Heart Smart Cookies

Ingredients

4 Tablespoons of coconut oil
3/4 Cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 Cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 Cup white or brown rice flour
1/3 Cup whole-wheat flour (if gluten-free, sub 1/3 C brown rice/white rice flour maybe a
slight bit more for the correct texture)
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 ½ Cup regular oats (if gluten-free, sub quinoa flakes)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Cup chopped pitted dates
3 ounces coarsely chopped bittersweet chocolate or 1/4 C mini chocolate chip morsels

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring coconut oil to a melting point and add applesauce and brown sugar and mix till smooth and creamy. Add flours, baking soda, oats and salt. Combine the ingredients, add egg, vanilla and pitted dates. The mixture will retain its shape but feel moist. Fold in chocolate and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for about 45 minutes. When you remove the mixture will be more solidified and easier to assemble.Spoon mixture by tablespoon full on pan sprayed cookie sheet. Bake 12-14 minutes till tops are dry to the touch and cookies are lightly browned.

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