Inspired by Pocahontas’ love of the great outdoors, these tasty leaf-shaped treats are chock-full of natural ingredients, and a breeze to whip up.
They’re the perfect after school snack.
- 225g rolled oats
- 80g sliced almonds
- 120g raw sunflower seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips
- 60g pumpkin puree - optional
- Leaf-shaped cookie cutter (about 3 1/2" x 2")
- Waxed paper - Baking Sheets
- Wooden toothpick or kitchen skewer
Measure the rolled oats, sliced almonds, raw sunflower seeds, ground spices, and salt into a small mixing bowl. Whisk the ingredients to evenly mix them.
Combine the honey and chocolate chips in a small microwavable bowl or cup, and heat in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds. Stir to evenly blend the chocolate into the honey. Then stir in the pumpkin puree.
Stir the chocolate mixture into the dry ingredient mixture until well blended. Chill this no-bake batter in the mixing bowl for about 15 minutes to let the chocolate firm up a bit.
Meanwhile, line a baking tray with waxed paper. Then cut several 4” x 5” rectangles from another piece of waxed paper and stack them. Set the leaf-shape cookie cutter atop the stack and use a pencil to lightly trace along the inner edge of the cutter. Holding the layers together, cut out the tracing.
To make the leaf treats, set the cutter atop the lined baking sheet. Fill the cutter with a heaping tablespoon of the batter, and use a toothpick or kitchen skewer to spread/push it into the curves and stem.
Place one of the waxed-paper leaves atop the mixture in the cutter. Press down on the paper to evenly compact the treat, again using the toothpick or skewer to gently press down the stem portion. Carefully lift the cutter while simultaneously pushing down on any spots that appear to be sticking. Then slowly peel the waxed paper from the top of the treat.
Continue creating the treats in this manner with the rest of the batter, reusing the paper leaf a few times and then switching to a fresh one when it becomes too sticky to work with. Chill the leaf treats for 20 to 30 minutes before serving (they will keep in the refrigerator for a few days).