Pumpkin surely does not have a season in my household! In the puree form, it is the perfect addition to baked goods. In some recipes, it can even replace the oil or butter (a.k.a the fat ingredient), much like applesauce! It is an incredibly versatile ingredient that also provides some amazing nutritional benefits. Vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, potassium and dietary fiber are some of the most abundant nutrients that you will benefit from consuming this tasty autumn-tending squash.
One of my favorite things to do in the kitchen is make up my own recipes. I generally just start throwing things in a bowl and then bake it in the oven for who knows how long, but this time I wrote it all down! The product? A delicious fiber and protein packed cookie! I usually consume these as a snack, but have also been known to grab a couple for breakfast with some greek yogurt 🙂
What you will need (full recipe below):
- rolled or quick oats
- whole wheat flour
- multipurpose protein powder (or flavor of your choice)
- pumpkin puree
- apple sauce
- vanilla extract
- baking powder
- semi sweet or dark chocolate chips (I like to use the mini-chips)
- optional: granulated sweetener of choice
For these cookies, I chose to make them rather large. With the protein cookie trend more evident than ever (e.g. Lenny and Larry’s, etc), I wanted to make my own, healthier homemade version. The recipe makes 12 cookies, with 6 fitting on a standard cookie sheet (pictured below).
They are baked at 350º F for approximated 15minutes. They should be firm through the center and will only get a touch golden brown color on the bottoms.
I recommend storing these bad boys in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. Another option is to make them in bulk and freeze to enjoy for longer!
Check out the nutrition label below for the single cookie, and whole batch breakdown. If you end up making more or less than 12 cookies (smaller or larger sized cookies) then simply divide the yield by the numbers in the right column to get your single cookie breakdown!
Quick, easy, tasty and nutritious! Can’t get much better than that! Check out the full recipe below, try them out, and let me know what you think!