Happy #NationalCookieDay! I don’t know about you, but the fact that October and November have come and gone does not mean that I am over pumpkin spice season. Call me Basic if you must, but my pumpkin cravings have yet to subside.
I am a sweets girl all the way. I have tried everything to kick my sweet tooth to the curb, but that sweet tooth has Hulk-like strength and is apparently not going anywhere! So to combat it as best I can, I am always trying to come up with healthier and cleaner (i.e. simple, whole ingredients) versions of desserts.
Enter this recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Protein Cookies that I pretty much made up on the fly with limited ingredients I had on hand at the time. By the way, I have zero background in cooking, baking, or recipe-making. I just really love food and nutrition and the two do not always go hand in hand. I often find myself scrolling endlessly on Pinterest or Google for recipes to suit my needs and can’t always come up with something. So I either combine a couple recipes, pick one and modify it significantly, or just give up and make up my own.
Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Protein Cookies
- 2 Bananas, mashed
- 1/2 cup Pure pumpkin puree (make sure not to use pumpkin pie filling because this has lots of added sugars!)
- 1 tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 2 tbsp raw, organic honey or maple syrup
- 2 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder (I use vegan vanilla protein powder or Vital Proteins collagen powder, which is flavorless and great for baking)
- 1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Chips (I use Enjoy Life dairy-free chips)
- 2 cups Oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free oats)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix together.
Drop spoonfuls of dough onto baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.
Let cool for 5 minutes before eating. Enjoy!
Store in sealed container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Depending on the oats and protein you use, you may have to increase the oats. Go by consistency, if the dough is too wet, then add more.
The great thing about these cookies is that they can easily double as a healthy, guilt-free snack because the protein helps make them a bit more filling and satisfying! If you do decide to make them, please let me know and tag me (@courtneyleakoch) in any pictures!
Questions of the day: What’s your favorite sweet treat? Do you modify recipes or are you a by-the-book recipe follower?