No, I’m not lying friends or playing tricks on you. Each one of these fabulous pumpkin cookies has a mere 42 calories. I know, mind boggling. And no to your next question, they don’t taste like cardboard, chalk or a foot! In fact, they are really good (albeit a bit chewy) and very flavorful. There’s just the right amount of pumpkin & spice. Plus, I love the taste and texture you get when you swap out butter, eggs and oil for applesauce.
When I first found this recipe, I was VERY skeptical. How on the earth could a cookie with just 42 calories, less than 1 gram of fat and NO eggs or butter taste good? It was sort of the same skepticism I had when I made my peanut butter chocolate cookies (oil and butter free). I was, once again, pleasantly surprised. They don’t taste like a typical cookie, though, and they have a bit, springier, of a texture because of the applesauce. You could easily eat a few of these for breakfast (yes, I’m advising you to eat cookies for breakfast) or dunk them in apple cider (so much better than the Oreo). Oh and guys, EACH ONE ONLY HAS 42 calories. Did I say that yet?
This stack of 5 would only set you back about 200 calories and 1 gram of fat. Some cookies can have that many calories IN JUST ONE. However, I am once agian, not advising you to eat, say, 10 of them.
Hopping off the calorie bandwagon, these really are great cookies. I’d been inching to whip out my canned pumpkin and organic applesauce ( I sort of blacked out in Whole Foods, can’t talk about it).
It is apple and pumpkin season, after all! After seeing countless pumpkin recipes from y’all, I had a mean craving for the orange stuff! However, I did have to hit up 4 DIFFERENT GROCERY STORES (including Wegmen’s, foodie heaven) to find it. Apparently stores in NOVA don’t sell Libby anymore so I had to upgrade to the fancy stuff.
It tasted fine, but at $4 a can, it kinda hurt the pocket book. (Which was a little low anyway thanks to previously mentioned Whole Foods blackout). These little cookies made it worth it though. Even though my wallet was pissed, my waistline (and jeggings, don’t judge me) were happy.
Skinny Pumpkin Cookies
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15-18 minutes
Yields: About 32 cookies
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1 cup of all purpose flour
1 cup of white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice
1/8 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 cup of unsweetened apple sauce
1 teaspoon of almond extract (you can use vanilla if you prefer)
1 cup of canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
How to Make Them:
- Preheat oven to 350. Grease a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
- Cream sugars, applesauce, pumpkin and almond extract together.
- In another bowl, mix flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spice. Once mixed, add to the wet stff. (Yep, that’s what she said).
- Form little blobs and bake for 15 – 18 minutes, or until browned.
- Enjoy with cider, a pumpkin spice lattee or on their own!
Like I said, they aren’t as rich or moist as a cookie made with butter or oil, but are still delicious. Plus, who doesn’t love pumpkin flavored anything? If you don’t, I would advise not comin’ back round these parts until December. Or January. Or July? I’m sort of obsessed with it.
Nutritional information per cookie: 42 calories, >1 gram of fat, 9 grams of carbs and >1 gram of protein.