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Christmas No-Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies

23 Comments 11 December 2013

Christmas No-Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies

Have you been baking Christmas cookies? Most Christmas cookies are loaded with sugar regardless of their gluten content. But they don’t have to be. Not only do I have a cookie for you that’s far healthier than traditional Christmas cookies, I have a great resource for finding even more healthy Christmas cookie recipes created by some of your favorite bloggers!

Sandra of Candida Diet Plan is hosting a healthy cookie event that you’re going to want to check out. She asked 15 bloggers to join her in creating their healthiest tastiest Christmas cookie to share at her event. You can check out her preview post here. I will be sharing her round up here at GFC just as soon as it’s posted.

These Christmas No-Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies are my contribution to Sandra’s event!


They’re gluten-free, grain-free, and refined sugar-free sweetened with just a half cup of grade B maple syrup for 3-4 dozen cookies! And they’re incredibly versatile. You can vary their size, shape, or trimmings.

Start with the base recipe and enjoy the chocolaty pumpkinness by itsself.


Or roll them in your favorite chopped nut, dried fruit, or coconut. Sweet cashews taste delicious.


I love pistachios for a festive green color!


You could even turn them into a thumbprint cookie and fill the center with a frosting, jam, or a simple dark chocolate chip.


And they look really cute arranged like a Christmas tree.


Best part? (Besides the taste.) You don’t have to bake. Mix them up, roll them around, and keep them in the freezer. They keep for weeks and are easy to pull out, thaw slightly, and serve.

Christmas No-Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies

by Heather



1. Place all ingredients except chopped nuts in the food processor and process until smooth.

2. Roll into small balls by hand and then roll the balls in chopped nuts. Or press your thumb into the top of the ball to flatten. Fill the thumbprint with filling of your choice.

3. Store in the freezer for at least an hour. Serve slightly thawed.

Makes 3-4 dozen cookies depending on the size of the balls

Are you wondering why I use nut flours from More on that soon!

Readers, dish!

  • What is your favorite healthy Christmas cookie?
  • Do you bake with almond flour or coconut flour?
  • What Christmas cookie do you wish had a healthy version?

Your Comments

23 Comments so far

  1. You’re the BEST!

    Thanks sooo much for the shout out and creating these fabulous cookies for us :)

    The round up post with the 15 AMAZING Christmas Cookies will go live tomorrow… See you then!

  2. These treats look and sound incredible!

  3. Natalia says:

    Wow, they look divine! Thank you for this delicicous recipe!

  4. Johnna says:

    Yay, a pumpkin cookie recipe! I get a little sad when “pumpkin season” ends. This is the cure to my sadness. Making these to share with the neighbors!

  5. I love these both ways, Heather! Adorable and on doubt super delicious! :-) I’m taking part in that roundup, too. I can’t wait to see the rest of the recipes!


  6. Nice! Can’t wait to try these out!

  7. Sophie says:

    I made your tasty treats just now & I am loving them so much!
    Really tasty!!!!

  8. jules says:

    Please share these on our Gluten-Free Cookie Swap, Cat! Post a gorgeous cookie photo (or collage photo) with the recipe (not just the link, the actual recipe) and thousands of others can see your cookie work and try for themselves! You’ll also be entered to win tons of great kitchen prizes! See all the info on the 2013 Cookie Swap tab!
    Merry Christmas to you!

  9. Laura says:

    These are so unique – and look delicious! Yum!

  10. These look so good! I love the idea of rolling in chopped pistachios, very cute for Christmas!

  11. Yum! These are so clever – thanks for the idea.

  12. Genie says:

    I’ve been looking for more pumpkin recipes. I need to use up my stash of cooked pumpkin in the freezer before we move out of state in the spring. This one will go on my list.

  13. Pistachios are the bomb! And then you’ve gone and rolled these delicious no-bake cookies in them. I’m in heaven!
    The only thing I can think of that would make them even better… is if I didn’t have to share them when I made them 😉

  14. I love the idea of both versions of this cookie. I don’t think we have a pumpkin cookie on our Christmas menu yet, and I’m not sure why…by the way, I’ve heard so many great things about (and my limited experience has borne them out), so I’m looking forward to hearing you say your piece.

  15. France says:

    I have to tell you that you’re after my own heart with the simplicity of these cookies! I’m not much of a baker and these look decadent and wonderful without the failure rate of baking.


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I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, fitness fanatic, gluten-free foodie, high-raw vegan, and Mama Cat living in NYC. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. While I'm not 100% vegan, it's my favorite way to eat, and making and sharing raw foods makes me giddy. Living in the City has its joys and challenges, and I enjoy sharing my experiences with you.

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