A friend of mine recently sent me this neat paleo pumpkin spice no-bake cookie recipe from plaidandpaleo.com to check out. She served them at a party and they were a big, healthy hit! In the midst of attempting to make them, I took the liberty to change a few things, as I’m not really a paleo eater and, while I liked the pumpkin, I wanted a more normal no-bake cookie experience. So while these pumpkin no bake cookies are no longer paleo, they are still pretty darn healthy and delicious. Welcome to my easy Healthy Pumpkin Cookies Recipe that requires absolutely no baking!
In my opinion, these pumpkin no bake cookies are even easier to make than normal no-bake cookies, and the recipe doesn’t use any granulated sugar, but instead sweetens with honey and vanilla.
The same friend who sent me the recipe also is a fabulous dabbler in the kitchen and makes homemade almond butter. She had given me a jar of almond butter for my birthday, and I decided to use it in this pumpkin no back cookies recipe for extra complementary flavor.
Since I’m not a fan of coconut, I switched out the shredded coconut for rolled oats.
Then, in honor of fall, I paired the flavors of pumpkin and cranberry by adding a handful of cranberries to the concoction.
Last but not least, I melted chocolate chips and drizzled them over these Pumpkin-Cranberry No-Bake Cookies to offset the tangy cranberries with a tad of sweet.
Easy Recipe For Pumpkin No-Bake Cookies
Makes about 16 cookies
Pumpkin-Cranberry No-Bake Cookie Ingredients:
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup almond butter (or peanut butter)
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups oats
- 1/2 cup cranberries
- 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 cup melted chocolate chips for topping (optional)
If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, use a ¼ tsp of cloves, allspice, ginger, and nutmeg and ½ tsp of cinnamon.
How To Make Pumpkin No-Bake Cookies:
Add all the ingredients except for oats, chocolate, and cranberries into a large microwave-safe mixing bowl. Warm for twenty or seconds and mix together. Add cranberries and oats, then drop onto parchment-lined cookie sheet, drizzle with chocolate, and set in fridge for 2 hours.
They stay quite moist and therefore are a bit more crumbly than typical no-bakes, but they do hold together. As the oats soak up most of the liquid, they don’t pool into cookie shape, so I molded them with my fingers before drizzling with chocolate and setting in the fridge to cool. Although they’re no longer paleo, these Pumpkin No-Bake Cookies are a very fun, healthy fall twist to a dessert favorite!
Printable Pumpkin No Bake Cookie Recipe:
Are you a no-bake fan? What’s your favorite twist on no-bake cookies?
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