Recipe: Holiday Pumpkin Maple Almond Drops

December 10, 2021
Holiday Pumpkin Maple Almond Drops
Enjoy our recipe for pumpkin maple almond drop cookies. They're a gluten-free, vegan, low sugar option that's perfect for the holiday season.


These pumpkin maple almond drop cookies, prepared by Executive Chef JJ at BayCare's St. Joseph’s Hospitals, are a gluten-free, vegan, low sugar option for the holiday season. They’re not overly sweet and are great with a cup of black coffee to warm your holiday spirit.


  • 1 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup uncooked rice, brown, long grain
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp fine kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil  
  • 15 oz canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup sliced, blanched almonds


  • Combine uncooked oatmeal, rice, cornstarch, spices and salt in a dry blender and grind until a fine powder is achieved.
  • In a separate bowl using a stand mixer, combine syrup, applesauce, olive oil and pumpkin. Use a paddle attachment to mix on medium speed for 2-3 minutes until uniform and smooth.
  • Combine wet mix and the bowl of dry ingredients on low mixer speed for an additional 2-3 minutes until a thick dough has been achieved.
  • Cover for at least 30 minutes to allow dough to hydrate.
  • Line sheet pan with parchment paper and using a medium portion scooper (#30 scoop), portion 2 tablespoons of cookie dough onto parchment paper. Using a firm even motion, drop or tap pan on counter to flatten cookies to 3/8 inch high.
  • Top cookies with a few almond slices.
  • Bake in a 350F conventional oven (325F convection oven) for about 12-14 minutes or until edges of cookies are light brown and bottoms appear done.
  • Remove cookies from oven and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes before removing from sheet pan.

Yield: 24 cookies

Per cookie:

  • Calories 80
  • Fat 3.5g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 140mg
  • Total carbohydrates 11g
  • Protein 1g
  • Sugar 2g

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