A moist and chewy gluten and dairy-free cookies, with no refined sugar, that covers all the fall flavors


It’s nearly Thanksgiving, so it’s almost expected that I try more recipes using pumpkin.  I think this weekend went much better than my trials last year (read about them here, here and here).  So much that these cookies, which were an experiment unto themselves, ended up being something my friend came back specifically for more of when she did the original taste test.  She said, and I quote ‘these are so good’.  If that’s not an endorsement, I don’t know what is!

So these are a concoction of ingredients that seem to kind of work together.  Pumpkin puree, peanut butter, cranberries, walnuts and oats.  And no refined sugar.  Bonus all round.  And tasty, too.  Everyone agrees, except for Abby … who doesn’t like cranberries, so I don’t think her vote counts.  

But you should try them.  And let me know what you think.

Walnut and cranberry cookies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cup almond flour 133g
  • 1 cup oats 93g
  • 1 tbs cinnamon
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter 95g
  • 1/2 cup honey 150g
  • 2 tbs milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1/2 cup cranberries


  1. Preheat oven to 325F / 160C and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. In another medium bowl, stir together the wet ingredients.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix just until combined.
  5. Fold in the walnuts and cranberries until throughout the batter.
  6. Shape into 1" balls and flatten them on the baking pan (they will not spread).
  7. Bake for 17 minutes. The cookies will still appear soft and they will not brown around the edges, but this makes them nice and chewy.
  8. Leave on baking tray to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.