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Pumpkin Cookie Trail Snacks

Pumpkin Cookie Trail Snacks Recipe By: Cece Kirkwood This post may contain affiliate links.

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Feel that chill in the air? Yeah, that’s mother nature calling to you and announcing that it is fall. My favorite hiking season which calls for an all new fall-themed trail snack

Grab your adventure buddy and bake these super simple Pumpkin Cookie Trail Snacks with me. The pecans and flaxseed will keep you full and the pumpkin is a heart-healthy food that will give you energy to keep adventuring! 


The Ingredients for the Pumpkin Cookie Trail Snacks

  • Pumpkin puree: This heart-healthy, energy filled base will bring all the flavors of fall to your taste buds
  • Rolled oats: This whole grain will be the main cookie dough base, instead of your typical flour. They are not pre-cooked! Throw them into the bowl as-is
  • Spices including cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and ginger: One of my favorite flavor combinations for an autumnal bake
  • Optional flaxseed or chia seed: For a little extra fiber, throw in a couple tablespoons of flaxseed or chia seeds! Whichever one you have in the pantry is fine
  • Pure maple syrup: This ingredient is the magic one that will keep all the ingredients together. You could also swap this out for honey, but the maple syrup is a great compliment to pumpkin 
  • Final touches: vanilla extract, salt, chocolate chips and chopped pecans or walnuts: For that extra razzle dazzle in the recipe

The Pumpkin Cookie Trail Snacks Process 

This recipe is super simple and can be whipped together in just about 10 minutes! To prepare, preheat the oven and pre-measure the ingredients into individual bowls. 

In a large bowl add the rolled oats, salt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, ginger and optional flaxseed or chia seed. Whisk everything together until the rolled oats are evenly coated in the spices. 

Then, add the pumpkin puree, maple syrup and vanilla and combine using a rubber spatula. Finally, add the chocolate chips and nuts and combine once more.

Scoop and roll the cookies into 10 1 inch balls. The dough is a little crumbly, but just use your hands to push the dough balls together. Flatten the cookies lightly using the rubber spatula and then bake in the oven for 15 minutes. 

Let them cool and pack them up for your next outdoor adventure fuel! 

The Tips 

Do I need to blot my pumpkin puree? 

I know for my other pumpkin recipes, I typically ask you to blot the pumpkin puree before using it. This time, we are leaving the pumpkin as is! These cookies will need the moisture from the puree to keep everything “sticking” together. 

Why is this recipe in Grams?

Baking is a science and in science you want things to be exact and precise. The best way to do this is by weighing out your ingredients using a simple scale. Ever baked a cookie using the same recipe, yet somehow it turns out slightly different each time? That is because when measuring by volume, you can’t be as precise. It is vital that your ingredient ratios are accurate for a reliable bake every time. 

How long do the Pumpkin Cookie Trail Snacks last in the fridge?

Placed in an airtight container, these will stay fresh for 3-4 days. Typically though I will bake thes the night before a hike and eat them all during that weekend adventure!

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Pumpkin Cookie Trail Snacks

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Grab your buddy and bake these super simple Pumpkin Cookie Trail Snacks that will keep you full and give you energy for your adventure.

  • Author: Cece
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 25 min
  • Yield: 10 cookies 1x

Ingredients

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  • 150g pumpkin puree
  • 135g rolled oats
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • Optional: 2 tbsp of flaxseed or chia seed
  • 60g pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 25g chocolate chips
  • 30g chopped pecans or walnuts

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF and pre-measure the ingredients
  • In a large bowl add the rolled oats, salt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, ginger and optional flaxseed or chia seed
  • Whisk everything together until the rolled oats are coated in the spices
  • Add the pumpkin puree, maple syrup and vanilla and combine using a rubber spatula
  • Then, add the chocolate chips and nuts and combine once more
  • Scoop and roll the cookies into 10 1 inch balls
  • Flatten the cookies lightly using the rubber spatula
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes
  • Let them cool and pack them up for your next outdoor adventure fuel!

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