Pumpkin bread. Pumpkin ravioli. Even pumpkin beer. This time of year, it’s easier to list the things that don’t include this healthy fall vegetable. While many of us enjoy pumpkin for its traditional autumn flavor, it’s packed with amazing nutrition benefits, too. A serving of cooked pumpkin offers more than 200 percent of your RDA for anti-aging Vitamin A, and pumpkin is also a good source of Beta Carotene, which may have cancer prevention benefits. That’s good news for your skin!
With a fall chill in the air, why not bake something to commemorate the season? Cookies may not be the epitome of health food, but when you add in dark chocolate and pumpkin, you up the antioxidant factor – so you can happily indulge in moderation.
Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 c. canned pumpkin
1 c. sugar
½ c. olive oil
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. milk
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
2 c. dark chocolate chips
- Combine pumpkin, sugar, oil, and egg in a bowl.
- In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
- Dissolve baking soda in milk and stir into flour mixture.
- Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and combine.
- Stir in vanilla and chocolate chips.
- Drop by spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
Enjoy this fall treat and savor the flavors of the season!