Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


These homemade treats are full of pumpkin and whole grains. That makes them perfect for Halloween and Food Day. (I can’t pass up a chance to add a little Halloween twist this time of the year!)

This is my first year being aware of Food Day, but it seems to fit in with all the things I hold dear. I buy from local farmers who treat their workers well and pay a living wage whenever I can.  And nothing makes me happier than helping people make their favorite recipes healthier.

Halloween is not the healthiest of holidays and cookies are not the healthiest of foods. But you can make a few small changes and move the healthy dial up a few notches.

You already know I’m keen on whole wheat pastry flour which adds some fiber . The ground flax mixed with water makes a perfect egg substitute and is high in many B vitamins and is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. So those alone make this cookie worth taking a look at.

Want to healthy these cookies up even more? Use 1/2 the amount of brown sugar and about 1/4 teaspoon stevia – or use all stevia (1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon) and a little extra flour (or less nondairy milk) to make the texture just right. You can also find chocolate chips that are grain-sweetened if you want to remove all the processed sugar out of them.

This recipe makes 3 dozen so there’s plenty to share with your neighbors and their kids for a homemade Halloween treat.

  • http://twitter.com/keyingredient Key Ingredient

    We’d add in a bit of nutmeg to really emphasize how autumnal these cookies are!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1335773451 Kathy Hester

    That’s a good idea and cardamom would be tasty too as it is in everything ; )

  • http://www.facebook.com/lauren.zembron Lauren Breecker Zembron

    I adore baking with pumpkin, and these whole wheat cookies look perfect… all without any oil or butter!

  • Karen Faivre

    Now that’s my kind of cookie! Love all that whole wheat and pumpkin.

  • http://twitter.com/keyingredient Key Ingredient

    We didn’t think about that! Good idea…hopefully we’ll get around to making these soon and can test drive those spices!

  • http://twitter.com/NativeAmy Amy

    I swear I don’t see an actual recipe here – am I missing something??

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1335773451 Kathy Hester

    The widget has been in and out today due to a technical issue. I also have it written out on my blog here: http://healthyslowcooking.com/2012/10/24/whole-wheat-pumpkin-chocolate-chip-cookies/

  • Denise

    Kathy, you must made healthy sound even more exciting. Love pumpkin and chocolate together.