I love pumpkin. I love oatmeal cookies. I love these pumpkin oatmeal cookies; but I can’t leave anything alone. This weekend; I modified this recipe and the results were amazing. I have mentioned before that I bought some Chia seeds a few months back; thinking I’d jump on the overnight oats wagon. Well; overnight oats were definitely not for me (ew. soupy cold oatmeal. why did I think that would be tasty?) I figured I was just going to be stuck with Chia seeds…but then I decided to try using them like flax seeds and it’s been love since then. Chia seeds are so healthy too!
I love chocolate in cookies; but chocolate is full of sugar (and fat); so I try to only use chocolate in recipes where oil and tons of sugar isn’t already involved (well, unless it’s the holidays or the treats aren’t for me). Enter: raw cocoa nibs. These provide TONS of chocolate flavor without any additional sugar or cocoa butter added to them. I also figured since these were pumpkin cookies, pumpkin seeds were appropriate as well.
Preheat the oven to 350. Grease two pans or line with parchment paper or a slipmat. If you don’t grease the pans or use a liner of some sort; your cookies will stick to the pan.
Mix in a medium-small bowl and set aside:
1 c light spelt flour
1/2 c + 3 T rolled oats
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1 t pumpkin pie spice
Mix in a large bowl:
1/2 c date sugar, sucanat or brown sugar
1/3 c white sugar
1/2 c pumpkin, acorn squash, or sweet potato puree
1/2 t vanilla
1 T chia seeds
3 T cocoa bean nibs
Mix until well combined; then stir in dry ingredients. If your batter is too dry, add a tablespoon or so of pumpkin to this mixture. I didn’t have to; but pureed hard squashes vary in water content based on brand and how you acquired the puree (steaming versus roasting). When this mixture is well incorporated, stir in
1/4 c chopped walnuts
1/4 c hulled pumpkin seeds (green)
1/4 c golden raisins
Drop by the tablespoon full on your cookie sheet. These don’t really spread so they can be pretty close to each other. Bake for 14 minutes. I got exactly 27 cookies out of this.
These aren’t the *prettiest* cookies in the world; mostly because of the flecks of cocoa beans and chia seeds; but they taste incredible and my officemates kept asking why they tasted like chocolate but they couldn’t see any chocolate chips. No picture…because I forgot and most of these disappeared before I rememberd.