Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
These vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are a healthy twist on a classic favorite! They’re soft and cakey, with just the right amount of sweetness. This is the pefect fall dessert!
I’m not someone who goes crazy over pumpkin but I love pumpkin chocolate chip cookies! I wanted to create a recipe that would be a little healthier than a regular cookie and I’m so happy with how these turned out!
I thought I’d keep these cookies vegan so more of you can enjoy them. They don’t require any sort of egg substitute and they have a lovely, fluffy texture. These almost remind me of muffin tops! If you like soft, fluffy cookies, these are for you!
Tips for perfect vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookies
- If you want to keep these vegan, make sure your chocolate chips are vegan. Enjoy Life is a brand that makes a great dairy-free chips!
- Be careful not to over bake these cookies. These are a softer, chewier cookie, vs. a crispy, crunchy edge. The texture is similar to a muffin top.
- Use canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling. Canned pumpkin is simply cooked and pureed pumpkin, whereas pumpkin pie filling has lots of added sugar.
Vegan Pumpkin Cookie Ingredients
- Pumpkin– Be sure to use 100% pureed pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling, which has added sugar.
- Avocado oil or vegetable oil– Be sure to use a neutral flavored oil, rather than olive oil, which has a savory flavor.
- Sugar– Granulated sugar works best. I have not tested this recipe with sugar alternatives.
- Vanilla– Be sure to use real vanilla extract!
- Flour– All purpose flour makes these cookies soft and fluffy. See below for a gluten-free option.
- Baking soda & baking powder– Using both baking soda and baking powder adds lift to the cookies. You can read more about the chemical reactions here!
- Salt– A little salt enhances the sweetness
- Cinnamon & ginger– These are essential for the pumpkin pie type of flavor! You can substitute pumpkin pie spice, if necessary.
- Chocolate chips– Be sure to use dairy-free chocolate chips to keep this recipe vegan.
How to Make Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cookies
If you want to make these cookies gluten-free, I recommend using Bob’s Red Mill’s 1 to 1 gluten-free flour blend. A recipe tester tried this substitute and it worked perfectly!
Additional Substitution ideas
- Be sure to use a neutral-flavored oil like grapeseed, avocado, or vegetable oil. I don’t recommend substituting olive oil, as it will impart a savory taste.
- You can use brown sugar or white sugar in these cookies. Brown sugar will impart a hint of caramel flavor, but both are delicious! (I’ve tested both because you never know when you’ll run out of one!)
- If you wanted to cut down on the sugar, you could replace half of the chocolate chips with chopped pecans.
Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 12 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: Dessert
These vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are a healthy twist on a classic favorite! They’re soft and cakey, almost like a muffin top. Perfect to make for a party!
- 2/3 cup pureed pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil or vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon dried ground ginger
- 1 cup chocolate chips (be sure to use vegan chips to keep it vegan!)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine the pumpkin, oil, sugar, and vanilla until mixed.
- Slowly add in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and ginger.
- Stir until just mixed.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Drop spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet and bake for 12-13 minutes.
- Once they’re done, take them out of the oven and let cool for 3 minutes, then transfer onto a plate or cooling rack.
Be sure to use dairy free chocolate chips to keep this recipe vegan.
Keywords: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
How to Store Leftover Cookies
Store these cookies in an airtight container. They will stay soft and fluffy for 3-5 days, but I do think they’re best in the first day!
What’s your favorite way to enjoy pumpkin?
These are great – I made two batches: one with semi-sweet baking (vegan) chocolate chopped into chunks and one with non-vegan chips, & both batches using vegetable oil, not grape seed. I cooked my later batches 12 minutes b/c 10 minutes was a little doughy with my oven. Everyone from the 13 year old on up to my husband has loved them. Incredibly easy to make. My 17 year old (vegan) says I should make them every day from now on. (So I emailed him the recipe.)
WOW! These cookies are fantastic! I’m not a vegetarian . However my husband is so I decided to make them for him. Well of course I had to try them and oh my goodness best pumpkin cookie I ever have. My two kids absolutely loved them too. Thank you for sharing.
You can never really go wrong with a healthier chocolate chip cookie, am I right?
Ooh this a wonderful combo for a holiday cookie exchange; and I totally understand the need to bake!
Yum. These look delicious and I just received some Bob’s Red Mill flour so I will have to try these!
Huge fan of pumpkin right here! I like that you added that little bit of protein to chocolate chip cookies. Makes them good for you, right?!!
These look so cakey and delicious! What a great recipe!
YUM! I love Bob Red Mills products, and these cookies look awesome!
These look really amazing! Such perfect shape to them. I love the idea of pumpkin and chocolate!
I have been wanting to make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for a while! i think i need to add them to my thanksgiving menu! These look delicious 🙂