Healthier Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies

photo of a plate of Healthier Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies

I’ve been trying to make healthier recipe alternatives for a lot of my favorite recipes. This weekend, I tried making a healthier version of my favorite pumpkin chocolate chip cookies by eliminating the egg and oil and replacing them with nonfat plain Greek strained yogurt.
photo of a stack of cookies
The cookie surface wasn’t as smooth as I would have liked and had quite a few little bumps. Texture-wise, the cookies were a bit chewier than the original version.
close-up photo of a stack of cookies

Actually, it was more like a pumpkin bread texture. This isn’t one of those recipes where I found the healthier version to be the same or even better than the original. But these didn’t suck either.

Healthier Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 cookies

These cookies are a healthier version of my favorite pumpkin chocolate chip cookies by eliminating the egg and oil and replacing them with nonfat plain Greek strained yogurt.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup minus 1 tbsp nonfat Greek strained plain yogurt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Whisk together pumpkin, sugar, vanilla and yogurt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together together flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, and salt. Add the flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and stir until combined. Dough will be wet and sticky. Stir in the chocolate chips.

  3. Take 2 tablespoon full of dough and drop onto cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart. Repeat with remaining dough. When finished, try to shape the dough to resemble a cookie. It will be hard to do since the dough is so wet and sticky. The cookies dough should be round and flat and smooth, resembling close to the finished baked product because the cookies don't spread much during baking and will rise up. It helps to work with the dough if your hands are freshly washed and slightly damp.

  4. Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until lightly brown.

Nutrition Facts
Healthier Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 124 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 74mg3%
Potassium 120mg3%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1590IU32%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1.1mg6%
Net Carbs 20g40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

8 comments on “Healthier Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies”

  1. Always a challenge to try and make something healthier. Maybe I just need to stop eating my Greek yogurt before I can bake with it :-). But in all honesty, I wish everyone else in my house liked pumpkin, or I’d be baking these!

    • Aw, not everyone likes pumpkin? I guess I’m lucky that everyone likes it around me. Perhaps I should have left in the egg and only replaced the oil to get a better texture.

  2. I actually assumed they’re softer than chewy because of the photos. But I’m definitely going to try this one, especially because this has fewer sugar than most cookies. Can I use regular plain nonfat yogurt instead of Greek yogurt?

  3. I am so glad I found this recipe! I have been searching for one that is healthier with less sugar and butter. These are amazing! One of the other recipes I found was 400 calories PER COOKIE!!!

    Thank you!

    ***Also, Trader Joes has PUMPKIN non-fat greek yogurt right now. Gave them an extra kick. 🙂

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