Chewy Spiced Date and Oatmeal Cookies

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Preparation Time 5 minutes Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 Cost Per Serving $0.50
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Ingredients

1 cupDried Dates, pitted
3/4 cupSunflower Seeds
1 cupLarge Flake Oats
1/2 tspBaking Soda
1 tsp eachGround Cinnamon, Ground Ginger
1Flax Egg (1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water)
1 tspWhite Vinegar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Cover dates with hot water and let soak for at least 5 minutes (the longer the better).
  3. In a food processor, pulse soaked dates, ΒΌ cup of the soaking liquid and sunflower seeds until almost smooth. Add large flake oats, baking soda, spices, vinegar and flax egg. Pulse again until combine but still textured
  4. Portion a couple tablespoon cookies onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with more sunflower seeds (optional).
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

Nutrition

  • Benefits of calcium and vitamin D. Calcium helps bones to grow and stay healthy. It also helps muscles to contract, including making the heartbeat. Vitamin D helps the body to absorb and use calcium and phosphorus for strong bones and teeth.
  • Got milk? One way to make sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D is to drink 500 mL of milk or fortified milk alternatives such as soy, almond, oat or rice beverage each day. If you're over 50 aim for 750 mL a day. 
  • Science update. It was once a popular notion that vegetarians needed to combine different plant proteins at one meal to create a complete protein, but that's no longer considered necessary. A healthful, balanced diet with a variety of whole plant foods should provide adequate amino acids throughout the day. So, if you don't get your whole grains with your main meal, not to worry, enjoy a whole grain dessert later on.