Fruit & Nut Granola Cookie Bites

High Fiber Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies.

High Fiber Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fruit & Nut Granola Cookie Bites – Makes About 30 Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten lightly
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 1 tablespoon warm water
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried sour cherries or dried cranberries
  • 1/8 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/8 cup chopped almonds

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Combine the banana with the brown sugar in a large bowl and beat in the egg, the baking soda mixture, the flour, the salt, and the vanilla. Stir in the oats, the apricots, raisins, cherries (or cranberries), walnuts, and almonds and combine the dough well.
  3. Drop rounded tablespoons of the dough about 4 inches apart onto greased baking sheets. We like to leave them as cookie balls, but you can also flatten them out.
  4. Bake the cookies in batches in the middle of a preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until they are golden brown on the bottom.
  5. Transfer them to racks and allow them to cool.

These cookies are a very healthy and nutrient packed alternative to traditional oatmeal raisin cookies, and they are super yummy. Make some up to keep around as a healthy snack, or serve them up at your next party or gathering! What do you think of this recipe?

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Easy Party Recipes: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi Rolls!

This delicious and adorable peanut butter and jelly recipe comes from All Recipes, and takes a mere 5 minutes to whip up. It’s perfect for parties, or would even be cute for packing in your kid’s lunchbox!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi Rolls – Servings: 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp of your favorite peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp of your favorite jam, jelly, or preserves
  • 2 slices of bread (we love whole wheat or white-wheat for this recipe!)

Directions:

  1. Remove the crusts from bread (save for breadcrumbs in another recipe). With a rolling pin or large soup can, completely flatten bread.
  2. Spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and 1 tablespoon of fruit spread on each slice of bread.
  3. Roll each slice into a tight spiral. Cut each spiral into 4 pieces.

There are so many fun ways to change this recipe up. Some ideas include:

  • Swap peanut butter for almond butter or Nutella
  • Use sprinkles or granola to give the illusion of “roe” on top of the sushi
  • If using Nutella, swap fruit spread for coconut flakes, marshmallow spread, or thinly sliced bananas!

What would be your ideal sandwich sushi combo?

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