A No Bake Cookie That Salutes Fall

September 4, 2012   48 Comments

I’ve spent some time trying not to bake, but I still love cookies. The best cookies, of course, are made with love.

No Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie

Other than love, you can add things like butter, sugar, and chocolate to make them taste great or you can go with a challenge.

How about pumpkin, oats, and raisins? These might not be met with the same enthusiasm as a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie, but they can satisfy that “I NEED a cookie” impulse that goes with your afternoon coffee.

I will be honest with you, my children were a bit unhappy with these. I made the mistake of telling them that I was making cookies and they took one look and said, “Those aren’t cookies!”.

Ah well.

In retrospect, I should have added some mini chocolate chips for them instead of the raisins to convince them that these were a treat. You can try that and see if your kids like them more than mine did.

I find these to be like a combination of pumpkin pie and an oatmeal raisin cookie. They are fun to make and require one bowl, no oven, and very little clean up time.

This recipe uses quick oats. If you only have rolled oats, pulse them a few times in a food processor to make the size of the oat much smaller. Quick oats are just chopped up rolled oats. These cookies can be gluten-free if you use gluten-free certified oats.

I used canned pumpkin which you can find in the baking section.

Does anyone have ideas for what you could do with the rest of the can? What do you do with two-thirds of a can of pumpkin?

No Bake Pumpkin, Raisin, Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

4.0 from 2 reviews

(makes 12)

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1 cup quick oats
¼ cup raisins
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
⅓ cup canned pumpkin
1 tablespoon oil (such as canola)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons honey


Combine all the dry ingredients. Mix in the wet ingredients and roll into balls. Serve or refrigerate them for later consumption.

Nutrition Facts

For one ball = 56 calories, 1.6 g fat, 10 g carbohydrates, 4.8g sugar, 1.0 g protein, 0.8 g fiber, 51 mg sodium, 2 Points+

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What to do with 2/3 of a can of pumpkin? You could freeze it in two portions to make your cookies again soon. Or, make a homemade pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin muffins, etc. Pumpkin freezes pretty well.

It's very good for dogs!

You can make a yummy pumpkin soup by heating the pumpkin with a little half & half and pumpkin pie spice or nutmeg. Yummy!

You can also add 1/2 a can to 1/2 a box of brownie mix and make a small tray of brownies. Add nothing else - just the pumpkin. Keep stirring and bake. You can't even taste it and the brownies are much healthier.

These look good. I'd love to see more pumpkin recipes for fall!!

Save the pumpkin in a bowl in the refrigerator; use it for breakfast the next few days!. Stir 1/4 to 1/3 cup of the pumpkin into a bowl of piping hot oatmeal, add some ground flaxseed, vanilla protein powder, cinnamon, turmeric (start w/ 1/8 t. and work your way up--it's an acquired taste ;-) and ground ginger, stir together and enjoy! You've just eaten a serving of veggies for breakfast...yea!!

Another great way to use up the pumpkin is to add it to your next batch of chili! Yes, I said chili. It makes it thick and rich. You won't taste the pumpkin flavor, but will benefit from all the health benefits.

You can add almond milk, ice, and pumpkin pie spice, some caramel flavor to pumpkin and toss it in the blender...mmmmm a pumpkin smoothie.

Love the ideas for the extra pumpkin. Didn't know that it was good for dogs. I was going to say put alittle on face while you make the cookies for a facial. :-}

I can't wait to try these!! There have been alot of pumpkin smoothie recipes floating around...I think that I would have try one with the leftover pumpkin! I love Fall! Bring on the pumpkins and apples!

Leftover pumpkin? You make a pumpkin shake, of course! :-) OK, well, two pumpkin shakes!

A third of a cup of pumpkin, a half cup of non-fat plain Greek yogurt, a squirt of agave or honey, a little pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and process with some ice in a blender until it reaches the desired consistency. I always top mine with some granola that I have handy in the fridge.

Or, my other favorite leftover pumpkin thing... I keep some very ripe bananas in the freezer to throw in the food processor when I'm craving ice cream. When I have leftover pumpkin, I throw it in a baggie in the freezer, and when I'm ready for ice cream, I take out the banana and pumpkin, and let them thaw a little on the counter. I throw them both in the food processor with a dash or two of cinnamon and just let it go until it's all creamy and yummy. You can chuck it back in the freezer if you want your "ice cream" a little more firm.

My first thought was to use it for the dogs... it is FIBER, so only use a little at first (1 tsp to 2 tbsp for a large dog, but start small). Love the other ideas for smoothies, etc. I also have heard you can freeze it,

These recipe looks great and i have to try it. Left over pumpkin? Besides smoothies and ice cream, i use it in baked oatmeal. Love that when it turns cooler!

I freeze my pumpkin in a freezer bag laying flat. Then you can quickly thaw it in water one morning and add it to pancake mix. Here is my recipe…

Too make them more "cookie-like" could you flatten them out, rather than leave them as balls?

Pumpkin pancakes!Though I love the idea for my dog and the oatmeal. it is great in chili too!

Yay pumpkin! They look fantastic, can't wait to try it out!

My dog gets pumpkin and some coconut oil since both are good for her. I use pumpkin in oatmeal, soup, a pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin smoothies and I smooth some on my face with oatmeal & brown sugar for a great mask. (it also tastes pretty good).

Libby's website has a ton of ideas. You can make pancakes, waffles, pudding, flan, cake roll, freeze it and have it for Halloween and Thanksgiving. xo

I second the pumpkin chili is so delicious and what a great health boost it gives turkey chili!

I've heard that adding it to yogurt and a pinch of cinnamon makes for a great breakfast, haven't tried it yet, but...

Pumpkin with low fat, low sodium cottage cheese, raisins, a bit of agave nector, cinnamon and ground flaxseed it a great afternoon and very healthy snack.

OR... Pumpkin Pancakes. Add it to your favorite pancake batter. Use oat or almond flour to make it a lighter version with some cinnamon, ginger, etc.

Mix a bit of pumpkin with plain no-fat yogurt, add hemp seeds, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, cinnamon, walnuts and maple syrup (amounts vary as to your own taste). Makes a great breakfast...almost like pumpkin cheesecake!

I love love love the Pumpkin cookies!

I cook pumpkin a lot. Pumpkin makes for great vegetable dishes and are spectacular with rice or pita.Boiled pumpkin with mustard and green chilies is amazing side dish too.

triple the recipe and freeze the cookies in batches!

Agree! Mix with yogurt ...nice breakfast!

these look great I'm going to try them with mini choc chips. The leftover pumpkin is going into my oatmeal mmmmmmmmmmmm

I add leftover pumpkin to my favorite pancake recipe!

I use it to make dog cookies. I second the chili idea, too. It is a great addition there. I love the suggestion for pumpkin pancakes. I think I'm buying some pumpkin on the next grocery run.

I made these last night and they were amazing!

I've used the extra pumpkin in oatmeal with some raisins and it makes for a delicious breakfast!

Pumpkin is actually a fruit, not a vegetable. And these probably won't work if you flatten it out. Snack-girl some of the names you have for your creations don't exactly fit. I would probably call these Pumpkin Oat Balls with Raisins. Maybe add the word Fall in there to make it sound more festive but then it might throw some people off.

I've also added pumpkin to cottage cheese oat pancakes.

these cookies are amazing!

I use canned pumpkin in my soup broth. It's great for thickening the sauce.

These "cookies" look great and I can't wait to try them.

"Oh my god" was my wife's response when I made these for us.

We try to avoid added oil, so I subbed 1Tbsp water for the oil, but followed everything else as directed.


Thanks, Lisa; these will be a nice addition to the healthy treats I try to make for us.

I feed it to my dog! Fiber is great for their digestive systems, and it will eliminate burn marks on your lawn from them urinating on it!

Lisa, use the rest in this amazing Pumpkin Power Smoothie!

Pumpkin Power Smoothies
1 can pure pumpkin(NOT pie filling)
2-3 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
¼ tsp. ground ginger
¼ tsp. allspice
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tbsp. honey
1 frozen banana

Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until completely smooth. Serve any time of day for a delicious, nutrient-dense treat.

These are HEAVENLY!!! Thank you! I used coconut oil instead of canola and 1 1/2 Tbsp agave instead of honey, and it really hit the spot! I LOVE that I can eat 2 of these and feel more satisfied than when the old me used to eat an entire pan of pumpkin cookies in one evening!

Just got done with my first attempt at these cookies. I must say theye didnt turn out too bad. They taste very healthy. i would probably up the spice a little bit just because i like more of a spice when i eat anything pumpkin and for a strong ginger taste to pop out but like i said they are still good cookies good recipe. thank you for sharing

I give 2 tsp. to my cat. It's good for them, too!

Also, we eat it for a veggie with dinner. Add cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice and sweetener, and microwave tii hot.

@Ruth - Funny to see you mentioned this, because that is EXACTLY what I came to say! Only, I HAVE tried it, and it's FANTASTIC!! I actually use any type of winter squash (pumpkin is a type of winter squash), mix it with vanilla yogurt and a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and clove. And not just for breakfast!! You could eat this stuff all day it is sooo good!

You kids would probably have like them better if you had flatten them out and stuck a few choc, chips on top...that way they look more like a cookie :)

The rest of the can pumpkin, you could make pumpkin bread and freeze it.....add some nuts and it is delicious....even add some grated carrots to make it more healthy, even pineapple....just don't tell your kids you added the carrots :)

Love your blog.....

Curry the extra pumpkin!

add pumpkin to low fat ricotta and sprinkle on a bit of cinnamon or nutmeg. You might want to use a tiny bit of honey or agave or even sugar to make it a little sweeter but its pretty good without sweetness too. Its a yummy, thick, custard like dessert....and who doesn't love dessert?

The chili idea & the smoothie sounds like a winner....

My daughter makes a pumpkin bread just by using a box of Spice cake mix & small can of pumpkin.....NOTHING ELSE.......

You can add some to butterscotch pudding with a little pumpkin pie spice and voila! Pumpkin pie in a bowl!

I have a question as how many ounces in the can of Pumpkin should be 15 or 29 for the recipe it self or any of the recipes in the blog

The question is ask because a third of a can for a 15oz is smaller than a third of a can for 29oz can

thank you for the response

I never usr canned pumpkin. I much prefer ftesh. That said i am always looking for new pumpkin recipes!

I added some coconut. We didn't refrigerate. I was getting rid of the 1/3 rd can of pumpkin.

P.S.Raisins are grapes....dangerous for dogs.


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