Banana Raisin Cookies
- Makes : 12 cookies
- 1 cup spelt or whole wheat flour
- 1 cup rolled oats (oatmeal), ground
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, ground
- 1 cup raisins
- 2 bananas, medium size
- 1/2 cup dates, pitted
- 1/2 cup apple juice
Preheat your oven to 350°F. (175°C.)
Place the spelt, or whole wheat flour, and the ground rolled oats (oatmeal) in a bowl and mix together. (The rolled oats can be ground in a blender on high speed. Be sure that the container is dry before grinding.)
Add the nutmeg and mix well. Add the raisins and mix well to ensure that the raisins are not sticking together, and that they are thoroughly coated with the flour mixture.
Place the apple juice, bananas and dates in the container of a high speed blender. Cover and run at high speed until all the ingredients are thoroughly blended and smooth.
Add about 3/4 of the banana-date mixture to the flour mixture and mix thoroughly with a stiff spatula or spoon. Gradually add a little more of the liquid mixture until desired consistency is reached. If the cookie dough is too stiff after adding all the liquid mixture, you may add more apple juice. A thinner dough will make a flatter cookie. A stiff dough will make irregular thick cookies. (To test for dough stiffness, we stick a soup spoon upright into the dough. If the dough is stiff enough, the spoon will remain upright.)
On a non-stick or lightly oiled baking sheet, place the cookie dough in twelve equal sized "mounds." Smooth and shape each cookie with a spoon or spatula, as desired.
Place thePlace the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake at 350°F. for 30 minutes. Various ovens bake differently, so we suggest that you begin checking the cookies after 20 minutes of baking. The cookies should be firm, but not hard. Be careful not to over-bake. When the banana raisin cookies are baked, remove from the oven, cool, and enjoy.
Reprinted with permission from Mary and Frank Hoffman of
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