vegan oatmeal cookies raw cashew frostingNRGY’S HEALTHIER OATMEAL COOKIES WITH RAW CASHEW FROSTING

1 mashed banana
3/4 cup of apple sauce
1 cup of date syrup (about 15-20 soaked dates blended with water to create a syrup/paste)
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup of wholewheat flour
3 cups of oats (rolled oats preferred)
3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
3/4 teaspoon of baking powder
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1 cup of raisins
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts (optional)
3 cookie sheets or parchment paper

– Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
– Coat cookie sheets.
– In a blender or food processor, whip together the soaked dates with 1 tablespoon of water (add more if needed).
– By hand or with an electric mixer, cream together the banana, apple sauce, date syrup & vanilla until well blended.
– In a separate bowl combine the flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder & cinnamon.
– Add the dry mix to the wet mixture and mix until well blended and smooth.
– Stir in the walnuts & raisins until thoroughly combined.
– Use a tablespoon to scoop up some dough and lightly press the cookies to form 1/3 inch thick rounds.
– Sprinkle whole flaxseeds on top.
– Bake until the cookies are golden brown (12-15 minutes).
– Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to firm up for a few minutes while still on the cookie sheet.

Cashew Frosting:
1 cup of raw cashews soaked overnight
1 cup of dates soaked for 30 minutes
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

In a high speed blender, blend all ingredients together until you have a smooth consistency. May add a little water if needed. Refrigerate for 1/2 an hour for a harder consistency or serve as is.

Thank you for the recipe, Nrgy! Nrgy is a beautiful inspiration and incredible advocate for a plant-based diet. She blogs at Vegan a la Mexican (English) and Vegan a la Mexicana (Spanish).