Moist, delicious pumpkin cookies with no added fats and sweetened only with the goodness of pure maple syrup and fruit?!
They really don’t taste like cardboard??
Yes, yes…you aren’t dreaming.
I’m often blown away by the massive amount of sweeteners called for in many cookie and dessert recipes. I think the sweetener in most cookie recipes could at least be cut in half and still taste positively delightful.
Now, don’t get me wrong, unlike some, I don’t feel that sugar is evil or anything. In fact, I’d much rather have REAL sugar instead of a fake chemical any day…but that’s a different soap box for a different blog.
That being said, I also don’t see a need to overdo it. I think if you lay low on the sweetener you’ll give yourself a chance to notice the other spices and nuances of your cookies and sweets. I know my hubby kept raving about all the different flavors he experienced each time he took a bite of these little gems…and I couldn’t help but agree.
So, what was my inspiration for this one?
Well, a good friend of mine gave me some quinoa flakes that I have been itching to experiment with in the kitchen. We also had made a batch of nom-worthy pumpkin pie mousse frozen yogurt, so I had half a can of pumpkin on my hands.
It had been awhile since I’d had a really good cookie.
I really like cookies.
The rest, as they say, is history..beautiful, scrumptious history…
Whole Grain Pumpkin Raisin Cookies
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 cup quinoa flakes (I’m sure rolled oats would work well, too!)
- 1/4 cup date sugar
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup raisins
- about 3/4 cup pure pumpkin (1/2 15 oz. can)
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 15 raw almonds (optional)
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
I like my cookies to be soft and moist. If you prefer crispy cookies, you could make smaller, flatter rounds…which would also yield a few more cookies.
What’s your favorite cookie? Oatmeal raisin? Double chocolate chip? Peanut Butter? Oooooo, or how about peanut butter chocolate chip (not that I’m bias or anything)??
Any recipe you’d like me to give a healthy makeover? Let me know in the comments! Happy nomming!