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Tasty Low Sugar Recipe: Pumpkin Protein Cookies

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For a Tasty Low Sugar Recipe, Try These Pumpkin Protein Cookies!

low sugar recipeYou can make surprisingly delicious pumpkin cookies without using sugar, and this recipe contains extra protein as an added bonus. Here's what you need:

  • 1c rolled oats
  • ½c pumpkin puree
  • 1c whole wheat flour
  • ½c soy flour
  • ¾c Splenda® Granular
  • ½tsp baking powder
  • 1 ¾tsp baking soda
  • 2tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½tsp salt
  • 1Tbsp canola oil
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2tsp water
  • 1tsp molasses
  • OPTIONAL: 1Tbsp flax seeds

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees while you mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Put the dry ingredients in first followed by the pumpkin, water, egg whites, canola oil, and molasses. Add the flax seeds last, if you decide to use them. Roll the dough into 14 large balls and flatten them on a baking sheet.

Only bake these cookies for five minutes! If you over-bake them, they come out extremely dry. Then enjoy the result of this low sugar recipe without worrying about your waistline, since each cookie only has 89 calories (20 from fat). The cookies also only have 2.2g of fat, no cholesterol, 2.7g of fiber, and only 2.4g of sugars. Plus they provide several other vital nutrients like vitamin A, iron, and magnesium.

Low Sugar vs. Traditional Recipe

Compare that with typical pumpkin cookies that have 5g of fat, 2.5g of saturated fat, and 10.4g of sugars. The ingredients in that recipe include:

  • 1c white sugar
  • ½c shortening
  • 1c pumpkin puree
  • 2c all-purpose flour
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼tsp salt
  • 1 ½c butterscotch chips

Mix the sugar and shortening together, then add pumpkin and vanilla. Sift together all the dry ingredients and add to the bowl. Then add the butterscotch chips, and drop spoonfuls of the dough onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

But remember, you can enjoy the low sugar recipe just as much without all the extra fat, calories, and guilt!

About our Savvy Advisor: Laura Horwitz

Laura is a featured contributor to the "Recipe Makeover" series which serves up recipes with all of the flavor and half of the guilt!