Pumpkins cookies make fall really fall. I mean come on. Nothing says after-school in October like a pumpkin cookie! And let’s not forget that the spiced pumpkin latte is also right up there with pumpkin cookies. I recently discovered a sale on pumpkin puree at the market and came home with one thing on my mind. Yes, you guessed it. I was thinking cookies!
When I started adding more plants to my plate, I also started baking. That was unexpected. I leaned into whole foods and leaned away from a lot of processed foods. Once I started reading labels, it was over. The box of pumpkin cookies in the supermarket had about 20 ingredients. I learned to bake with fewer ingredients and less sugar. I know that too much sugar can hurt my body. This recipe calls for a half cup of sugar. The frosting is sweet enough!
A lot of people feel like the plant-based lifestyle doesn’t make room for sweet treats like pumpkin cookies. I’m not one of them. Pumpkin cookies don’t have to be on the no go list. In my opinion, a good cookie is better than a horrible sugar free, low calorie snack. Consider cookies made with oats, nuts and yummy fruits. Those are great ways to get a little bit of nutrition in while enjoying yourself.
Pumpkin Cookies for a Burst of Beta-Carotene
We can thank the antioxidant beta-carotene for that bright orange color. Beta carotene changes to Vitamin A. Vitamin A supports our vision, immune system and keeps our organs healthy. Pumpkin is a good source of potassium, vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants, which have been linked to healthier hearts. Who says that a pumpkin cookie can’t be good for you?
I enjoy making foods at home that make my family happy. I help them bring in fall with a batch of pumpkin cookies and a whole lot of love.
LA is a plant-based advocate from the Bronx who has learned to enjoy pumpkin pie but will always be a sweet potato pie girl. Thinking about adding more plants to your plate? Try the easy 5 day email class, Introduction to Plant-Based Nutrition. Don’t forget to sign up below to stay connected.