I’ve admitted it before. I have a weakness for sweets. For the past two weeks, however, I’ve given up refined sugars, among other things, in the Whole Living 28 Day Challenge. I honestly feel, though I know it will be challenging to permanently slash refined sugars from my diet, that I feel better without them. For the past week I have been gradually adding ingredients back in, watching carefully, noticing the changes I feel as I add. Now I am ready to add in baked goods, even if they are slightly more virtuous than usual.
Enter Oatie-Date Tea Cookies. I was wary of this recipe from the get-go. It’s refined-sugar-free and has no oil, butter, margarine, etc. In a nutshell, it’s wholesome. While this is exactly what I was looking for, I’ve not great experience with virtuous cookies. They just don’t turn out. These however, were a prize in the making. They received my resident cookie critique’s seal of approval. And while they’re not as sweet or fluffy as your usual cookie, they go perfectly with a great cup of steaming tea.Bob’s Red Mill Baking Book 2 1/2 cups quick cooking rolled oats 3/4 cup whole wheat flour 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 cup brown rice syrup 2 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 cup chopped dried dates
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, salt, and baking powder.
- In another bowl, beat together the eggs and syrup, along with the vanilla. Stir in the dates. Add to the dry ingredients and blend well.
- Drop the batter by teaspoons onto the prepared sheet and bake for about 10 minutes. Smash cookies down with a spatula approximately two minutes before they are done.