Cookies - Banana Date Raisin Oatmeal

(Recipe 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 degrees F. (175 degrees C.)

Place the spelt, or whole wheat flour, and the quick rolled oats (oatmeal) in a bowl and mix together.  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 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 the banana-date mixture to the flour mixture and mix thoroughly with a stiff spatula or spoon.  If the cookie dough is too stiff after adding all the liquid mixture, you may add apple juice. A thinner dough will make a flatter cookie.  A stiff dough will make irregular thick cookies like the ones shown in the photo.  (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 the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake at 350 degrees F. for 20-25 minutes.  Various ovens bake differently, so we suggest that you begin checking the cookies after 15-20 minutes of baking.  The cookies should be firm, but not hard.  Be careful not to over-bake.  When the banana raisin oatmeal cookies are baked, remove from the oven, cool, and enjoy.

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