These delicious oatmeal-raisin cookies avoid eggs, dairy, oil and refined sugar in favor of flax seeds, pecans, banana and dates. Yum!
1 cup water
6 medjool dates, pitted
½ cup raw, unsalted pecans
2 cups rolled oats, ground into flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons whole flax seeds, then grind them
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon Chinese 5-spice (optional)
3 tablespoons lemon juice
½ ripe banana, sliced
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1. Preheat oven to 350. Line the bottom of a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, and set aside. Place pitted dates and pecans together in a bowl with the water and soak for at least 30 minutes.
2. Combine all of the dry ingredients (oat flour, oats, flax, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and 5-spice) in a large bowl and mix with a fork.
3. Combine the dates, pecans and their soak water with the lemon juice, banana and vanilla in a high-speed blender, and blend until smooth. Add to the bowl of dry ingredients and mix; add in the raisins and walnuts.
4. Using a one-tablespoon measure, place a scoop of cookie dough on your baking sheet and press down just slightly (oil-less cooking don’t spread as much). Bake for 15-18 minutes on the middle rack, until cookies are lightly browned on top (check at 15). Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
Notes: Regular (whole) rolled oats work best (as opposed to quick or instant oats). / If you don’t want to grind your own oat flour at home, you can use packaged oat flour, or experiment with different whole-grain flours. / A Vitamix or Tribest Personal Blender work best to blend the wet ingredients, although a regular blender would work too, especially if pecans and dates have soaked thoroughly (this enables the natural fats and sugars from the nuts and dates to be evenly distributed throughout the dough). / Chinese 5-spice is a wonderful blend of cinnamon, star anise, anise seed, clove, and ginger. It adds a little something special to the cookies, but is not required.
Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 15-18 minutes
Makes: about 2 dozen cookies