These cookies are my latest obsession! They are grain free, but have the texture of a soft oatmeal cookie and the flavor of apple pie! They are also egg free, dairy free, have no added sugar, and are packed with nutrition from apples, walnuts, dates, currants and healthy fat! I also think these cookies rock because, if your child wakes up and asks, “Mom, can I have a cookie for breakfast?”, like mine have done, you can say “Yes” to these cookies. There is something about putting wholesome ingredients together in cookie form that makes kids really love to eat them………….me too!
Let’s bake some cookies!
Apple Pie “Oatmeal” Cookies
3 Cups Diced Granny Smith Apples, cored peel left on
8 Medjool Dates, pitted
1/2 Cup Very Warm Water
1 Cup Raw Walnut Halves
1/2 Cup Shredded Coconut, Unsweetened like this
1/2 Cup Dried Currants
1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
1 1/2 Tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1 Tablespoon Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract, no additives like this
1/2 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt or Sea Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
Preheat your oven 350º degrees. Set out two cookie sheets covered in parchment paper.
Place your pitted dates in the 1/2 cup of very warm water and soak for ten minutes to soften. Meanwhile, in a food processor, place your chopped apples and lemon juice. Pulse until they are finely chopped. Drain your soaked dates, and add to the food processor along with the vanilla extract and coconut oil. Continue to pulse. When mostly smooth, add the remaining ingredients except the currants and walnuts. Puree until smooth, about one minute. Finally, add your currants and walnuts and pulse until the walnuts are coarsely chopped, about six pulses should do it.
Using a tablespoon cookie scoop, make rounded mounds of cookie dough on the parchment lined cookie sheets, twelve cookies per sheet. Using a fork, flatten cookie dough mounds to about 3/4″ inch thick.
Bake in your preheated oven for 28 to 30 minutes. They will be soft and golden brown when you remove them from the oven. They will firm up when they are completely cooled.
Makes 2 dozen nutritious, delicious cookies