Now that Cia is about to start school my mind has begun to fill with snack/lunch box ideas. Healthy, easy, and homemade. And bonus points if they can be prepared in advance! With this in mind, these cookies are excellent. I’ve been making them for a few years now, but it’s been six months or so since I’ve pulled out the recipe. They freeze amazingly well, perfect for adding one to her lunch box every now and then. It’s a blend of coconut flour, almond butter, dried fruits, apple sauce, and eggs. No added sweetener beyond what’s in the fruit. I also love how versatile these cookies are. I prefer to use almond butter, but you can substitute whichever nut butter you like best, even seed butter. My favorite combinations for dried fruits are dates/apricots/raisins, or dates/cherries/raisins. But any work.. prunes, cherries, currants, cranberries, strawberries, blueberries, ect.. And lastly I prefer applesauce as it adds a bit of wetness, but if I don’t have any on hand I use a banana instead. Everything blends together in a food processor and they bake off quickly.
A healthy cookie, perfect for a snack.
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 6 large dates, pitted
- 6-8 dried turkist apricots (6 large or 8 medium)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup applesauce or mashed banana
- 3/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup raisins, lightly packed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons chopped nuts
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Food process coconut flour, almond butter, dates, and apricots well, about 1 minute.
- Add eggs, applesauce (or banana), shredded coconut, raisins, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, and baking soda. Pulse to incorporate.
- Quickly pulse in nuts.
- Scoop heaping spoonfuls onto a silpat lined cookie sheet. Using wet fingers to press each cookie down a bit. They will not flatten as they bake.
- Bake 15-17 minutes, until lightly golden on top, and lightly browned on the edges.
Lots of variations! Use any nut/seed butter. Vary the dried fruit, I recommend always using dates. Otherwise consider prunes, cherries, currants, cranberries, strawberries, blueberries, etc.. If you don't have applesauce use mashed banana instead. If you'd like to make these more treat like, pulse in some mini chocolate chips with the nuts. And speaking of nuts, use any - walnuts, pecans, sliced almonds, macadamia nut, or pumpkin seeds.