When thinking oatmeal raisin cookies, red lentils may not come to mind – but these offer an awesome texture AND tons of nutrients. They have a good amounts of iron and potassium and both filling fiber and protein. So, unlike most sugary treats, these satisfy the sweet-tooth and appetite!

Oatmeal Raisin Bites [Vegan]

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Serves

15

Cooking Time

15

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried red lentils rinsed
  • 8 medjool dates pitted
  • cups rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup raisins no sugar added
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Preparation

  1. Add red lentils and 1 cup water to medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, cover and let cook for 20 minutes or until water is absorbed.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. Soak dates in 1/2 cup hot water for 5 minutes.
  4. Add rolled oats to food processor fitted with S-blade and processor into coarse oat flour. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda.
  5. Add dates (including soaking water), vanilla extract and cooked lentils to food processor fitted with an S-blade. Process for 30 seconds, or until smooth.
  6. Add lentil and date mixture to dry ingredients in mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Add raisins and stir.
  7. Using a cookie scoop, drop dough onto parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cook and enjoy!

Notes

Store in an airtight container. If you haven't already polished these off after 2 days, store in refrigerator for up to 1 week. If swapping Deglet Noor dates, use 16 rather than 8.

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Nutritional Information

Per Serving: Calories: 109 | Carbs: 24 g | Fat: 1 g | Protein: 3 g | Sodium: 121 mg | Sugar: 13 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.