Servings: Makes 10 to 12 cookies
Ingredients 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour1/3 cup maple sugar2 tsp. baking powder1 tsp. baking soda1/4 tsp. fine sea salt1/3 cup maple syrup1/2 cup safflower oil1 tsp. vanilla extract1/2 tsp. molasses1/4 cup chopped dried plums or other dried fruit1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine the oats, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the syrup, oil, vanilla extract, and molasses. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir to combine. Fold in the dried plums and nuts.
Using your hands, roll tablespoon-size scoops of dough into balls. Place the balls onto the prepared baking sheet and press down slightly on the balls to flatten the tops. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer cookies to a baking rack to cool completely.
For variety, replace the all-purpose flour with whole wheat pastry flour, barley flour, spelt flour, or a gluten-free baking mix (choose one that does not include baking soda and baking powder). You can also substitute chocolate chips for the dried fruit and any kind of nuts for the walnuts.The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone. Published by Rodale Books. © 2009