No Bake AB&J Thumbprint Cookies
So, if you have not caught on already, I am slightly obsessed with Whole Foods. My best friend, Taylor, turned me on to this recipe from the WF website and every time we make them they are hit, even among the most unhealthy taste buds. They make between 24 and 42 depending on how large your cookies. I recommend on making them smaller so you can share more : )
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 of 100% organic fruit preserve ( I recommend raspberry, especially the Sana Cruz Organic Seedless Red Raspberry, so good!)
Put dates into a 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 large balls or 42 small 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: If you are making the smaller balls then cut the nutrition in each serving in half
Per serving (1 each/46g-wt.): 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