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This edible, no-bake pumpkin cookie dough is shaped into bite-sized balls studded with chocolate chips and flaky sea salt for a healthy, vegan & gluten-free fall treat!

This edible, no-bake pumpkin cookie dough is shaped into bite-sized balls studded with chocolate chips and flaky sea salt for a healthy, vegan & gluten-free fall treat!

Healthy edible cookie dough was a major trend back when I started this blog in 2011.

I jumped on the bandwagon with this healthy peanut butter cookie dough dip pretty early on and made countless other recipes from blogger friends back then.

And aside from all the cookie dough balls like Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookie Dough Balls, Nutella cookie dough balls and Butterfinger Dough Balls to name just a few, I sort of forgot about the whole cookie dough thing for the past few years.

Until it hit me again last month when I opened one of the first cans of pumpkin for the season to make these Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins.

That recipe uses 3/4 cup of pumpkin puree leaving the perfect amount left in the can to whip up a batch of this pumpkin cookie dough.

Whether or not you choose to roll the cookie dough into bites like I did here is up to you.

Either way, it’s a delicious fall version of the back-in-the-day healthy cookie dough trend.

edible pumpkin cookie dough batter before being shaped into bite-sized balls

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN PUMPKIN COOKIE DOUGH?

The base of this no-bake cookie dough is made using chickpeas.

I’ve used beans as the base of healthier baked goods before like in these black bean brownies and peanut butter stuffed black bean cookies and just like I’ve said in both those recipes, I promise you can’t taste the actual beans.

The same promise applies to this pumpkin cookie dough.

In addition to the chickpeas, this recipe uses:

  • canned pumpkin puree
  • cashew butter
  • coconut flour
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • maple syrup
  • vanilla extract
  • salt
  • chocolate chips

ingredients to make no-bake edible pumpkin cookie dough

INGREDIENT SUBSTITUTION OPTIONS

Cashew butter – if you don’t have cashew butter on hand, use any other creamy nut butter except for peanut butter. Peanut butter is delicious but its flavor is too strong for these pumpkin pie cookie dough bites and will overpower the pumpkin and spices.

Pumpkin pie spice – if the spice blend isn’t something you keep on hand, just use the individual spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and allspice. I would do a ratio of 50/15/15/10/10 respectively for those individual spices.

Coconut flour – While you can use oat flour or almond flour in place of the coconut flour in this recipe, be aware that you’ll likely have to use more than the stated amount of coconut flour. Coconut flour is very absorbent so a small amount goes a long way. I’d expect to likely double the amount of flour used with oat or almond flour as a substitute.

using a cookie dough scoop to shape pumpkin cookie dough into balls

A TRICK FOR INCREDIBLY SMOOTH PUMPKIN COOKIE DOUGH

I use this trick when I teach people how to roast chickpeas for the most crispy, crunchy result and it applies here too – peel the chickpeas!

This effort will take you 10 minutes. I know because I’ve literally timed myself doing it.

It’s a bit tedious but if you blast your 3 favorite songs, you’ll be through it in no time.

Just like they make for incredibly smooth hummus, peeled chickpeas really help the texture best resemble real cookie dough.

No worries if you don’t have the attention span or time for peeling each chickpea, the cookie dough will still come out just fine.

But, trust me that it’s worth the time commitment if you can!

pumpkin cookie dough bites drizzled with melted chocolate

What would cookie dough be if not studded with chocolate chips?

While the pumpkin spice flavors are warming and cozy, just like in my pumpkin spice chocolate chip bites, I added chocolate chips to this pumpkin cookie dough to up the “treat” factor a bit.

If that wasn’t enough, should you choose to scoop these into bite-sized cookie dough balls, there’s an additional melted chocolate drizzle which gives you the perfect opportunity to sprinkle some flaky sea salt on top too as it sets.

edible pumpkin cookie dough balls are a healthy vegan and gluten-free fall treat

COOKIE DOUGH DIP OR COOKIE DOUGH BITES?

You can enjoy this pumpkin cookie dough in two ways:

  • as a delicious sweet dip
  • as fun cookie dough bites

PUMPKIN COOKIE DOUGH DIP OPTION

The cookie dough dip option is a great one to feed a crowd. Say you’re having a fall or Halloween party and want a sweet treat a bunch of people can enjoy, go with the dip option.

Serve the cookie dough in bowls and use graham crackers, cinnamon pita chips or even cookies to scoop it up!

PUMPKIN COOKIE DOUGH BITES OPTION

The bites, like I made here, are great for keeping on hand if you prefer to enjoy the cookie dough little by little as a snack or dessert. 

I keep them stored in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for 1-2 weeks and grab one in between meals or as part of my dessert that night.

Soft, no-bake pumpkin cookie dough studded with mini chocolate chips and drizzled with melted chocolate

HEALTHY, VEGAN AND GLUTEN-FREE PUMPKIN COOKIE DOUGH

Using chickpeas instead of flour, cashew butter instead of butter and maple syrup in place of cane sugar, these pumpkin cookie dough bites are already strides healthier than typical edible cookie dough.

The pumpkin puree also adds some additional nutrients to the cookie dough as pumpkin is a good source of vitamins A and C as well as fiber.

The cookie dough also happens to be vegan and gluten-free, making this a treat pretty much anyone can enjoy!

Be sure to use vegan/dairy-free chocolate chips if necessary! I normally buy Enjoy Life semi-sweet chocolate chips for this purpose.

Enjoy no-bake pumpkin cookie dough balls as a healthier fall treat that's vegan and gluten-free

These are the perfect treat when you’re looking to indulge in some fall flavors without really indulging.

They’re just barely sweet (add more maple syrup or top with raw sugar instead of sea salt for a sweeter bite) but totally hit the spot for a delicious pumpkin treat.

MORE PUMPKIN RECIPES

If you love pumpkin desserts, try my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars and Paleo Pumpkin Pie Fudge which is another no-bake recipe. 

And definitely check out these No Bake Chocolate Coconut Pumpkin Bars – I ate these on repeat for almost 2 years as my favorite no-bake treat.

edible pumpkin cookie dough

Pumpkin Cookie Dough Bites

Yield: 18 bites
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This edible, no-bake pumpkin cookie dough is shaped into bite-sized balls studded with chocolate chips and flaky sea salt for a healthy, vegan & gluten-free fall treat!

Ingredients

  • 15 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup cashew butter (*see note)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips (**see note)
  • flaky sea salt for garnish

For the chocolate drizzle

  • 3 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients except coconut flour and chocolate chips to a food processor. Process until mostly smooth, scrape down the sides as needed.
  2. Add the coconut flour and pulse until a ball of dough forms in the food processor.
  3. Transfer the mixture into a large bowl. Add the chocolate chips and fold into the dough until well distributed.
  4. Use a medium cookie scoop to scoop out dough into the shape of a ball and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Alternatively, you can use a heaping tablespoon of dough and wet hands to form into balls.
  5. Place the chocolate chips and coconut oil for the chocolate drizzle in a small bowl. Microwave until melted, stir until well combined.
  6. Drizzle the melted chocolate mixture on top of the pumpkin cookie dough bites. Garnish with flaky sea salt.
  7. Transfer to the refrigerator to set for 20-30 minutes. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Notes

*Other nut butters can be used (avoid peanut butter as it imparts too strong a peanut butter flavor) in place of cashew butter. Make sure they are creamy not crunchy varieties.

**Make sure to use vegan chocolate chips if needed. I like the Enjoy Life brand.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 102Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 152mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g

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Debra

Friday 16th of October 2020

Have you tried baking these? If so, did you like the result? Love the ingredients...thinking it should work? Edible dough is great, but today I want something like this ... but warm and gooey. :) I'm going to bake a few and see what happens!

Running to the Kitchen

Sunday 18th of October 2020

I haven't - they're definitely more of a no-bake treat. It probably would work though. Let me know how it comes out if you try!

Emily

Friday 25th of September 2020

I adore those cookie dough bites, they look so AMAZING! Thanks for sharing the recipe, keep up the great work!

KGL Staff

Thursday 24th of September 2020

Thank you SOOO much for making me a cook! Your recipes are so easy and delicious. I have never really considered myself good at cooking but your recipes have made me love being in the recipe. My family can be somewhat picky but he loves your food too so that’s saying something! Keep it up! Can’t wait for more damn delicious!

Noelle

Tuesday 22nd of September 2020

Yum! These were delicious! Can't wait to make them again!

Clara

Tuesday 22nd of September 2020

These were delish, I love the combo of pumpkin puree, coconut flour and mapke syrup. Im really enjoying all these recipes that you up great protein sources like chickpeas.

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