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 Cookbook (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: 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
They contain 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.
This healthier version is vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, flourless, dairy-free, egg-free, paleo-friendly and contains no refined sugars.
Want More Healthy Vegan Dessert Recipes?
Check out these:
- Gluten-Free Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
- Flourless Chocolate Fudge Mint Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
- or my CLEAN DESSERTS Cookbook with 72 plant-based vegan + gluten-free no-bake dessert recipes made with clean, real food ingredients just like this one that you will love!
Hi, I'm Karielyn! I'm the published cookbook author of CLEAN DESSERTS and content creator of The Healthy Family and Home website since 2012. I specialize in creating easy, healthy plant-based recipes that are gluten-free + vegan and made with clean, real food ingredients that you can feel good about eating.