Happy, Healthy Kitchen – Cinnamon Apple Cookies
I don’t know about all of you, but I have a major sweet tooth. Like major. Just ask my husband, as I think I have unfortunately turned him into a treat monster too. I have come to the realization that in order for me to realistically stick to a weight loss program that lasts, I have to have healthy treats in my house. Period. Being able to indulge in small homemade treats helps me not to feel deprived. I have found when I start to feel deprived, is when I will grab other desserts that are not as good for me.
There are a lot of store bought desserts that are not only filled with tons of processed sugars, but preservatives and chemicals too. If you read the labels, there are healthy alternatives on the market, but they do tend to be more expensive. For me personally, I like to take the time to make my own, as I feel it is a way to give myself some healthy self care and nourish my body too. All of us can consciously use the same food indulgences to either foster self destructive or self nurturing behaviors. Its our choice.
One of my goals when I create or make my own treat is to always use a natural sweetener. Its amazing how much sweetness one really ripe banana will add to a recipe. One really ripe banana is the main sweetener used in the Cinnamon Apple Cookie recipe I highlight in this blog. I also like to use healthier, whole food sweetener options, with fresh dates being my sweetener of choice.
It took a lot of creativity and ingenuity to reformat my recipes and learn how to bake with dates. I have figured out how to utilize my food processor to whip up the dates into the creamy wet ingredients of my baking recipes. I have done this countless times with success for cookies, cakes, breads and muffins, etc. I also love to use dates in my no bake treats like my energy balls/bars, truffles or macaroons.
And since we are on my favorite subject of dessert, my husband lovingly jokes that I can add Chocolatier to my expertise. I don’t know about that, but I do make my own chocolate sweetened with stevia. I was on a 21 day no sugar reset and HAD to come up with a sugar free treat. The chocolate I made is now a fast and easy staple. It is pretty delicious if I do say so myself. I will definitely have to share that recipe on a future blog.
Okay, focus, lets get back to the Cinnamon Apple Cookies. I love how simple and healthy the recipe is. I originally created these when I was on a raw food cleanse and wanted a raw cookie treat I could dehydrate. However, these can easily be baked as well. I love to eat these with a hot cup of herbal tea or cold glass of my favorite plant milk. Enjoy!
Cinnamon Apple Cookies
3 apples, (any kind is fine, I used organic and left the peel on)
1 really ripe banana, (like you would throw out or use for banana bread)
1/4 cup raisins
2 T. unsweetened fine shredded coconut (or more if you love coconut)
1/4 cup oats (uncooked, instant or regular is fine)
2 T. freshly ground flax seed
1 T. cinnamon (more or less depending on your taste)
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Start out with 2 of your apples and the banana in a high speed blender or food processor. Blend until creamy, like a sweetened applesauce. Place in a bowl. Finely dice the remaining apple and add to the mixture. Add the rest of your ingredients and stir. Set recipe aside for 15 minutes to allow the flax seed to fully absorb and thicken. As mentioned earlier I made this recipe for my dehydrator which can be wetter in the beginning. If you are baking, feel free to adjust to a thicker consistency by adding a little more oats or flax seeds. If you need it more creamy add a splash of water or plant milk of your choice. Every dehydrator is different, but mine were ready in approx. six hours, set at 115 degrees. If you are baking, preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 8 – 10 minutes.
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