Health Bar Cookies

By now, I’m sure you all know that I love to adapt recipes to eliminate refined sugars and boost goodness.  These Health Bar Cookies are definitely Healthy Cookie Series-worthy as they are great sugar-free treats.  Ben really enjoyed them for breakfast in the morning and said that they gave him lots of energy without the crash you get from a sugar high.

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Health Bar Cookies

[Ingredients]

  • 1/2 c raisins
  • 3/4 c water
  • 1 1/4 c whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 c sesame seeds [note: next time I plan on using 1/2 c sesame seeds and omitting the sunflowers… who knew toasted sesame seeds added such great flavor??]
  • 1/4 c sunflower seeds
  • 1 1/4 c rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Place raisins in water and microwave for 90 seconds.  Set it aside to soak for ten minutes or so, then drain the raisins and reserve the water.  Coursely chop raisins.

Over medium heat, toast the sesame and sunflower seeds, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until the seame seeds are golden brown and fragrant.  Set aside.

Whisk together the flour, oats, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and toasted seeds.

Add raisins.

Mix together almond milk, maple syrup, reserved raisin water, vanilla and oil.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cover and refrigerate mixture for 20 to 30 minutes.

Drop large portions onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet

, and flatten cookies to about 1/2’’ thick.

Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the cookies are golden.

Cool for a few minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Enjoy! These can be easily frozen and thawed out in the morning for a pre-workout snack Winking smile.

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Happy Friday!  What’s your favorite pre-workout snack? I like denser things like these “bar cookies” before a longer run.

Aloha Pumehana. Whether you’re here to find balance, wholesome recipes or inspiration, I hope you enjoy the posts.  Please subscribe to Green Plate Dinners to receive automatic updates and be the first to read new posts for free!

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