Fruit and nut cookies

Can you believe that four months of the year are nearly behind us. I had such great plans in January for healthy living, and eating and made promises of baked goodies to share with you on the blog.

Fruit & nut cookies

Well, I suppose thinking back I have made somewhat of an effort…

Like… most weekends myself, the hubby, the small one and our two German shepherds (one female, one male) go for a long stroll in the nearby forest park, hail, rain or snow (and there has been lots of that recently). Of course that’s after a massive Irish fry-up.

Fruit & nut cookies

Like… I did abstain from chocolate and sweets for Lent. Well… for the most part of it anyway, but then I just had to help the small one devour some of his easter eggs. That counteracted any shed pounds in a matter of hours.

Like… I have set the alarm clock nearly every morning since January with ever so great intentions of a twenty-minute jog before getting the small one up and out for school. So far the only exercise obtained here is swinging the arm to hit the snooze button.

Fruit & nut cookies

Like… I’ve toyed with the idea of taking the small one swimming for a few Saturdays now, but I hesitate on the day and think – sure he’d catch a cold in that weather. So we leave it for yet another week and instead get tasty treats and make our way to the cinema.

So this week I’ve made a real effort and baked some really, really healthy cookies. Sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free… these cookies taste good – in that healthy feel good, morish way.

Fruit & nut cookies

Fruit and Nut cookies

Makes 12 • No bake

100g walnuts
100g ground almonds
50g dates pitted
100g raisins
50g apricots
2 tablespoons mixed seeds
75g desiccated coconut
9 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon honey

1. Preheat oven to 180c/gas 4/160c (fan) and line a baking tray with grease proof paper
2. Put nuts, fruit, seeds and coconut into a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
3. Stir in the orange juice slowly until you have a softish dough. You will need to mould and shape the dough tightly in your hands to combine, then place each cookie on to a baking sheet and flatten slightly.
4. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly brown. Leave on the tray for a further 5 minutes. Then turn out onto a baking tray.

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