Something smells good in here, besides the scent of a freshly cleaned house without kids in it, that is! We’re celebrating the first day back at school with some home-baked after-school treats. It’s pouring rain outside and I love being a homebody on a rainy day. I decided to come up with something I could make without a trip to the store.
My original plan was to make the muffins that my friend Carrie from Poet in the Pantry made for her kids on their first day back, but I didn’t have all the ingredients. The inspiration for this recipe came from my own cupboards as I scratched through them looking for ideas. Apricot Oatmeal Cookies – not too sweet, a satisfying after school (or work) treat. And I can send them for a lunch box snack tomorrow since they don’t contain any nuts.
Look for unsulphured, dried apricots (they’re the ones that turn brown because they don’t contain sulphites to preserve their colour – same great taste!)
This recipe makes approximately 24 cookies.
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/4 cup grapeseed oil (or sunflower oil would work)
1 cup of coconut sugar (or sugar of your choice, but I’m loving coconut sugar!)
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups of quick cooking oats
1 cup of kamut flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup of chopped, dried apricots
Preheat your oven to 350 F.
In the bowl of a mixer, combine the apple sauce, oil, sugar, and vanilla and mix well.
Add the baking soda, salt, oats and flour and mix until combined, do not over mix.
Stir in the chopped apricots.
Drop the cookie dough using a tablespoon onto parchment-lined baking sheet or a baking stone.
Flatten slightly with damp hands.
Bake approximately 12 minutes, or until the cookies are beginning to brown.
Cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely (or enjoy them once they are cool enough to handle!)
Happy first day of school everyone!