Oatmeal Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Oatmeal pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, made vegan and gluten-free! These cookies are perfectly sweet and flavored with a touch of pumpkin spice. The perfect fall cookies.

pumpkin cookies with bite taken

Oats, pumpkin, chocolate and pumpkin spice all in one cookie. These are the BEST cookies to bake this time of year. Not only are they delicious and chewy, but they’re vegan and gluten-free.

These pumpkin cookies are not cakey. Instead, they’re soft and chewy, similarly to my basic vegan and gluten-free chocolate chip cookies.

This recipe is sweetened with maple syrup and cane sugar (I used golden cane sugar or turbinado sugar). They’re also made with almond flour, oats and a touch of tapioca flour. That last one helps with the texture of the cookies. If you don’t have any on hand, you can also use corn starch!

pumpkin spice mix
spices in bottles
How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix

If you can’t find pumpkin spice at the store, the good news is, you can easily make it at home with a few spices!

Here’s the recipe to make your own pumpkin spice mix:

  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon clove

Add all the spices in a small jar and shake to mix. Use it in your favorite pumpkin recipes!

pumpkin spice mix, oats, chocolate and pumpkin puree
dry cookie ingredients in a bowl
wet cookie ingredients in a bowl
dry cookie ingredients in a bowl
cookie mixture in a bowl
How to Make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Start by making your flax egg. Simply mix ground flax seeds and water in a bowl and let it thicken as you prepare the other ingredients.

Mix your dry ingredients (almond flour, oats, sugar, tapioca starch, baking soda, salt and chocolate) in a bowl. In the bowl with your flax egg, add maple syrup, coconut oil, pumpkin puree and vanilla. Stir to combine.

Combine the dry and wet ingredients, form 8 cookies and bake them for 15 minutes. Done!

A Few Notes on The Recipe:
  • Use vegan chocolate chips to make this recipe vegan (or omit the chocolate). I used Enjoy Life.
  • I used golden cane sugar (turbinado sugar). White granulated sugar should work too.
  • If you don’t have tapioca flour on hand, corn starch will also work.
  • Use gluten-free certified oats if needed.
  • This recipe uses softened coconut oil. This is coconut oil that’s left at room temperature and that’s easy to scoop and measure, similarly to room temperature butter.
unbaked pumpkin chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet
baked pumpkin chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet
oatmeal pumpkin chocolate chip cookies from the top

These cookies are slightly adapted from my oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. If you’re looking for a classic chocolate chip cookie made vegan and gluten-free, find my recipe here.

Oatmeal Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Oatmeal pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, made vegan and gluten-free! These cookies are perfectly sweet and flavored with a touch of pumpkin spice. The perfect fall cookies.
Course Dessert
Cuisine gluten-free, vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds, ground
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice mix (see notes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, mix the ground flax seeds with 2 tablespoons of water. Let sit while you prepare the rest of the recipe.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine your oats, almond flour, sugar, tapioca flour, baking soda, salt, chocolate chips and pumpkin spice.
  • Once the flax egg has thickened, stir in the maple syrup, pumpkin puree, coconut oil and vanilla to the same bowl. Stir to combine. The coconut oil may not mix smoothly, it's okay if you have some small pieces.
  • Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture. Stir to combine.
  • Form 8 cookies and place on the parchment paper, leaving some distance between each cookie. They do spread a little. Form a little mound with each cookie, pressing them down only a bit. This limits the spread and leads to thicker, chewier cookies. See photos for guidance.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Let them cool for at least 5-10 minutes. They will be delicate when warm.

Notes

You can omit the chocolate in this recipe and make oatmeal pumpkin cookies instead. Use vegan chocolate chips to make this recipe vegan. I used Enjoy Life.
I used golden cane sugar (turbinado sugar). White granulated sugar should work too.
Use gluten-free certified oats if needed.
I bake mine for 15 minutes using a light baking sheet. A darker baking sheet can bake the cookies faster, so check them after 13 minutes. Each oven can also be slightly different.
This recipe uses softened coconut oil. This is coconut oil that’s left at room temperature and that’s easy to scoop and measure, similarly to room temperature butter. If your kitchen is cold and the coconut oil is very solid, you may need to slightly heat it. Make sure not to melt it completely. Heat it just enough to soften. Let it cool down slightly. Don’t use warm or melted coconut oil.
Let the cookies cool down completely, then store in an airtight container on the counter or in the fridge. They still remain soft and chewy if not stored in an airtight container. You could probably freeze them, but they disappear too quickly for me to try. 
Don’t have tapioca starch/flour? You can also use corn starch!
Don’t have pumpkin spice mix? Make your own by mixing 4 teaspoons of cinnamon, 2 teaspoons of ginger, 1 teaspoon of nutmeg, 1 teaspoon of allspice and 1/2 teaspoon of clove.  

If you make these oatmeal pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I love to hear from you guys. And of course, if you try this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram!

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