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Raw Oatmeal Raisin Cookie turns into a Superball.

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My girlfriend turned me on to a raw oatmeal raisin cookie a decade ago. The cookies were a hit with my kids. We all know if your children like something, you scored high!

The cookies on the grocery shelves are not conducive for a family that avoids gluten, dairy, and sugar. So we had to get creative.

You may think the top producer of Oatmeal Raisin cookies knows how to make a healthy snack, but once you start reading ingredients, you will have a new perspective.

I became a reader of ingredients over 20 years ago when my son’s doctor suggested a gluten-free diet.

Did you hear what I said? Twenty years ago. Finding gluten-free food at your local grocer was like finding Brad Pitt on your sofa waiting to surprise you. It just never happened!

Instead, I had to learn what was gluten-free and what was not.

Oatmeal was a tricky one. I have read that it is naturally gluten-free, but due to cross-contamination, it may have gluten traces.

To be on the safe side, I buy Gluten-Free Oats from Bob’s Red Mill.

Since then, the recipe has evolved. I will explain in a minute, but first, let’s gt to the basics.

If you are someone who needs exact measurements and directions, you got the wrong girl. Most of the time, I take a recipe and tweak it to my liking. Other times I find whatever is in the cupboard or frig and work with that.

I don’t have the exact measurements in my head or written down in some secret place. If I do, then it is a real secret because I don’t know where the heck it is. But I got the 4 ingredients remembered, and I know how we made them.

  • Dates. I get them either at our local health food store from the bin or in a pre-packaged container you can find just about anywhere. Organic dates are hard to find. I am not a purist, so I don’t break out in nervous hot flashes if I use conventional.
  • Organic Cinnamon
  • Organic raisins
  • At least a cup of uncooked whole oats.

Instructions

Remove the pit from the dates, chop them up into smaller pieces, and put them aside.

Place uncooked oats in a large bowl. If you prefer, you can just dust a cutting board with flour and start there.

Gradually add the hopped dates and mush the dates and oatmeal together in your hands. You may want to add a little water or flour to your hands because they will get sticky.

Keep going until you get the consistency you desire. A drop of water may help but only a drop or two, otherwise The oatmeal will quickly absorb the water and turn to mush.

Add cinnamon and raisins.

Form into balls or flatten out like a traditional cookie.

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Now here is the fun part.

Over the years, I created Superballs. What I mean is, I added other ingredients that supply a big boost of nutrition.

Here is a list of ideas

  • Raw Almond, peanut, or cashew butter
  • Tahini
  • Dairy-free chocolate chips
  • Small seeds such as sunflower
  • Hemp seeds
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Shredded coconut. I usually roll the balls around on a plate of coconut when finished forming. I find it better than adding them to the mix.

Don’t be afraid to get messy because you will. And don’t expect your cookies to last long. The balls pop right into your mouth and wake it up with chewy flavor.

Oh, and they will wake up your bowels too! Happy flushing!

Thea Williams Scalco, B. Msc. - Wishing you an abundance of blessings for a healthy, happy home!

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