Simple Oatmeal Cookies – perfect for lunchboxes and dipping into a cuppa!

Simple oatmeal cookies

Making your own lunchbox snacks needn’t be fancy or time consuming.  A quick batch of simple oatmeal cookies will really only set you back 5 minutes of hands on time and often no more than 10-15 minutes in the oven.

I love this recipe as it is ridiculously versatile and can use up random bits and bobs leftover in the pantry such as seeds, dates, tanies (sultanas) or some exotic berry you tried for a dessert that no one ate. It also has the added bonus of a substantial amount of rolled oats which are a good source of fibre.  

There are a variety of benefits to sending homemade cookies in your kids lunchbox rather than store bought:

  • You know what ingredients are in it.
  • You are providing a healthier option, with less sugar than most store bought varieties.
  • No pre-packaging – mother nature will thank you!

Did I mention these simple oatmeal cookies are a fabulous option for the mammas also?  They go down an absolute treat with a cup of tea or coffee.  My only issue is that it is hard to stop at one!

This recipe makes approximately 16 bickies.

Simple Oatmeal Cookies – perfect for lunchboxes and dipping into a cuppa!


  • 2 cups of rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup of flour (any type, I have used spelt/wholemeal/plain white)
  • 1/2 tsp of bi-carb
  • 1/4 cup of sugar/honey or the like
  • 125g of butter or oil
  • 1/4 cup of nuts/seeds/sultanas/random ingredient


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a baking tray.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together in one bowl.
  3. Melt the butter (and honey if using honey) and mix it into the dry ingredients.
  4. With the add ins like nuts, sprinkle them over the mixture and bring it together with your hands.
  5. Make little golf sized balls and flatten them on the tray.
  6. Pop the tray into the oven and reduce the temperature to 160 degrees Celsius. Bake for 10 minutes or until the tops start to golden.
  7. Remove the tray and let it rest until cool and the bickies firm up.
  8. You can also freeze the dough to cook another day too. Just add a little more time to your cook.

Looking for some more lunchbox inspiration?  Take a look at our ideas to bring your healthy lunchbox to the next level!

Mandy - Little People NutritionMandy is the Founder of Little People Nutrition as well as being a mum to 3 little peeps of her own.  As a university qualified nutritionist and food scientist she is passionate about children developing a positive relationship with food. Mandy has written a book called ‘At My Family Table‘ to start a conversation between parents/carers and children about food, family and the world. She believes that a great way to build a positive relationship with food is to share a meal together.  Food is nutrition and health, but so much more!

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