When Tyler and I went to France for our honeymoon, one of our favorite things was that every time we got a coffee or tea it always came with a little cookie for dipping and nibbling as you enjoyed your beverage. I loved this idea and knew i wanted to recreate it but in a healthier way, because lets be honest a cookie a day does NOT keep the doctor away!
I am a bigger lover of oatmeal cookies and all things chewy in texture so when deciding on the base I knew I wanted to imitate the texture and taste of an oatmeal cookie without all of the sugar…or any sugar at all.
These little cookies are about an inch in diameter, not very big at all, and make the perfect accompaniment to a good cup of coffee in the morning ( or tea!) They take less than 20 minutes from start to finish and make about 18 cookies, which an be frozen as well and then thawed in the fridge!
1 cup of oats
1/2 cup of almond butter ( the all natural kind is a must or the all natural peanut butter!)
1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon
1/4 tablespoon of nutmeg
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
1 tablespoon of flaxseed
2 tablespoons of cranberries dried
2 tablespoons of dark chocolate chips ( totally optional, this of course makes them NOT sugar free!)
2 tablespoons of unsweetened shredded coconut
In a bowl mix the almond butter, applesauce, and vanilla together.
Add in the spices, flaxseed, chia seeds, cranberries, coconut, and anything else you are adding and mix until incorporated.
Add in the oats and mix together thoroughly, this will be a wet batter.
Pre heat the oven to 350 and using a 1 inch scoop put them on a baking sheet. Once on a baking sheet, take a glass and press down on the tops of them with the bottom of a glass to make them into a sphere.
Bake for 10-12 minutes depending on oven strength ( watch your first batch, they should come together but still be soft)