Saturday, July 28, 2012

Oat Date Ginger Cookies

I had a great walk this morning with my walking group.  It's the first time I've been in the company of those three great ladies in quite a while, and I enjoyed every minute!  The weather was beautiful, the trail was a little different from our usual, and I got in 12 kilometers.  Who could ask for more?

I'm always on the lookout for great snacks.  I need something that  will help me push through the next workout, the next hour of my walks, or help tide me over until the next meal, if it happens to be later than I was expecting.  Thankfully there are tons of recipes out there! All I have to do is delve into my Clean Eating books, or do a search on the internet looking for snacks that will fit.  This latest recipe is one I found online.  It has lots of good, healthy things in there, and the finished cookie still comes out chewy and sweet.

Oat Date Ginger Cookies
Makes: about 24 cookies

Ingredients:
2 very ripe bananas
2 Tbsp maple syrup
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
2 Tbsp flax seeds (I used ground)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
3-4 chopped dates
1/4 cup raisins
1 1/2 Tbsp fresh, diced ginger
4-5 walnuts, crushed

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F and line a cookie sheet with parchment or silpat.

In a large mixing bowl mash bananas until liquified.

Add olive oil and maple syrup and stir to blend. Add oats, flax, and spices and mix, scraping down sides of the bowl.  Add remaining ingredients and mix.

Scoop out mixture into tablespoon-sized balls then place on cookie sheet. The cookies will not change in size, so don't worry about putting them too close together.

Bake for 12-15 minutes.  Let cool a few minutes on the sheet, before removing to a wire rack.

Enjoy!
Source: Sweet Potato Soul.

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