10.17.2014

Vegan and Grain-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

This fall, for some odd reason, I have been majorly craving pumpkin. I'm not generally a huge pumpkin lover, except for pumpkin cookies, so this craving has been foreign to me. Our eating habits have changed drastically in our household. I used to make fun of people who ate like me, but here I am, embracing the lifestyle. I wont even get into all the diseases and health problems that I believe are associated with processed crap on the market. We avoid processed foods as much as possible. Which has made satisfying my pumpkin cravings a little more difficult.

I've been browsing the internet for healthier versions of fall favorites and stumbled upon THIS recipe from Popsugar. I vowed to try it sometime.

Last night though, my craving became really intense and just before it was time to put the kiddies to bed, I decided I had to make some pumpkin cookies, NOW!

I made a few adaptations because of lack of ingredients. You can try the Popsugar recipe, but I figured I would share my own version, too. Just in case.


I have to say, although they're not true pumpkin cookies, they are still pretty good. I was impressed. 

Ingredients:
1 cup creamy almond butter (my almond butter is a little crunchy, which I actually found to be a neat addition to the cookies...)
1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I just realized I skipped this step on accident and they still turned out fine...I wonder how much better they would have been with it? oops...)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Don't skip this step, they're sticky. 
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Add the chocolate chips last.
spoon onto cookie sheet and bake 12-15 minutes or until set. 

The recipe said it would make 2 dozen cookies and I only got 13 out of the recipe.... so I don't know if I made mine too large (they're small in my opinion, the Popsugar ones must be bite size) or what, but I also had to bake them for almost 20 minutes. Mine also turned out prettier than the original recipe. Theirs looks like baby poop. But, to each their own. 

Enjoy! 

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