I can’t help but share one of my favorite recipes using agave nectar. Since we’re talking about reducing the amount of refined sugar we use, agave is a great alternative, as I mentioned in yesterday’s video.
I adapted this recipe from a friend of mine and added in some things I love like shredded coconut and dried cranberries (in my case I only use apple-sweetened cranberries that I get at the health food store, not those with refined sugar). It’s so simple that you can make the batter in minutes. In fact, Bruce loves these cookies so much that he’s become a master of making them and swears my aren’t nearly as good!
People consistently rave about these cookies and they are a healthy alternative to store bought cookies loaded with refined sugar. Even better, they’re made with a whole grain flour.
1 cup organic rolled oats
1 cup spelt, whole wheat or oat flour (spelt is my favorite)
1 cup ground almonds (I love Trader Joe’s almond meal — already ground up)
½ cup shredded coconut (optional ,but adds fantastic flavor so why not go for it!!)
½ tsp. salt
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup dried cranberries (optional)
½ cup agave nectar (or pure maple syrup)
½ cup canola oil
½ tsp. vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
3. Mix the wet ingredients and stir into the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon.
4. Form 1” balls and place on an oiled cookie sheet, pressing the balls down with your fingers.
5. Bake for 12 minutes or until crispy.
These cookies are simply delicious. Give the recipe a try and let me know what you think.