Well, I unexpectedly took last week off from blogging.  I had every intention of sitting down to write, but every time I did something (or 3 someones) needed my attention instead.  By Thursday I threw up my hands in surrender and gave up.  Sometimes, weeks just don’t go as planned, this I know.  And while I don’t mind the unexpected, sometimes too much of it in one week is just that…too much.

A weekend getaway, with my oldest boy, to Colorado felt like a good (albeit quite cold) reset.  Coming home I felt centered again and ready to tackle another full week.

Yesterday, the boys and I found ourselves with nothing on the calendar after school.  No activities.  This is a bit of a rarity and felt like it should be celebrated and savored.  The colors on the trees are really coming in, so with camera and snacks in hand we headed to a local park to toss around the football, walk some trails and find a few autumn treasures.

These hearty cookies, are the perfect snack for a fall afternoon spent walking trails or raking (and jumping) piles of leaves.

Pumpkin Trail Mix Cookies


  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup granulated or maple sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, flaxseeds, cinnamon, salt, chocolate chips, sunflower seeds and coconut. In a separate bowl combine the wet ingredients; pumpkin, melted butter and vanilla.
  3. Stir together the wet and dry ingredients. The batter will be slightly stiff. Add more pumpkin puree if needed.
  4. Drop tablespoons of batter onto the parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 10-14 minutes. Place on cooling rack when done baking and store in an airtight container.

adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook


14 Responses to Pumpkin Trail Mix Cookies

  1. Maria says:

    I love these cookies and your photos are beautiful!

  2. Your photos are absolutely beautiful. I love anything pumpkin so I MUST try these cookies! :)

  3. Loved your pictures. And, the cookies look great. I think I may just have to make these. With three children I’d say you are doing great just getting posts out there!

    Kelly Turnbull

  4. Kimberley says:

    Oh life. I totally understand the value in taking a week away from blogging, even if unplanned. And these cookies, oh. Yes, please.

    • Alison says:

      Thanks Kimberly. I’m finding sometimes these unplanned breaks are the best things that can happen.

  5. Heather says:

    Beautiful photos – so crisp and light, I love days such as the one you captured with your boys

  6. Hi again,

    I made the cookies (along with two loaves of banana bread and a french yogurt cake…yes, I got a little crazy. Fall can do that to me.

    Anyhow, the cookies are really good. I tweaked the recipe a bit… omitted the chocolate chips, used sweetened coconut and buckwheat flour, and added one mashed banana.

    Thank you for the recipe !


    • Alison says:

      Those sound delicious Kelly! Fall brings on the urge to bake for me too. Something about how cozy and warm it makes our home.

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