Grandma K’s Fruit & Spice Cookies

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Recipe by Katie Mae
 
I love this time of the year! It brings warm holiday-spiced cookies… YUM!

As a child, the holiday season was always filled with Grandma Kenrick’s infamous “Christmas rocks.” These cookies seemed to look a little like rocks, but they were sweet, chewy, and had the perfect amount of spice. They were so delicious that this was my first recipe to transform to be free of eggs and processed sugar and oil. Now these sugar-free cookies have a health-promoting sweetness, with strawberries, apples, bananas and dates! With this healthy-tasty combo, my Four Fruit Cookies are perfect to enjoy ALL year long.

I hope you enjoy them this holiday season as much as I’m going to!
 
Makes 2 dozen cookies
Ready in 30 minutes
Stores 2 days at room temperature, or 5 days in fridge

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups rolled oats, divided
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg, ground
  • ½ teaspoon cloves, ground
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoon flaxseed, ground
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 cup applesauce, no added sugar (or 1 small apple, diced)
  • 1¼ cup strawberry jam, fruit juice-sweetened (or 1 lb fresh strawberries, halved)
  • 8 Medjool dates, pitted and diced
  • ¾ cup pecan pieces (optional)

 

ACTION STEPS

 
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line 2 baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Combine 1½ cups of the rolled oats, spices, and baking powder into large bowl and set aside.

3. In a blender, combine ground flaxseed, water, applesauce, and the remaining 1½ cups of rolled oats. Process until it has an even consistency. Then add the strawberry jam and blend for just a few seconds.

4. Pour the fruit-oat mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients. Whisk together until evenly mixed. Stir in dates and pecans.

5. Drop spoonfuls of the batter onto prepared baking sheets. Once the dough is on the tray, these cookies won’t spread so you can place them close together.

6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Let cookies cool for a few minutes and then enjoy warm! Wrap up extras to share.

 

CHEF’S NOTES

 
For an even more “whole food” cookie, you can add a whole apple (cored) and strawberries to the blender in place of the applesauce and strawberry jam. This version won’t have as much sweetness, but the fruit does provide extra moisture; so decrease the amount of water added by ¼ cup.

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3 Comments

  1. Elle
    July 8, 2014

    Made those over the weekend… and loved them!

    • Katie Mae
      Katie Mae
      July 8, 2014

      Great to hear Elle!! Whenever I make these they’re usually gone very quickly, I can never get enough :)

      • Elle
        July 9, 2014

        Same with me… Although I put half of them in the freezer and take 2 or 3 at a time, warm them up in the microwave and dump them in almond milk. So good…