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Yummy Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies


Just because you are getting ready for your wedding day (or any big event), does not mean the whole month — or two — beforehand has to be boring and restrictive.

Believe it or or not, a little indulgence here and there might actually help you achieve your results by keeping you in the game. And let's face it, sometimes we just need a little treat that tastes good, and a little bit guilty.

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I recommend these as a tasty treat, not part of your daily healthy balanced diet.

Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
NOTE: If you'd like to see the full nutritional information for these cookies, here is the link to view them in MyPlate, LIVESTRONG's free calorie tracker.

Calories: 74
Fat: 1.4 grams
Carbs: 16.6 grams
Protein: 1.4 grams

1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup white sugar
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons sea salt
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
2. Cream the sugar, applesauce, pumpkin and vanilla extract together. Set aside.
3. In another bowl, mix flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Once mixed, add the dry ingredients into the wet and mix to combine.
4. Drop cookies using a spoon onto the prepared sheet and bake for 15 - 18 minutes, or until browned.

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Amanda Russell is a top-rated fitness and lifestyle writer, professional keynote speaker, Olympic-trained athlete, model, spokeswoman, founder of and one of the industry's leading experts in fitness, wellness and change.  Amanda has her own professional online workout channel and talk show. She can be found writing about life, fitness, wellness and change on her website: To watch Amanda’s show, visit AmandaRussell.TV. She was recently named as one of Google's "Next Top Fitness Trainer's in 2012."

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