Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

Hey friends.  So these cookies are healthy but not paleo (sad day); however, most of you will be able to enjoy these little pumpkin bites of healthy deliciousness right NOW!  There are certain bloggers out there who I just think I would get along with famously and we could really have an awesome time cooking/baking together.  Gina from SkinnyTaste is one of those lovely ladies and this recipe came from her repertoire.  For me this recipe is a no-brain winner because it puts together some of my favorite things, chocolate, pecans and pumpkin.  The combination of these three ingredients can really do no wrong and these little bites will have you satisfying your sweet tooth without all the additional calories.  Love Love.

Adapted from SkinnyTaste 

Ingredients 

1 cup all purpose flour

2 cups quick oats

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup unpacked brown sugar

1 large egg

6 tbsp pureed pumpkin (canned or fresh)

2 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup chopped pecans

4 oz. chopped dark chocolate

Directions 

1)  Preheat oven to 350°; line two baking sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

2) In a stand mixer, cream together the butter and the sugars on medium speed.

3) In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pumpkin spice and cinnamon.

4) Fold in pecans and chocolate.

5) Drop 1 tablespoon of the dough at a time onto prepared baking sheets.

6)  Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until cookies become light brown at the edges.

7) Cool on baking sheet for 3 or 4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

8) Share and Enjoy!

Additional notes: To make these even lighter and skinnier, I would substitute the all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour. I would also exchange the 1/2cups of sugar for either 3/4 cup of honey or 1/2 cup of agave nectar.

Nutrition 

Makes 32 cookies

Per Cookie: Calories 102; Total Fat 4.1; Total Carbs 14.7; Protein 1.8

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