I veered off the beaten path for a change recently to bake oatmeal cookies. Don't get my wrong, I am a fan. A huge fan at that. I used to bake them rather frequently for my dad too as oatmeal and peanut butter cookies are his favorite. However, I hadn't baked oatmeal or peanut butter cookies in a long time because I've been eating and experimenting with Paleo (& Whole 30) for a long while now. But, recently the BF confessed his favorite cookies involved oatmeal so I picked some up to bake cookies for him. Then I tried them...the struggle is real. They were great!
I busted out my old trusty Better Homes & Gardens cook book because that was the oatmeal cookie recipe I always used in the past. I've been baking out of that cookbook since I was a kid and inherited it from my mom. It's gotten so much use through the years that the pages are falling out. Of course now I typically use Pinterest...
Anyway, I converted the original oatmeal cookie recipe to be as Paleo as possible - meaning, only the oatmeal itself isn't Paleo, and added pumpkin. They were delicious!
Brief side note - Paleo may be "healthier" but if you add enough honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, or whatever other Paleo approved sweetener to a recipe then it's not healthy. Let's be honest.
Now, for the recipe!
- 3/4 cup coconut oil, softened
- 1 1/4 cup packed coconut sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 2 large organic eggs
- 1 tsp pure vanilla
- 1 3/4 cups aalmond flour
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/4 can pumpkin puree
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 375* F. In a large mixing bowl, beat coconut oil with a hand mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon and cloves. Beat until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs, pumpkin, and vanilla until thoroughly combined. Then add in the almond flour, mixing on low. Using a wooden spoon or spatula, stir in rolled oats. Lastly, stir in the Enjoy Life chocolate chips.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto non-stick baking sheets. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are golden. Let the cookies sit on cookie sheets for 1 minute or so before transferring to wire racks to cool.
My batch made 27 large cookies using an icecream scoop to drop the cookies and then flattened them a bit with the back of the scoop. If you use something smaller you will be able to make more cookies!
What's your favorite Paleo or regular cookie recipe to make? Have you tried mixing up your favorite recipes to add in pumpkin? It's pumpkin season to me so I certainly do! Comment below. =)