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.
- Dry ingredients:
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or use a gluten-free baking mix to make this gluten-free)
- ¾ cups brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- ⅛ teaspoon cloves
- Wet ingredients:
- 1½ cups pumpkin puree
- 1 cup unsweetened nondairy milk
- 2 tablespoons ground flax mixed with 4 tablespoons warm water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Oil 3 cookie sheets (or cover them in parchement so you don’t have to use added oil).
- Mix the dry ingredients in a medium bowl, then mix the wet ingredients in a small bowl.
- Add the wet mixture to the dry one, adding up to an additional ½ cup milk if the mixture is too thick, then gently fold in the chocolate chips.
- Using a small cookie scoop (1 to 1½ tablespoons) scoop cookies about 1 inch apart and bake for 10 to 15 minutes depending on how soft or crunchy you like your cookies. (Cook longer to make them crunchy.)
This recipe makes 3 dozen so there’s plenty to share with your neighbors and their kids for a homemade Halloween treat.