This is my all-time favourite cookie recipe. My good friend, Alix first introduced it to me and I believe it is from the PPK (Post-Punk-Kitchen series which is completely vegan). I used quite a few substitutes which I will list below. Also used, was the leftover pumpkins from my garden in the summer. I used one whole pumpkin for each batch.
Pumpkin Oatmeal Walnut Chocolate Chip Clusters makes about 18 cookies
1 c flour 1/2 c rolled oats 3/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 3/4 tsp cinnamon dash pumpkin pie spice (i omitted this)
3/4 c sugar 1/3 c applesauce (or pear butter, apple butter) 1 tbs canola oil (or sunflower oil) 1 tbs molasses (or maple syrup) 1/2 c canned pumpkin (or fresh pumpkin, de-cored, de-seeded, peeled and roasted for about 20 minutes at 350) 1/2 tsp vanilla 1/2 tbs ground flax seed (omitted) 1/2 c walnuts, crushed (optional) 1/3 c chocolate chips (or cocao nibs which are bits of pure cacao coated with coconut sugar)
Preheat oven at 350; grease your baking sheets or line them with foil.
In a medium-sized bowl, mix flour, oats, baking soda, salt, and spices.
In a large bowl, mix sugar, applesauce, oil, molasses, pumpkin, vanilla and flax seed.
Add dry to wet in a few batches, stirring in between additions. Fold in walnuts & chocolate chips.
Drop by tablespoons onto baking sheet. They don't spread out that much, so if you want more of a flat cookie, flatten them out. I wanted a more cluster-like cookie, so I only flattened them out a little bit. The batter should stick to your fingers.