Packing kids lunches and coming up with nutritious, healthy, but kid-appealing ideas can sometimes be harder than it sounds. I know I try to give them a balance of what they like.. with what is good for them, and will keep them fueled for the day at school. Same thing goes for meal times, as making their lunches… one child likes one thing, while the other despises it… the other loves one thing.. the other only likes it raw, or sometimes, or only a certain way! The list goes on. What I do is keep it as simple as possible. I try to pack them the same thing.. with a few substitutes of what they like. When something works well, I repeat it.
I usually always have baked goodies for their lunches, because I know they enjoy it and it’s easy to pack for them and easy for them to grab and run around. Since Easter was just over the weekend, I did Easter eggs filled with ‘healthier’ treats, and had leftover organic dark chocolate m&ms. I thought these would go perfectly in oatmeal cookies as a lunchtime treat.. They LOVED them!! They are super simple to make, with relatively healthy ingredients that you can feel good about giving to them as a treat.
Oatmeal M&M Cookies
These chewy scrumptious cookies are the perfect lunch-pack treat. They will be gobbled up by little fingers in no time.
- 1/2 C Coconut Oil
- 3/4 C Coconut Sugar
- 1 Tbsp Ground Flax
- 2 tsp Vanilla
- 1 2/3 C Whole Oats
- 1 C Spelt Flour
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/2 C Organic Dark Chocolate M&M’s
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Mix 1 Tbsp of ground flax seeds with 3 Tbsp warm water and set aside for about 5 min. to gel together and make a flax egg.
- Place coconut oil and coconut sugar in a large bowl, using electric mixers, beat oil and sugar together until they are well combined.
- Add the vanilla and flax mixture to the oil and sugar, and beat again until well incorporated together.
- In a small mixing bowl, add the oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt together, stir to combine.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and using a wooden spoon, mix all the ingredients together.
- When all the ingredients is close to being fully combined, fold in the m&ms.
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, place small clumps of mixture onto parchment paper. Place in the oven and cook for 10-12 minutes.
- Allow to cool, and Enjoy!
What are your kids favourite lunchtime treats?