No Bake Thumbprint Cookies

20 Apr

I always love being able to “bake” delicious and healthy treats without having to even turn on the oven.  These deliciously simple cookies are no exception.  Try using different flavoured preserves to mix it up a bit or until you find your favourite!!

Ingredients
3/4 cup pitted dates
3 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups smooth almond butter
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
Zest and juice of 1 orange
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup 100% all-fruit preserves, such as cherry or apricot

Method
Put dates into a medium bowl, cover with hot water and set aside to let soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup of the soaking liquid, and then drain dates well.

In a food processor, pulse oats until coarsely ground; transfer to a large bowl and set aside. Transfer dates and reserved 1/2 cup soaking liquid to food processor and purée until smooth. Add date mixture, almond butter, coconut, orange zest and juice, cinnamon and salt to bowl with oats and knead together to make a dough.

Roll dough into 24 balls, transferring them to a parchment paper-lined sheet tray as done. Make an indentation in the middle of each cookie by pressing down with your thumb. Spoon a bit of fruit preserves into each indentation and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition
Per serving (1 each): 180 calories (90 from fat), 10g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 30mg sodium, 16g total carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber, 6g sugar), 6g protein

Makes about 2 dozen cookies

Source:  Whole Foods

Enjoy!

Have a fit and fabulous day.

Lisa

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