Pumpkin Oat Cookies

These tasty Pumpkin Oat Cookies are easy for children to make, & are a great way to sneak some extra nutrients into their diet too!

100g rolled oats
50g plain flour
1 tsp of cinnamon
50g caster sugar
100g butter
Packet of pumpkin seeds

* In a mixing bowl beat the sugar & butter together. Then add the flour, cinnamon, & oats & mix into a dough. Knead the mixture before rolling it out thinly on a floured surface. The dough holds together really well when being rolled out making it perfect for eager little bakers.

* Using a pumpkin cookie cutter (we picked ours up from Sainsburys) carefully cut out the oat cookies, & place them on a greased baking tray.

* To decorate gently push the pumpkin seeds into the cookies, & then bake them in the oven (170˚C/325˚F) for 12-15mins (until golden). The pumpkin seeds develop a sweet flavour after being roasted in the oven, & their green colour is a great contrast against the golden oats.

These are perfect for children to make as they are quick & easy to create. We made faces for our cookies with the pumpkin seeds, but how about using them to create patterns, numbers, or letters & initials.

What's magic about these cookies is the goodness they contain. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of:
Protein (essential for growth & development)
Copper (which helps red blood cell formation & supports the functioning of the immune system)
Magnesium (which helps to maintain a steady flow of energy)
Zinc (which helps digestion & aids the body's metabolism)

Oats too have a rich nutritional value including; fibre, protein, vitamins, minerals, and iron. So these little pumpkin treats offer some hidden goodness, making them perfect for any snack time, or school lunchbox. 

These disappeared very quickly in our house, so we're making another batch this weekend to share with family & friends.