Pumpkin Raisin Oat Cookies

Hi everyone!

As my kids are getting older, we are starting to see more and more independence from them. One way they display that is through eating or more likely what they are not eating. I thought I was blessed with two little beings who would eat anything from when they started eating solids till about the age of 2. Then pickiness began.

Vegetables? No thank you.

Eggs, beans or meat of any kind. Nope.

Carbs, cheese, nut butters, yogurt and fruit – YES!

Ron and I were both very picky eaters growing up so all I could think of was this was payback for all the grief we gave our parents.

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There’s a lot of debate about whether a parent should “sneak” veggies into their children’s food. My thought is to do a little of both. We add shredded veggies to pancakes, pasta sauce and hummus. We also have green smoothies, muffins and dips. BUT I also give my kids the real deal too. Baby carrots, cucumbers, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower and every other veggie. I think of the sneaky veggies are a “just in case” back up. There may be hope that things are turning around again. Last week, my little guy asked for spinach on his hummus sandwich! He also love peppers, sugar snap peas, carrots and broccoli again. Oh be still my heart! His sister? Well, she’s at least taking a bite before she spits it out now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Another route I’ve been trying to do more often is include them in baking and cooking so they’ll be more interested in different foods. It’s messy and very chaotic but worth it in the end. They are so proud that they made something and they’ll eat it!

The other day I asked the kids if they wanted to bake something. Cookies! was the unanimous decision. I choose to make a healthier version of an oatmeal raisin cookie with an the addition of pumpkin since I had some open in the fridge.

Pumpkin Raisin Oat Cookies - happyfitmama.comThese cookies are perfect for a snack or you could even grab a few for breakfast on the run. The pumpkin keeps the cookie moist and the raisins give a hint of sweetness. I used brown sugar but pure maple syrup or honey would be great too. I also used a flax egg just so little (and big) fingers could have a taste of the batter before it went in the oven. Isn’t that the best part about making cookies anyway? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Pumpkin Raisin Oat Cookies
  • ¾ C Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 Egg or 1 Flax "egg" (1 Tbsp ground flax seed + 3 Tbsp warm water)
  • 1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ¾ C White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1½ C Rolled Oats
  • ¼ C Brown Sugar or sugar of your choice
  • ¼ Tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1½ Tsp Cinnamon
  • ¼ Tsp Nutmeg
  • ¼ Tsp Ground Cloves
  • ½ C Raisins
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat.
  3. Mix pumpkin, egg and vanilla in a large bowl till combined.
  4. In separate bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and spices.
  5. Combine dry to the wet ingredients. Do not overmix.
  6. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto cookie sheets and slightly flatten into desired shape.
  7. Baked 12-14 minutes until lightly browned.
  8. Allow to cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring to wire rack.

Our little baking experiment was a success. The kiddos got to help make awesome tasting cookies and I got to “sneak” a little extra nutrition into their bellies.

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38 comments on “Pumpkin Raisin Oat Cookies

  1. My kids love cookies and I sure will be making these. They are very picky! I think you’re right on about doing both some hiding and some real, most kids are picky and at least the hiding gets them used to the flavor, plus giving them the nutrients. I do both with my kids as well! Great recipe, look forward to baking these with my kids.
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  2. I LOVE your method for feeding your kids veggies…I plan to do the same with L if/when she becomes a picky eater. I’m assuming it will happen. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for the great recipe too- that is a good one to bookmark for later on down the line. Also, your kids are beautiful and they both look like sweethearts!
    Kelly @ Runmarun recently posted..Munchkin Meals: 17 monthsMy Profile

    1. I seriously thought I was going to have veggie lovers. They even loved beets! Then one day they turned on me. The pickiness is totally normal but it still stinks. I’m hoping they switch back someday soon!

  3. The pickiness…oh the pickiness. There’s no rhyme or reason to it either. We do the same – some sneaking veggies in as back-up but there’s always real vegetables on the table. These look yummy. I like the idea of adding pumpkin to it!
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  4. I have to say that while I feel your pain of having a picky eater…I am relieved to know I am not the only one banging my head against the fridge! I’m totally trying these cookies…probably even today since it’s stormy and why not bake!
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    1. I was the same way. I wouldn’t touch a vegetable. In fact, I used to tell people I was allergic to certain ones just so they wouldn’t give me a hard time about not eating veggies. Now, that’s practically all I eat. My parents are always amazed at how things have evolved!

  5. I agree with you on doing a little of both with the veggies. I always offer them to my little guy but when he refuses them, I sneak them in other ways. Sometimes just adding a little coconut oil and parmesan cheese over his veggies does the trick and other times it doesn’t. He love carrots and sweet potatoes so we do a lot of those ๐Ÿ™‚ The cookies look yummy and definitely something he would love!
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  6. These sound awesome! Makes me very happy that I stocked up on cans of pumpkin before the stores pulled them from shelves!

    I think that w/ most kids, some pickiness is natural. My son (my oldest) is super easy and eats/loves anything I make. My daughter is definitely tougher (girls are harder headed, just sayin’). I like your approach of both presenting real foods for them to learn to love and also doing a bit of sneaking on the side.
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  7. I’m gonna have to try that cookie recipe with E. I’ve found that if I give veggies some seasoning, he will eat just about anything. He loves “cucs” (Cucumbers), ‘beans’ (edemame) but all with a little salt and pepper on them.

    Who knew?! ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. My daughter is weird about seasonings. I’m still searching for one that she likes. Although if it’s dipped in hummus or a nut butter she’ll at least try it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I’m with you on the sneaking veggies thing. My kids are pretty good about eating them, but I still add them to things to get in a bit extra. Plus I like the moisture or texture they can add to dishes or baked goods a lot of the time.

    PS – I now have a cookie craving after seeing these.
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    1. It is one of those, add to everything, ingredients. I usually go through a pumpkin loving phase in the fall, sick of it by November and then ready for it again in the spring for a change.

  9. I like your philosophy on sneaking vs the real deal. My son still eats them on their own with no problem, but I’m a fan of sneaking for myself and my husband as well. A little shredded carrot or zucchini mixed into some muffins or a pasta sauce, some pumpkin puree mixed in here or there, I think most of us could benefit from more veggies per serving! Those cookies look great!

  10. My kid’s doctor always reminded me that kids some times need to be exposed to a food 10 times before they will eat it. I never let my kids current taste set our table. I just kept rotating foods, sometimes they ate things sometimes they didn’t. Now they are both in their early teens and eat all kinds of foods. My story…it may or may not be helpful for you.
    Your cookies are a great healthyish snack… thanks so much for sharing them with us on foodie friday.
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