[Healthier] Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

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Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies made with Greek yogurt and wheat flour

It’s almost fall! Well… it’s getting close anyway. My favorite thing about fall is pumpkin! Pumpkin everything! I will buy almost anything if it is pumpkin flavored. It’s a terrible obsession, but someone’s gotta have it! I’ve been pinning pumpkin recipes like crazy for the past few days and finally couldn’t resist to try one out. I know it’s Labor day and pumpkin isn’t really a Labor day food per say, but I decided to go against the grain! Since I like to make my recipes healthier to make me feel better about the copious amounts of desserts I eat, I decided to make some modifications to this one. I subbed out some of the flour for whole wheat flour, and I subbed half of the butter for greek yogurt. Here goes…

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Adapted from The Daily Goodie Bag

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter at room temperature

a spoonful over 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt (at least 2% fat – full fat is best)

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

3 cups uncooked oatmeal (not instant)

1/2 can pumpkin puree

1 and 1/2 cups chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix the butter, Greek yogurt, and sugars at medium speed until smooth.

3. Add in the eggs and vanilla to the mixture until fully incorporated.

4. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice.

5. Pour the ingredients from step four into the mixture from step 3. Mix until all ingredients are fully incorporated.

6. Mix in the oatmeal and pumpkin puree completely.

7. (optional) Fold in the chocolate chips (do not use an electric mixer, do this by hand or with a spoon). Skip this step if you want an even healthier cookie!

8. Place big spoonfuls of mixture onto an ungreased cookie pan and bake them for 12 to 15 minutes or until the bottoms are slightly brown.

9. Let the cookies cool for 5 to 10 minutes and then enjoy! (I never really subscribe to wait times… but consume hot baked goods with caution and at your own risk!)

pumpkin oatmeal cookies made with chocolate chips, yogurt, and wheat flour

These cookies don’t have a terribly strong pumpkin taste if you do choose to add in chocolate chips. Also, it’s healthier not to add in chocolate chips, but I like the extra sugar. When I found this recipe I was so excited because it combined my favorite fall ingredient with my favorite type of cookie (oatmeal). Happy eating!

What is your favorite type of cookie?

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