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Monday, July 15, 2019

Dairy Free Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are the absolute BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies! Soft, moist and loaded with fresh pumpkin flavor and sweet chocolate chips.

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 Having a dairy allergy can be annoying at times and it can make grocery shopping a challenge. I have to be a label reader at the store when shopping so I avoid buying something with a milk ingredient in it. That means I avoid food items with milk, butter, cream, etc. I have to be careful to avoid any dairy ingredient in my food as eating dairy can cause me to be nauseated or have an asthma attack. The one section of the store that I avoid going into is the bakery section as most sweet bakery items have dairy ingredients in them and the labels can be hard to read. Why do they put the ingredient label on the bottom of the container? In order for me to read the ingredients, I have to turn the container over and that can not be done without damaging the bakery item. So to avoid an allergy attack, I just make my own allergy-friendly baked goods at home. Since I don't always have time to bake, that helps with the number of sweets that I consume.

Pumpkin cookies were calling my name  
  I was at the store the other day and I did my best to walk fast past the bakery section so I did not get tempted to buy unsafe cookies. I go past the produce section and there on an end cap display was pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. You know the soft moist fresh pumpkin cookies that the store sells around Thanksgiving. I guess these cookies are so delicious and popular that they decided to sell them in July. I started drooling over the cookies and could almost taste them but I did not pick up a package of the cookies as I did not want to suffer later from eating them. My kids hate that I don't buy cookies anymore but I can't have them in the house or I may eat one. The only sweets that I buy them are granola bars and ice cream. When I buy these sweets, I make sure to pick up a dairy-free version for myself so I don't touch the ones with milk in them. My favorite dairy-free ice cream is made with coconut milk.

Get my recipe for a healthy pumpkin bread HERE

Had to make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies
 When I got home from grocery shopping, I still had those moist decadent chocolate chip pumpkin cookies on my mind and I had to bake some cookies. So I pulled out my dairy-free recipe for dairy-free cookies. I was glad that I still had a can of pumpkin in my pantry that was left over from Thanksgiving. I also remembered that I still had a package of Swerve sweetener in my pantry from the last time I made Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Granola. This zero-calorie sweetener is my favorite to bake with as it makes my baked goods low-sugar. This sweetener tastes so close to sugar and my family can not tell the difference when I substitute this sweetener for white sugar. I like using Swerve sweetener when I bake as it makes my baked goods lower in calories and sugar. Then my treats are a bit healthier. I also tried a new vanilla extract in this recipe and it had an amazing pure vanilla taste.

Love my pink stand mixer
 Last year I gave in and bought myself a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer and it was the best decision that I ever made. I had been going back and forth for a long time about whether I should buy a stand mixer as it was kind of pricey. I glad I finally decide to buy a Kitchenaid mixer and I keep asking myself why I waited so long to buy one. I thought why purchase a stand mixer when I am able to mix things by hand. I found out that a Kitchenaid mixer is the best appliance for baking and more. The stand mixer saves me so much time when making cookies so I now make cookies more often. This pink stand mixer does all the mixing for me including creaming the butter. My 11-year-old son can now make cookies without my help. I bought the Artisan mini Kitchenaid mixer in bubblegum pink but the Kitchenaid Guava Glaze color is so similar. If you are not a fan of pink this mixer comes in so many pretty colors. You can even personalize your mixer with decals.


Can I use fresh pumpkin instead of canned? I don't recommend using fresh pumpkin as it will make the cookies too moist and undercooked as fresh pumpkin has more water in it.
Can I double the pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe? I always double the recipe so I can use up the whole can of pumpkin. A can of pumpkin has two cups in it, by doubling the recipe you get more cookies and no leftover pumpkin to be discovered rotten weeks later in the back of the fridge.

Can I use a replacement for vegetable oil? You can use other oils like canola, coconut oil, corn oil, and even olive oil.

Can I refrigerate the dough overnight before baking? If you are short on time and can bake the cookies right away, refrigerating the cookie dough is fine. It may result in a different texture but the taste will still be just as delicious.

Can I make the cookies vegan? To make the cookies vegan, just use an egg substitute. Check out these 11 egg substitute recipes for baking and more! 

Can I make the cookies low fat? You can make the cookies lower in fat by substituting applesauce or mashed banana for the vegetable oil. This may result in a different taste but the cookies will still be delicious.

Can I make the cookies with less sugar? I make my cookies lower in sugar all the time with a zero-calorie sweetener that has a taste similar to sugar and it measures just like white sugar. In my opinion this low- calorie sweetener has a sweeter taste than sugar so I use 3/4 cups instead of the one cup of white sugar. My favorite zero-calorie sweetener even has varieties in brown sugar and confectioners(powder) sugar.

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 For a different taste or extra protein, the following can be added to the cookie dough when you mix in the chocolate chips about 1/2 to 1 cup.
Pumpkin seeds
Sunflower seeds
Cinnamon chips
White chocolate chips
Dried cranberries
Flax seeds
Chia seeds

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These are the absolute BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies! Soft, moist and loaded with fresh pumpkin flavor and sweet chocolate chips.

Dairy Free Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 36
These chocolate chip pumpkin cookies are so soft, moist and have the perfect light and fluffy texture. It is like a mini slice of pumpkin bread.


  • 1 cup pumpkin (canned)
  • 1 cup white sugar-make it low-sugar 1 cup of zero-calorie Swerve
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil 
  • 1 egg-make it vegan with an egg substitute
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice 
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips


How to cook Dairy Free Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat. Set aside.
  2. Combine pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil, vanilla, and egg in a large bowl. Mix until smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, pumpkin spice, and salt.  Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Stir until combined.
  4. Add chocolate chips and stir until combined.
  5. Drop cookies on by the spoonful about 2 inches apart. Add a few extra chocolate chips to the tops if desired. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until tops are light brown.  Allow to cool on pan for 2 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.
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  1. I'll give this a try! I just love pumpkin stuff, and these sound incredible! Plus my mom can enjoy some too since they are dairy free!

  2. Oh, if only these were gluten free as well. These are my family's favorite cookies. One kid needs gluten free, and one kid needs dairy free! Maybe I can adapt it. Thanks!

    1. That has to be tough to have to make dairy free and gluten free. Hopefully you can use a gluten free flour blend to make these

  3. Those sound amazing! I love pumpkin and chocolate together. I can't wait to make these!

  4. I am so excited to start thinking about pumpkin recipes. It's almost that time and I can't wait.

    1. I know, I love pumpkin season and the store was starting it early

  5. Sounds so good I love pumpkin. Interesting to try it with chocolate to would love it.

  6. Those sure do look amazing. I love just about anything pumpkin too. I'm looking forward to trying these too.

  7. I can taste the pumpkin just buy looking at the photo. I can try this at home next weekend. :)

  8. I will have to give these a try! I love mixing pumpkin with chocolate!

  9. Well, this looks pretty appetizing and easy to make. I think the kids are going to love it's taste and texture. It is tasty and super healthy at the same time.

  10. Food allergies are so scary. I have a child with a severe food allergy and it's lead me to make over recipes that used to use eggs.

    1. Thankfully, my allergy is not life threatining but if I eat one bite but if I ate too much, my asthma gets out of control. I would rather skip dairy and not have to take medications.

  11. Pumpkin season is my favorite. I love the texture of these cookies!

  12. Wow! This is interesting. I've tried so many choco chip cooking recipe but I haven't thought of pumpkin. This is definitely worth to try.

  13. Oh my goodness those look AMAZING. I totally want to try out this recipe this fall, thanks!

  14. Tara, those cookies do look absolutely amazing. You made me laugh out loud when you mentioned going past the bakery section as quickly as possible only to come face to face with the cookies at the end of the produce section. Maybe, they noticed you going passed the bakery section a number of times so they decided to catch up with you. Lol!! Your pink mixer looks so amazing. I am off sugary foods for a few months so maybe I will try these if and when I go back to sugary or sweet foods.

    1. I cant eat most of the items in the bakery section so I avoid that section. I have to go by the bakery to get to the produce section.

  15. Wow! I want to make these asap. I can't wait to make a snack like this. I need to start getting my zero calorie sweeteners.

  16. They do look amazing! Love everything in your recipe! I'm looking forward to trying them!

  17. You mixer is so cute! Mine is red and I just used it the other day to make a cake. :)

  18. These cookies look amazing. Pumpkin and chocolate...my 2 favorites! Thanks for sharing!

  19. OMG these cookies look absolutely amazing! I'm not sure I've ever had a pumpkin cookie before. But I love pumpkin cupcakes so I'm sure I would love pumpkin cookies.

  20. wow, It looks amazing. Thanks for sharing.
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  21. These cookies looks delicious. I already taken printed out for the recipe. This weekend I am going to try this for sure

  22. Absolutely amazing!Love that cookies.
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  23. I never had pumpkin cookies before. All of the pumpkin lovers will love these cookies for the fall.

  24. I've never tried pumpkin cookies but I love pumpkin. If I can make this gluten-free I'll definitely try it!

  25. I have various comments. 1. These cookies looks so yummy. I almost can smell them! 2. Love your post. So comprehensive. 3. Your pink KA is the cutest and the stickers are simple adorable.

  26. I made cookies like this years ago for my gluten free daughter and they were a hit! She can have dairy but gluten--not so much! Almond flour to the rescue.

  27. Now this sounds like a the perfect pumpkin recipe to start the Fall off with. They must be so good still warm!

  28. Oh these sounds delicious and I've been trying to cut dairy! I gotta give this recipe a try this weekend.

  29. Tara, I love that these cookies are soft and gluten free. I love soft desserts.

  30. Whoever put pumpkin and chocolate together deserves a reward! I can't wait to try your recipe and passing it on to my sweet friend who is gluten free.

  31. These cookies look really good. I don't think I have ever had pumpkin chocolate chip cookies before. Now I really want to make them.

  32. You had me at soft! I love the idea of making these dairy free soft pupmkin chocolate chip cookies, I bet the family will love them.

  33. I love to make cookies, especially during the cooler months. I have never tried making pumpkin chocolate chip cookies but I want to give them a try. The cookies look very tasty. Thanks for the recipe!

  34. I love everything pumpkin. I am sure I will love these cookies! They look fabulous!

  35. You had me at pumpkin. I would want to snack on these cookies all day long!

  36. I super like your pink mixer, it's pretty girly. This is one of those cookies that won't make you worry if it's healthy or not. Pumpkin cookies are awesome!

  37. Toni | Boulder LocavoreOctober 8, 2019 at 4:15 AM

    My kids won't be able to stop eating these! They look delish!

  38. Oh my! These cookies look so tasty! I bet they are soft as you take them out of the oven. Your pink mixer is so adorable.

  39. I am hoping to get home early and make some treats for my kids. This sounds like a perfect option.

  40. LOVE pumpkin this time of year. Even better that they are dairy free!

  41. My family loves cookies a lot but never tried to make a pumpkin cookies for them. It looks delicious and it looks easy to make, thanks for sharing your recipe.

  42. That pumpkin chocolate chip cookies look quite delicious! This would be great to make since it's nearly Halloween.

  43. These cookies look delicious. I like your recipe. Thanks for sharing..!!
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  44. I made it yesterday and it was so delicious. My sister loves this recipe. Thanks for sharing with us.
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