No Bake Pumpkin Cookies

No Bake Pumpkin Cookies | Plaid and PaleoYeah more pumpkin! This weekend I went to the pumpkin patch with my friend in Orange County. I haven’t been to a pumpkin patch in years, and it was so much fun! Pumpkins as far as the eye can see! After an hour of walking around, we both settled on a couple of pumpkins. I’m still debating if mine will be for decoration or pumpkin puree! 

It’s starting to feel a little like fall in LA with cool rains dampening the constant sunshine. After my major fail pumpkin dessert, I decided to try one a little less labor intensive. These no bake pumpkin cookies are awesome and so easy to make! They aren’t too pumpkin-y if you aren’t 100% on the pumpkin bandwagon. I love how the subtle pumpkin flavor combines with the spices and coconut for the perfect bite-sized treat!

Update 9/17/14: It is once again pumpkin season, and I finally made these cookies again and reshot them. I tweaked the recipe a little to make it simpler if you already own pumpkin pie spice! I love customizing my own pumpkin pie spice, but I know lots of people have pumpkin pie spice on hand. Either way these no bake pumpkin cookies are still easy and delicious!

No Bake Pumpkin Cookies | Plaid and Paleo

No Bake Paleo Pumpkin Cookies

Yield: 18


  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon*
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg*
  • 1/4 tsp ginger*
  • 1/4 tsp cloves*
  • 1/4 tsp allspice*
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
  • *Or 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice


  1. Mix everything except coconut in a large microwave safe bowl.
  2. Stir until well combined and nuke for 20 seconds. You can skip this step if you don’t like using the microwave, but it melds the flavors of the sauce.
  3. In the same bowl, add in shredded coconut and mix well.
  4. Scoop 1 tablespoon mounds onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or silicon mat.
  5. Refrigerate for 2 hours to set.
  6. Move to airtight container and store in fridge for up to 5 days.

x vanessa
No Bake Pumpkin Cookies | Plaid and Paleo


    • vanessa says:

      I think you could substitute the coconut oil for butter but it will change the flavor a little. For the almond butter, you could sub it with peanut butter but not regular butter. Hope that helps!

  1. Laura says:

    I don’t have any coconut. Do you think these would turn out if I just left that ingredient out, or do you think I should substitute something?

    • vanessa says:

      The shredded coconut is what binds these cookie together and is essential for the recipe. If you eat oatmeal though, you could sub gluten-free oats for the shredded coconut. For the coconut oil, you could sub grass-fed butter.

  2. Sarah says:

    Do you mind me asking what type of coconut you used? I used regular unsweetened shredded and it was so bad on my digestive system. My cookies looked so different from yours because of the consistency of my coconut. Did you buy yours this way or put it in a food processor? They were delicious!! But I can’t handle that coconut the way I ate it…

    • vanessa says:

      I use Let’s Do Organic Finely Shredded Coconut. It doesn’t have any kind of extra sugar, just coconut. I would try just a little bit first to see if your system can handle it!

  3. Alison says:

    just made a batch-they’re in the fridge getting ready! My kids went nuts on the batter! Couldn’t get enough. I was out of almond butter so I used a raw organic peanut/chocolate/coconut butter I got at whole foods and YUM!! The little bit of chocolate is super yum in it! Thanks for the great recipe! I love how protein packed this is as well as only using real food!

    • vanessa says:

      Let me know how they turned out! If you only have shaved, next time you can pop the shaved in a blender or food processor for a few seconds to create shredded coconut.

  4. Angi says:

    Just made these – oh about 5 minutes ago and they are in the fridge to set, just in time for dessert! Couldn’t get enough of the batter, SO SO good – I could it by the bowel full. I followed everything but putting the ingredients in the microwave. I melted as instructed over the stove and mixed it together as it melted thoroughly. SO good, may be bringing these to a thanksgiving dinner! Thank you for this fabulousness :)

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