Soft Pumpkin Cookies (vegan w/ gluten and sugar-free options)

Looking for a Healthy Treat like Gluten Free Cookies? These Soft Pumpkin Cookies are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, and Sugar Free - They remind us of Enjoy Life Cookies, but without all the sugar and very little sweetener at that! Great not just for fall, but all year round.

Although pumpkin is typically a fall food, I personally think it should be eaten year round. We love these Pumpkin Snickerdoodles and this Pumpkin Spiced Creamer, but today I am sharing a favorite pumpkin cookie recipe that we’ve been making for years.

These cookies are amazingly low in sugar (which is great if you are on a candida diet) and yet they still taste great.  The pumpkin adds a natural sweetness and the orange flavor adds a nice hint of orange.

Often when you add flavors or extracts you can get away with less sweetener.

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They are soft and moist and my whole family loved them.

My oldest was walking around the kitchen, nibbling on them and saying, “Now these really remind me of something.”  And then he remembered what, and my youngest agreed.  They reminded him of Enjoy Life’s Gingerbread Spice cookies.

Now mind you, even in my sugar-aholic days, I never really bought those, mainly because they’re expensive.  We’d sample them at Gluten-Free fairs and then feel plenty sick afterwards.  Not that there is anything technically wrong with Enjoy Life.  We just couldn’t handle all of the sugar and white flour.

Well, he was sure right.  These soft little bites are like Enjoy Life’s yummy treats, minus the white flour and all the sugar. Healthy.  Yum

I adapted this recipe ever so slightly from one on Whole Approach’s Forum.  I basically lived in this forum when I first started learning about candidiasis – that’s for another post.

We made the cookies four different ways – with and without nuts and with and without rolling them in sweetener. Hubby likes nuts in his cookies and oldest son does not like crunchies in his cookies. In my opinion, rolled in sweetener, either with or without nuts, is the best option :-).

When you roll them in sugar, you get a nice punch of sweetness without a bunch of added sweetener to the whole recipe.

The top photo shows the plain version and here is a photo of the nut-filled version with walnuts.

Soft Pumpkin Cookies - These gluten free cookies are vegan and sugar free too! They taste like Enjoy Life Cookies!

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Looking for a Healthy Gluten Free Treat?  These Soft Pumpkin Cookies are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, and Sugar Free - They remind us of Enjoy Life Cookies, but without all the sugar and very little sweetener at that!  Great not just for fall, but all year round.

If you are using stevia for this recipe, you will for sure want these spoons since you’ll be measuring out such teensy amounts.  The 2nd smallest size is the one that you will use, but I am finding that stevia powders are now greatly varying in their strengths, so sweeten to taste.  Either way, you will find these spoons to be a huge help.

Norpro Mini Measuring Spoons

I think you are just going to love these and love how good they are for you.  It’s a great way to have healthy sweets around as the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays get closer and closer so you are less tempted to eat the “other” stuff.

Here are more “Pumpkin Treats” from my blog:

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
Pumpkin Pie Spiced Creamer (DF & SF)
Pumpkin Pie Spice – DIY for use in your own recipes!

What is YOUR favorite pumpkin recipe?


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  1. Hi Adrienne! I just wanted to let you know that I’m featuring this amazing recipe in my post 102 Gluten Free Cookie Recipies. I’m also pinning it to my Gluten Free Cookie Madness Board. :)

    You are more than welcome to share this amazing resource with your readers or link to this post if you’d like! Thanks so much for the inspiration! Here’s the url: 102 Gluten Free Cookie Recipies

  2. Carrie Hauser says:

    I made these last night and they are great! My 2 and a half year old son has MANY allergies and these are the first vegan, nut free, wheat free cookies I’ve made that pretty much taste like real cookies! Thanks for the blessing of being able to give my little man a treat!

    • So glad to hear this! I know how wonderful it is to have your little one enjoy something! The Pumpkin Snickerdoodles are pretty good too!

  3. Truly amazing receipt!:)the whole family loved it.Thanx!!!

  4. Daisy Luther says:

    These were SO delicious. Next time, I think I’m going to try using coconut flour in place of part of the gluten-free flour mix I used. I also added bit of ginger and clove to increase the gingerbread-y flavor :) Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Lisa Baarns says:

    A whole Tablespoon of orange extract? Is that correct? You didn’t mean one teaspoon, by any chance?

  6. Thank you very much for the great recipe! I didn’t have any orange extract and I don’t really like cinnamon but the pumpkin taste is not that bad. Plus my oven is old and brocken and has only one setting “hot as hell” and these cookies still turned out amazing!

  7. Sounds yummy! Any recommendations for someone who reacts to stevia? I’ve tried a few different kinds and always get a stomach ache. Wondering what we could use instead, to keep it sugar free.

    • That’s odd. Have you only used pure stevia? Can you do coconut sugar? It feeds candida but not as bad. I use xylitol too but that tends to cause digestive upset if you eat too much.

  8. Hi Adrienne,
    Have you tried this with molasses? also would orange zest work instead of orange extract? Thanks!

  9. I would like to use Xylitol instead of stevia ……….can you tell me how much I would use to replace the stevia?
    Anxious to try. Thank You!

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