These cookies are my Mom's favorite. I actually created this recipe in college! In one of my nutrition classes, we had to create a healthy recipe based on a type of dessert. Hence, these hearty cookies! You can add or substitute a few of the ingredients, but remember- they do take a good effort to combine the mixture so that all the dry ingredients become moist. I love these healthy bites with black coffee in the morning!
½ cup raw sugar OR ½ coconut sugar
¼ cup maple syrup OR ¼ cup amber coconut nectar
1 ½ cup applesauce (add a ripe banana if you desire a more moist consistency)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 ½ cup whole-grain flour
3 cups of quick oats
1 ½ cups total of (choose from): raisins, dark chocolate chips, dried cranberries, nuts (crushed almonds, walnuts, pecans, macadamia), granola, crystallized ginger pieces, chopped dates, coconut flakes, poppy seeds.
Preheat oven for 350 degrees.
Mix ingredients together. It takes a while to get all the ingredients mixed and moist. You may need to add a mashed banana or more apple sauce.
Grease cookie sheet and bake for 8-12 minutes.
Enjoy these hearty cookies with a big mug of hot tea or coffee!
Packed with fiber from whole grains/oats.
Antioxidants from cinnamon, and the extras of ginger, dates, nuts, dark chocolate (look for the vegan if you do not want the dairy component), and coconut!
Note: I try to buy local, but when I cannot find specific ingredients, I often buy online through company web stores such as Vitacost, Lucky Vitamin or Sunfood.
* Adapted from my book “The Humble Life Journal~ Reflections on Simplicity & Stewardship” Check it out on Amazon!