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Healthy Halloween Treats for Babies and Children


Halloween is fast approaching, and we're preparing by decorating the house, getting our costumes ready and making some treats!  So when we were challenged by Sykes Cottages to make some healthy Halloween treats, we decided to give it a try.  It will be nice to have some alternatives to all of the sweet treats we're having!

I decided that it would also be a great opportunity to make some treats for younger children, who probably aren't eating anything sugary at all! I remember when Ethan was tiny that I was always searching for healthy alternatives for him and it's the same now with Ivy.  Even though she's only 8 months old, I don't want her to miss out on the fun of Halloween, so we've made her some pumpkin baby cookies!  But first, we made Ethan and his friends some pumpkin cookie bites. They are sort of a flapjack or granola bar like consistency, but with the added nutrition and spookiness of pumpkin purée!  It was also a chance to come up with some really simple recipes that Ethan could help with every step of the way.

Pumpkin Cookie Bites

2 cups oats
1/2 cup pumpkin purée
50g butter
1 tbsp honey
Pinch cinnamon

Raisins to decorate

Mix all of the ingredients together, roll into balls and decorate with raisins to look like pumpkins! (We did some with faces and some with pumpkin stems)  Place on a baking tray.

Bake at 175 for 15 minutes

Alternatives: I made these very low in sweetener, but you could add more honey or alternatives like maple syrup, agave nectar or rice malt syrup.  Or even try peanut butter and other chopped up dried fruit to add to the sweetness.

Pumpkin Teething Cookies

1 1/2 cups of baby cereal
1 mashed banana
1 tbsp pumpkin purée
A pinch of cinnamon

Mix all of the ingredients together, roll out flat and use a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter to make the cookies. Place on a baking tray.

Bake at 175 for 20 minutes 

Ethan loved helping to make the cookies to share with his friends, and for Ivy to share with her friends on a play date.  He has so much fun baking, and testing out his creations.  And now we've got some healthy treats for Halloween!

* This post was written as a competition entry hosted by Sykes Cottage, to find the best healthy Halloween treats.  We were provided with a recipe book for inspiration and an ingredient budget to create our cookies. *

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