Pumpkin Chocolate Cookies

So I’ve been MIA for what seems like the longest time. Things have definitely changed around here. I don’t eat bread. Or diary, legumes, and sugar. I am full throttle into the Paleo craze. Except it’s not really a trendy thing. Just a thing that is happening for the foreseeable future. Its actually really great knowing that I’m not feeding myself with crap anymore. I read nutrition label like a little kid learning to read for the first time: voraciously. Didn’t everyone just want to read and read and read? Or was that just me? I’m amazed at the amount of crap in most foods and kicking corn and soy products to the curb is really great. We don’t want your kind here. Just the grass-fed, cage-free. natural variety can come to this party.

So one of the tenants of a Paleo lifestyle is no sugar. For someone raised on New England treats and sweets, this has posed to be the most difficult. Yes, even more than bread. And while I love to eat sweets, I like to bake them even more. I was so excited, I had some overly ripe bananas which always means banana bread! So I tried my hand at Paleo banana bread. Result: major failure. It was just an oily mess. Relearning the intricacies of baking for Paleo is going to take sometime.

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 Of course my first Paleo baking success will involve chocolate and pumpkin. Have we established that I love pumpkin? I think we have. But incase you forgot, I really love it. So much. I don’t care that it’s almost May. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies are totally a good idea. Especially ones that are good for you.

Follow my logic: (Pumpkin = vegetable) + (chocolate = antioxidant and mood enhancer) + (no sugar or sweetener of any kind) = healthy, delicious cookies.

Seriously. These cookies taste like the most perfect pumpkin cookie to ever exist. They aren’t overly sweet, just pure pumpkin goodness.

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Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup of grass-fed butter or ghee (I used butter), melted
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon*
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg*
  • 1 tsp ground cloves*
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom*
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life, so they are dairy and soy free)

NOTE: These are the proportions of spice I use, because I like a spicy cookie. Feel free to adjust according to your preference. If you prefer a little sweetness to your cookie, feel free to add 1/4-1/3 cup of honey or maple syrup. I just prefer the pure pumpkin spice flavor.

Directions

  • Place all ingredients in bowl (except chocolate chips) and mix until combined.
  • Pour chocolate chips into bow and slowly mix with spatula
  • Using fingers, scoop desired amount onto cookie sheet and bake for 15-17 minutes.

NOTE: these cookies will not spread as most non-paleo cookies do so you may want to flatten with your hand. But if you like cookie balls, just scoop and bake! These cookies are pretty crumbly, so be careful when getting them off the pan. 

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One thought on “Pumpkin Chocolate Cookies

  1. So what are we supposed to send you to munch on? Hemp chips? Ya gotta have SOME chocolate! Many of your local readers in Jackson Hole (yes there are quite a few!) have told me they are upset with your paleo craze. Please do eat healthy; it surely WILL help your chances of making the 2016 Team USA Olympics Rowing Team in Rio. Go, Sarah!!

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