t have to wrestle with the gluten and other ingredients found in them. Cinnamon and a touch of sea salt really round things out so you get a salty sweet and buttery cookie without the guilt.They’re using liquid stevia for the sweetness which helps avoid the need for sugar.
2. Pumpkin Banana Spice Cookies
If you want to add another layer of flavor to your pumpkin cookies, this is the way to do it. By adding banana to the mix you’re also adding its nutritional benefits, such as a strong dose of potassium and a good amount of fiber. The pumpkin already provides some fiber, but it’s nice to get a boost since fiber plays a key role in the Paleo diet. You’ll want to be sure to get enough vegetables and some fruit each day to keep your digestive system happy. They say the raw honey is optional, but we’d suggest it because it will provide these cookies with a natural source of sweet.
3. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake Cookies
These cookies are really combining two cookies into one, and if you love the taste of chocolate chip cookies and wanted to merge them with pumpkin cookies you’ve come to the right place. They’re referring to these as cake cookies, so they’re going to have a lighter, fluffier consistency than an ordinary cookie. The use of coconut flour is what gives them this lighter consistency. The chocolate chips that they’re suggesting are free of any dairy, any nuts, and any soy ingredients, so you don’t have to feel bad about eating them.
4. Paleo Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies
These cookies are fun because you’re given license to add in your own mix-ins, so you can really make these however you want. But the base ingredients remain the same, and it’s a great go-to pumpkin cookie recipe that you can doctor up as you see fit. In their example they’re using Paleo-approved chocolate chips and raw pumpkin seeds among others, and it shows you just how nutty and chocolatey you can make these. Pumpkin seeds are a nice touch, and fittingly used in a pumpkin cookie recipe, not to mention they’re totally healthy and one seed that should be consumed for its healthy fats.
5. Pumpkin Kiss Cookies
If you thought chocolate wasn’t allowed on Paleo, guess again. You just have to be sure to use the right kind of chocolate. You want to use dark chocolate, and make sure that the percentage of actual chocolate is high, in this case they’re using 75%. They’re also making sure to use unsweetened coconut flakes, so you can see that the attention to detail is there and the sugar content has been kept to a minimum. Aside from all of that they’ve made sure to use traditional ingredients like cinnamon and allspice to make sure these taste amazing.
6. Pumpkin Raisin Grain Free Cookies
Although grains are just one of the things you’ll want to avoid when making pumpkin cookies, this recipe does a good job of using ingredients that are all natural, and part of the Paleo food guide. Take for example the honey used in place of sugar, or the coconut used to give it a hint of flavor. In lieu of all-purpose flour generally used in baking they’re using both almond flour and arrowroot flour, so you are avoiding the use of grain products while still getting a cookie that bakes up just the way you’d expect.