Looking for a healthy after school snack? Try No Bake Oatmeal Fruit Cookies. These are vegan and child friendly.
Cookies that are healthy and you don’t need to bake. Woo hoo! What could be better than that?These are seriously tasty little treats. These little gems are also vegan. Last year my husband’s cardiologist suggested he go “vegan”. Whoa was that a life change. We love cheese and dairy. I wasn’t sure where to start so I bought a couple of vegan cook books. (Any excuse to buy a cookbook) One of the cookbooks I bought was Vegan Cooking for Carnivores by Roberto Martin. I came across a recipe for Fruity Snack Balls. I loved the idea of a healthy cookie that I could throw together in minutes. It would be the perfect afternoon snack for my little one.
I made some changes and came up with No Bake Oatmeal Fruit Cookies. I tentatively gave one to my little one. Since these are healthy and full of dried fruit, I wasn’t sure she would buy them as a “cookie”. One bite and I was all in. Oh yes, I loved these little nuggets of fruity joy. She took a bite and ate the whole thing. I knew they were winners when she wanted to bring them to school for a snack. I’ve got a winner! Score one for Mommy.
This is a very versatile recipe. Use whatever dried fruit you have. We love dried mango and apricot so I always have them in the pantry. I really adored the dried cherries but dried cranberries will do instead. Make sure you use unsweetened coconut. If you can’t find it in the baking aisle, try the freezer section by the frozen fruit. I keep unsweetened coconut in my freezer with my nuts. It will last a long time. I don’t bother using sweetened coconut anymore.
Go whip these up now for your kids. You can surprise them with a healthy cookie and a glass of milk after school. What kid wouldn’t want to come home to that. You can sneak a few for yourself too.
- ¾ cup unsweetened shredded coconut (King Arthur)
- ¾ cup dried apricots
- 1 cup dried mango (I used Sunsweet) or pineapple
- ½ cup dried cranberries (reduced sugar) or cherries
- ½ cup sliced raw almonds
- ½ cup quick cooking oats
- Place coconut, apricots, mango and cranberries in a food processor. Process for 1 minute.
- Add almonds and oats. Process for another minute.
- Using a tablespoon, pack the mixture hard into it. Really pack it down so it forms a half circle. Gently press down on one side to pop out the cookie.
- Place onto a baking sheet or cutting board. Repeat with remaining dough.
- Refrigerate until hard.
(Adapted from Vegan Cooking for Carnivores by Roberto Martin’s Fruity Snack Balls)
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