I blended the dates in a food processor.
I then added the almonds, pumpkin, spices and coconut oil and blended it until it was the consistency of a nut butter. I like starting with almonds because the more whole the ingredient, the more nutrition you preserve and the more control you have over the sugar and additives. But it does take time and may take a toll on your food processor and requires you to push down the sides with a spatula every few minutes so using almond butter is the less painful route.
Feel free to use a pumpkin spice mixture (or create your own) – I love using fresh spices as much as possible – have you ever seen the beauty of a nutmeg from the inside? I grind it on a microplane when I need it.
I refrigerated the dough for about an hour to firm it up, rolled it into balls and flattened them on a baking tray. I garnished with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, coconut or slivered almonds and then baked.
I let them cool completely before removing them from the tray. The taste was pumpkiny, earthy, soft and filling. My daughter ate them up. Healthy cookies are possible.
Pumpkin Almond Cookies
Makes 12-14 cookies
- 1/4 cup dates, soaked in water overnight
- 1 cup almonds (or 1 cup almond butter)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, liquid
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1.5 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 ground all spice
- 1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or 1/2 vanilla bean
- Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almond slices, coconut for garnish
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place dates in a food processor with a little bit of the date water to make a paste – about 30 seconds-1 min. Add the almonds and oil and blend until mushy, add pumpkin puree and blend until creamy like a nut butter – about 5-15 minutes depending on the food processor – push down sides every few min. Add remaining ingredients and blend until a smooth batter is formed. Refrigerate for 1 hour to overnight. Roll into balls and place onto a lined baking sheet and flatten spread them out into circles. Garnish as desired. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the edges are slightly golden. Allow to cool completely before removing from the baking sheet with a spatula.