Healthy Pumpkin Oat Cookies

Molly Sutton | November 2, 2022

There are many ways to carve a pumpkinspooky or cute, portraying your favorite hero or villain, silly or scary faces—but one thing all pumpkin carving has in common is what’s on the inside. At the end of hollowing out that gourd and envisioning a scary face with sharpie, you are left with what many people consider “useless” guts.

Usually, these entrails are just thrown away, contributing to the 1.3 billion pounds of pumpkin waste that end up in the landfill each year, according to the US Department of Energy.

Instead of throwing away this fall delicacy, you can share it with your chickens!

Pumpkins are a great treat for chickens.


They are full of:


Vitamin A


Vitamin E







that together are helpful for growth, disease resistance, vision, immune and reproductive health and dark orange yolks!

There are many ways to prepare pumpkin treats for you flock, such as giving them to your flock raw, making a purée full of oats and seeds, or, making cookies!

This recipe is inspired by this recipe for Healthy Pumpkin Oat Cookies.

Healthy Pumpkin Oat Cookies to Share with Your Chickens



Prep Time

5 Min

Cook Time

10 Min




  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 5 cups rolled oats
  • 2 Tbsp honey 
  • 2 tsp cinnamon (optional)


  • Substitute maple syrup for honey in cookies for human consuption.
  • Add 1 cup chocolate chips for people cookies to add sweetness!
  • These cookies are more of a healthy snack than sweet treat. Perfect for breakfast!


Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 2

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until a dough forms.

Step 3

Shape cookies with hands or a spoon and arrange on a tray (helpful to place on a silicone mat or parchment paper). The cookies will not spread while cooking, so make sure you choose a shape you like!

Step 4

Bake for 10 minutes. Let cookies cool slightly before eating.

Step 5

Enjoy with chickens! is a program of Capax World, a 501-c-3 charity dedicated to sustainably alleviating malnutrition and poverty.