During my 30 Day Challenge, I’ve been seeking out healthy snacks. While perusing the grocery store one day, I discovered these healthy cookies – they are so delicious, but I also thought that I could easily make them myself at home and control the ingredients (and of course it would be much cheaper to make them myself). I found this recipe online, and made a batch for my book club a couple of weeks ago. They had good flavor, but were very dry. I asked my friend Kelly (who happens to be vegan and an amazing cook) what I could do to help the cookies, and she suggested adding some applesauce for moisture, and a dash of vanilla for some more flavor and sweetness.
So I tweaked the recipe with her suggestions, and made a batch over the rainy weekend. I’ve got to say, the recipe is nearly perfect now. The added applesauce really helped to moisten them, and I decided to add in some dried cherries as well for extra flavor (I upped the amount of dried fruit and nuts a bit so the cookies had more texture). The biggest win was that they got the hubby stamp of approval 😉 I’m even going to make some for our long flight to New Zealand!
Tip: Besides using these as a snack, grab 2 or 3 for an easy breakfast, or pop one before a workout for an energy boost.
- 2 cups rolled oats (traditional oats, not quick oats)
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup dried cherries
- 3 tablespoons chopped almonds
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- In a large bowl, stir together oats, cranberries, cherries, almonds, and cinnamon.
- In a separate bowl, stir together almond butter, maple syrup, applesauce, and vanilla.
- Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and mix well. Adjust accordingly by adding more oats or more applesauce if needed to get to desired consistency. All of the oats should be coated in the wet ingredients, and should stick together to form a small ball when rolled in the hand.
- Drop cookies (about the size of a golf ball) onto a non-greased baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. The recipe yields approximately 15 cookies.
Let me know if you give this recipe a try! Do you have any favorite healthy snack recipes?