These Clean Eating Gluten-Free Vegan Pumpkin Spice Thumbprint Cookies taste as good as they look!
I based the cookie off of a thumbprint cookie recipe in my Clean Eating eCookbook (which you can buy here) and filled the middle with a pumpkin spice filling and covered it with pecans.
They’re ready in about 30 minutes or so, including assembly, and will make a nice presentation on the dessert table at your next holiday family gathering.
Traditional pumpkin spice cookies are filled with unhealthy ingredients, like this similar packaged pumpkin cookie dessert:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Little Debbie Pumpkin Delights Soft Filled Cookies Ingredients:
Ingredients: Flour Enriched Bleached, (Wheat Flour, Niacin Vitamin B3, Iron Reduced, Thiamine Mononitrate Vitamin B1, Riboflavin Vitamin B2, Folic Acid Vitamin B9), Vegetables Shortening (Soybeans Oil Partially Hydrogenated, Cottonseed Oil Partially Hydrogenated), Sugar, Corn Syrup, Pumpkin Puree, Corn Syrup High Fructose, Dextrose, Molasses, Water, Butter Dairy, Salt, Baking Soda, Eggs, Spices, Corn Starch, Sorbic Acid, To Preserve Freshness, Flavors Artificial, Whey from Milk, Eggs Whites (source).
They are filled with bleached flour, GMO ingredients (soybean oil, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch, etc), artificial flavors and dairy (eggs, butter, whey).
Even homemade recipes are just as bad, containing typical ingredients like: 1 package yellow cake mix, 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats, 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1 can solid-pack pumpkin, 1 egg, 2 tbs canola oil, 3 cups confectioners’ sugar, 4 tbsp orange juice.
Actually, some homemade versions are probably worse because they use a boxed yellow cake mix that not only includes bleached white flour, but even more GMO ingredients (corn starch, soy lecithin), dairy (whey protein), artificial flavors and even artificial food coloring:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Pillsbury Moist Supreme Classic Yellow Cake Mix Ingredients:
Ingredients: Flavors Artificial, Baking Powder, Flour Bleached Enriched, Cellulose Gum, Dextrose, Corn Starch, Diglycerides, Wheat Starch Modified, Monoglyceride, Vegetables Oil Partially Hydrogenated, Polysorbate 60, Propylene Glycol Mono and Diester, Red 40, Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Sugar, Whey Protein Concentrate, Xanthan Gum, Yellow 5 (source).
This healthier version is vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, flourless, dairy-free, egg-free, paleo-friendly and contains no refined sugars.
Want more healthy dessert recipes? Check out Gluten-Free Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies, Flourless Chocolate Fudge Mint Cookies, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies or my Clean Eating eCookbook with an entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating dessert recipes just like this one that you will love!
5 Fast Facts About Almonds (Almond Flour):*
- helps to regulate cholesterol and blood pressure
- energy booster
- loaded with calcium and fiber
- 1/4 cup contains 8 grams of vegan protein
- high in anti-oxidants
5 Fast Facts About Maple Syrup:*
- contains manganese and zinc
- super high in anti-oxidants
- helps with inflammation
- 1/4 cup contains more calcium than the same amount of milk
- 1/4 cup contains more potassium than a banana
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:*
- super high in lauric acid
- rich in antioxidants
- contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
- helps to improve metabolism
- improves cholesterol levels
5 Fast Facts About Pumpkin:*
- high in beta-carotene
- full of iron, zinc and vitamin C
- rich in anti-oxidants
- 280% RDA of vitamin A
- good source of B complex vitamins
5 Fast Facts About Pecans:*
- contains naturally occurring anti-oxidants
- helps to lower cholesterol
- high quality source of protein
- contains more 19 vitamins and minerals
- excellent source of vitamin E
5 Fast Facts About Vanilla Bean Powder:*
- high in anti-oxidants
- can help reduce inflammation
- contains small traces of minerals
- 1 teaspoon contains 3 g of protein and 3 g of fiber
*These statements have not been evaluated by Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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