26 Tasty Paleo Pumpkin Cookie Recipes
Post by Lucha: World traveler, culinary student and Media Director at Paleo Flourish Magazine. Lucha will try most food but prefers Indian, Thai and Mexican food above all else. She is currently either cooking, eating, grocery shopping, or browsing recipes on Pinterest.
‘Tis the season …. to put all that pumpkin filling to good use! Whether it’s pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup or some other delicious pumpkin creation, now’s the time to get in the holiday spirit with our favorite squash plant in all its culinary forms.
A far as desserts go, pumpkin cookies are the best – bite-size, easily transportable, and the perfect contribution to the Thanksgiving dessert table or holiday office party. Start practicing these now so you can have yours perfected by the time the holiday parties start up in full swing! And don’t worry if you eat a lot of sweets this time of year, we all do it. Just treat yourself to delicious Paleo desserts and spread the joy this season with these awesome Paleo pumpkin cookie recipes!
Paleo Pumpkin Cookie Recipes – With Maple Syrup
This recipe has the shortest ingredients list in this roundup, and from the photos, it doesn’t seem as though these babies are lacking in any necessary component! They look amazing, and I love how Megan shows the step-by-step process in pictures so we know exactly how it’s supposed to turn out. She also recommends freezing them to make the shelf life last much longer. You could potentially make a giant batch in one go and keep them for the whole season’s holiday parties. (Photo courtesy of Megan, the Detoxinista!)
Jaybird explains a simple way to make the almond meal for these delicious Paleo pumpkin cookies that also include walnuts, coconut milk and maple syrup.
Cookies for breakfast?! Oh yes. These cookies use almond butter as a base and allow for your choice of dried fruit, nuts, seeds, etc. Some recommendations are provided but it’s really up to you.
If your sweet tooth is not as strong, you can leave out the maple syrup and let the rest of the wholesome ingredients sweeten these cookies naturally.
The pumpkin pie spice in the recipe is what gives these cookies that special “Autumn flavor”. There is a link to purchase one and ALSO a recipe to make it from scratch, for those feeling creative.
These yummy pumpkin cookies don’t have any chocolate chips but are so cute in their pumpkin cookie-cutter shape! Heather unfortunately doesn’t provide a link on where to get these cookie cutters but I’m going to head over to Amazon to see if I can find them myself!
This recipe (also from Heather of Multiply Delicious) is a bit trickier – you have to make them at the same time that they are eaten, but I don’t think you’ll have any problem getting people to gobble these up before the ice cream melts. Plus, the amazing Paleo Pumpkin ice cream recipe is included!
Finally, a nut-free recipe! These yummy Paleo pumpkin cookies are made with a coconut flour base and delicious Pumpkin spice and chocolate chips.
These sound delish but I sense a challenge in tracking down the required palm shortening (good thing a link to purchase is provided, as I’d never even heard of the stuff!)
Macadamia nut is the star of these incredible pumpkin spice cookies, and I imagine that the white chocolate chips (although optional) go swimmingly in these nutty, scrumptious cookies.
While these pumpkin spice cookies are quite an elaborate undertaking, you will fool everyone with this amazing Paleo glaze! I’ll save that glaze recipe for more than just these cookies.
These simple cookies made with almond butter and your choice of maple syrup or honey also leave room for customized add-ons. A few recommendations include chocolate chips, pumpkin seeds and hemp hearts!
Paleo Pumpkin Cookie Recipes – With Honey
To me, “breakfast cookie” sounds a bit like an oxymoron (aren’t cookies a dessert?!) but in this case, these cookies are really quite healthy and hearty with cranberries, pecans and an almond butter base. In this case, it seems like perfect accompaniment to your morning Paleo cuppa joe! (Photo courtesy of Once a Month Meals. Thanks!)
These frosted cookies sound like the perfect amount of spice flavor with the help of cinnamon, cardamom and allspice!
It’s hard to find cookies that are truly flourless – these don’t even include any Paleo flours such as almond or coconut flour! Could it be because the Kabocha squash works as a flour-y base? You’ll have to try this to find out the secret…
You’ll be sure to get a great textured cookie in this recipe from the mashed banana and a punch of flavor from the Autumn spices: cinnamon, ground ginger, cloves and nutmeg.
Even though this is a list of pumpkin cookies, and this recipe is no exception, I appreciate Paleo blogger George’s tip that you can substitute pumpkin puree with sweet potato or squash as well. I never knew there were so many possibilities!
Almond flour and arrowroot flour are the bases for these pumpkin cookies, which also include shredded coconut and your preferred amount of honey, depending on how sweet you like ‘em.
Copious amounts of healthy coconut oil are what give the cookies in these photos their beautiful shine. (They also look tasty).
Other Paleo Pumpkin Cookie Recipes
Medjool dates work to provide these cookies their natural sweetness, without the need for honey or maple syrup. These babies get a little ‘nest’ in the middle that holds a tiny bay of dark chocolate… if you don’t have a double boiler to heat the dark chocolate, you should melt it in the microwave – but don’t burn it! Ten seconds at a time, stir, ten more seconds, stir… until it’s all melted. (Special thanks to Michelle from Cavegirl Cuisine for permission to reproduce her photo!)
The big surprise here is the inventive frosting recipe – coconut butter and green apple!
Stevia is the sweetener in this recipe and raw cacao nibs make these cookies (almost) like a superfood.
Raw No-Cook Paleo Pumpkin Cookie Recipes
These no-cook cookie balls are naturally sweetened by dates, apricot and dried cranberries and have the crunchy and healthy aspect coming from the walnuts and pumpkin seeds.
You would think that these moist cookies get baked but after a little cool off in the fridge, they form perfectly without the need for any high heat.