Soft and chewy vegan pumpkin oatmeal cookies are a great way to use up leftover pumpkin puree. The added cinnamon and pumpkin spice make these cookies the perfect fall-flavored treat. Add chocolate chips, dried fruit or your favorite chopped nuts. This one-bowl vegan oatmeal cookie recipe is easy-to-make and excellent for snack time, bake sales, and family dessert!
Last year I made my vegan pumpkin banana bread as a family fall treat.
This year I wanted to switch it up and create a pumpkin cookie recipe. So I came up with these vegan pumpkin oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips.
They’re soft on the inside with a pleasantly crisp edge.
Definitely this year's fall favorite sweet!
How to make vegan pumpkin oatmeal cookies
Vegan cookies are usually easy-to-make and this recipe is no exception. It’s a one-bowl, one utensil kinda cookie recipe.
So, let’s get started on making these fall-inspired pumpkin cookies!
Start by adding all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
Mix them together until they are completely combined.
Tip: Be sure to use the "spoon and level" method when measuring out the flour. However, the coconut sugar can be packed OR loosely added to the measuring cup depending on your preferred level of sweetness.
Now, add the oil and pumpkin puree to the bowl.
Mix everything together until the cookie dough is just combined.
Tip: This step is best done with a rigid utensil. I like to use a stiff rubber spatula, but a wooden spoon works great as well.
Add the chocolate chips (or you preferred mix-in) to the bowl.
Fold them into the dough until everything is well blended.
At this point, the cookie dough can be formed and baked right away, or chilled for 25 minutes for easier handling.
I’m impatient and normally move right into shaping and baking the pumpkin cookies. I find using a pair of food-grade disposable gloves makes the process less messy!
To form the cookies, gather 2 level Tablespoons of dough and stick the flat bottoms together as pictured above.
Place the dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet and use your palm to gently flatten the dough. Then, use your fingers to round-out and shape the edge of the cookies.
For cookies with a chewy center and crisp edge, bake at 375ºF for 12 minutes. For an extra chewy center and less crispy edge, lower the bake time to 10 minutes.
Tip: You can always make smaller cookies using a cookie scoop or single Tablespoon, but the cooking time may need to be adjusted accordingly.
What kind of oats do I use?
My favorite oats to use in oatmeal cookies are instant oats. They bake up soft and tender and they're less noticeable in the cookies than rolled oats.
If you only have rolled oats or prefer rolled variety, simply replace the instant oats with an equal amount of rolled.
Fresh or canned pumpkin puree?
These pumpkin oatmeal cookies can be made with canned or fresh pumpkin puree, as long as the puree is thick with minimal moisture. Too much extra moisture will cause the pumpkin oatmeal cookies to become sticky rather than chewy, and we don’t want that!
I went with a canned organic pumpkin puree from my local Sprouts Market. It was pretty thick to begin with so I used it 'as is' with great cookie-texture results.
You can make your own pumpkin puree, but that’s a whole other blog post. If you ARE interested in making your own, this how to make pumpkin puree video is super helpful.
What to do if your puree is thin
If your pumpkin puree is thin, runny, or has liquid on top when you open the can, you’ll want to remove most of the excess moisture.
You can do this by gathering the pumpkin puree in cheesecloth and gently squeezing out the moisture. Or place it on a few paper towels and pat-out the excess moisture.
Spruce up these pumpkin oatmeal cookies with a mix-in
I added chocolate chips because I know it means my daughter will devour them. Anything with chocolate chips and she’s in!
However, you can leave the cookies plain, top them with vanilla icing, or add one of the below mix-ins.
- chocolate chips
- dried cranberries
- chopped pecans
- chopped walnuts
- macadamia nuts
- pumpkin seeds
- sunflower seeds
- chocolate chunks
- coconut shreds
- hemp hearts
Baking tips for pumpkin oatmeal cookies
- The turbinado sugar can be replaced with cane sugar or any granulated sugar. However, I do suggest powdering it for the best texture, although it is not completely necessary.
- The cookies don’t spread very much while baking. They'll need to be flattened with your palm or bottom of a glass before transferring them to the oven.
- Bake the cookies on the top rack to prevent them from over-browning on the bottoms. Unless you like browned bottom cookies, then feel free to bake them on the lower rack.
- If the cookie dough seems oily and unmanageable, chill it in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes before handling.
- For extra soft, super chewy cookies, bake them for only 10 minutes.
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- 1 and 1/2 cups quick oats oats
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
- 4 Tablespoons turbinado sugar, powdered*
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
- Preheat your oven to 375ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl mix together all the dry ingredients (except the chocolate chips).
- Add the oil and pumpkin puree to the bowl.
- Mix just until the cookie dough comes together.
- Fold in the chocolate chips or other mix-ins.
- Measure out 2 Tablespoons of dough (or use a cookie scoop to collect the dough). Place the dough on the prepared baking sheet. Flatten and slightly shape the cookies to keep their roundness.
- Bake at 375ºF for 12 minutes on the top rack.
- Remove the pumpkin oatmeal cookies from the oven and allow them to cool for 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.
- Store in an airtight bag or container for 3-4 days on the counter or up to a week in the fridge.
- Powdering the larger turbinado sugar crystals creates a smoother cookie texture. Use a coffee grinder, Nutri-bullet or equivalent to powder the sugar before measuring.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 13 cookies Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 97Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 63mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g