These cookies are chewy & dense yet crispy on the edges, and the chopped dates provide a light sweetness. They are super wholesome and would make an excellent healthy snack! Full of whole foods like oats, fruit and other yums; with the option to be gluten free too if that floats your boat!
· 2 cups wholegrain oats*
· 1 cup oat flour*
· 1/2 cup dessicated coconut
· 1 tsp baking powder*
· 1 tsp cinnamon
· 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
· 1/2 tsp natural vanilla extract
· 100g chopped dried dates
1. Preheat the oven to 200C fan bake. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
2. Place all ingredients into a large bowl; mix well to combine.
3. Shape into 12 cookies (they don't need to be fancy!) using damp hands.
4. Place cookies onto the lined baking tray and into the middle rack of the oven. Bake for approximately 15min (until golden).
5. Remove from oven and place cookies on a wire rack to cool before nomming.
*Use gluten free oats, oat flour and baking powder to make these sans gluten.
The cookies are very lightly sweetened, so for those with a sweet tooth you may wish to substitute some of the applesauce with an equal quantity of date paste, which is substantially sweeter. Experiment to find what works for you!
You can also jazz these bad boys up by stirring some dairy free chocolate chips or perhaps some cacao nibs into the batter, or by drizzling dark chocolate over them once they have cooled. You can also use whatever dried fruit you like in place of dates, as long as it's pretty sweet. This recipe is flexible and reasonably difficult to stuff up, so feel free to switch it up!