1/4 Cup Pumpkin Seed 1/4 Cup Sunflower Seed, roasted, salted 1/4 Cup Flax Seed 1/4 Cup Sesame Seed, whole 1/4 Cup Carob Chips 1/4 Cup Grated Coconut, unsweetened 1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder 1/4 Cup Almond Meal 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
10 Dried Apricots, regular or unsulfered 6 Medjool Dates, big fat ones 3 Tbs. Peanut Butter, natural 1 Egg 4 Tbs. Honey or Maple Syrup 4 Tbs. Canola Oil
Heat Oven To 350°
Gather and measure all dry ingredients.
Place ingredients into a bowl.
Mix and toss together.
Remove stem and seed from dates.
Gather and measure all wet ingredients.
Place all wet ingredients into a food processor.
Run machine for about a minute.
You need to turn ingredients into a thick puree.
You may need to pulse the machine on and off and scrape down the sides a few times.
Use a rubber spatula to remove the wet ingredients from the processor bowl.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.
Use a fork or spatula to mix ingredients together.
Dump mixture onto a clean work surface.
Ingredients will be kind of loose and not really well combined.
Use your hands to mix and kneed together.
Form the dough into a firm log.
The mixing process can also be done in an electric mixer.
Roll the cookie dough into a long log.
Cut the log in half.
Roll each half into a long thin rope.
Cut each rope in half.
Cut each half in half again.
Each rope will be cut into four equal size pieces.
Cut each quarter rope into four pieces.
Place each cookie portion onto a flat surface.
Use the palm of your hand to flatten the dough into a cookie shape.
Use a thin bladed knife to remove the cookie from the cutting board.
Place each cookie onto a dry sheet pan.
Place 16 cookies on each sheet pan.
Place the pans into the oven, one on a middle-low shelf and one on a middle-high shelf.
Bake for 8 minutes.
Open the oven and switch the pans from one shelf to the other.
Cook for another 8 minutes.
Remove and let cookies cool on the sheet pans.
Serve cookies or place into a storage container and freeze.
I love to eat these cookies straight out of the freezer.
They also thaw quickly when needed.
As with most baked items on this website, freezing is important to maintain quality.
Unlike traditional baked items, these recipes have the smallest amount of fat needed to make a delicious product.
This type of product can dry out faster than traditional products which tend to be full of fat.
New Taste Thinking:
When my kids were young, 5 and 7, someone gave them some candy cigarettes. I happened to see them "pretend smoking" these candy cigarettes and it actually made me sick to my stomach. Needless to say, they went into the trash. A few years ago my now grown children asked me to send them a copy of my super delicious Frozen Fudge Ball Brownies, that I used to make before I changed my eating habits. When I downloaded the recipe to send them I had that exact same feeling I had from the candy cigarettes. The recipe started off by creaming a pound of butter with a cup of white sugar and a cup of brown sugar. Next the recipe called for 10 eggs!! So I guess that if you wouldn't teach you kids how to smoke cigarettes you probably should not teach them about creaming butter, sugar and eggs.