Tracy’s Healthy Cookies

Trying to stay slim during the holidays? Well the good news is you can with these healthy cookies that my neighbor Tracy made.
The ingredient list for these is long, but well worth it since you’re feeding your body wholesome food. As a former Michigan State swimmer, Tracy likes to eat healthy and treats herself to one of these cookies as a post-workout snack…. we have a lot in common!
Matt and I are lucky to have such nice neighbors bringing us over food. We both loved Tracy’s cookies and I’ll be sure to make them soon! 

Tracy’s Healthy Cookies
Ingredients
4 Tbsp. butter (melted)
2/3 cup organic brown sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 eggs
2/3 cup sucanat
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
a squirt of agave nectar
1 cup dried prunes (14)
1 cup dried figs (8-10)
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup dates (12)
1 cup pecans
1 cup walnuts
1 cup almonds
2/3 cup brown rice flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 cup golden raisins
3-4 cups whole oats
1 1/2 cups coconut

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. Using a stand mixer, mix the first six ingredients (through agave nectar) together.
3. Using a food processor, blend he dried fruit (through the dates) to make a paste-like consistency.
4. In a blender, blend the nuts (pecans, walnuts and almonds) until nice and smooth.
5. Add the dried fruit and blended nuts to egg mixture using the stand mixer. Mix until combined. You may have to fold the ingredients in by hand…. the mixture will be pretty thick!
6. To the stand mixer, add the remaining ingredients until well combined.
7. Use an ice-cream scoop to make perfect sized cookies and dropped onto parchment-lined cookie sheet. Flatten with your fingers, dipped in water. (The cookies will not change in size once you form them.) Bake for 20-22 minutes with one rotation from rack to rack and spin them around – so they bake evenly.

Yield: about 25 big cookies
Recipe from: my neighbor Tracy

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