This recipe is culled from one of Oprah Winfrey's bestselling books, "Food, Health, and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life."

The book has Winfrey sharing the secret to preparing tasty and yet healthy meals that help promote weight loss as well as general well-being.

This cookie recipe is one of the many, and it is admittedly like no other. The cookies are packed with beneficial nutrients that make it an excellent choice for everyone.

Amazingly, although they are healthy, the cookies are still very delicious, and the secret is the presence of plenty of plant sugars.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 small Gala apples, peeled, cored, and roughly chopped
  • 4 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 1 1/4 cups walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup dried apples, minced
  • 1/2 cup raisins1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp oat flour1
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground mace
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

To prepare:

1. Preheat the oven and bake the oats

The first step is to preheat the oven to 350°F. Afterward, place a baking pan with parchment paper and pour the rolled oats in. Spread the rolled oats evenly and let them bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until they are lightly fragrant.

Then, remove the oats from the oven and cool them while they are spread on a plate.

2. Prepare and sauté the fruits

Next, prepare the fruits. Chop the apples and mash the bananas; this gives the cookies a flavorful texture.

Then, lightly coat a pan with cooking spray and place it on medium-high heat. Add the chopped apples, and cook for three minutes, or until they have softened.

Transfer the apples into a large bowl and set aside for about 10 minutes to cool. Pour and stir the mashed bananas and apple juice to the cooked apples.

3. Combine the dry ingredients

In another bowl, combine the toasted oats, walnuts, dried apples, raisins, oat flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, mace, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt.

Then, stir in the wet ingredients into the dry mixture. Mix the dough using your hands or a large spoon. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rest at room temperature for 10 minutes.

4. Cut the cookies into shapes

After the dough has rested, you can start cutting the cookies into any shapes of your choice or simply section them using a 3/4-ounce ice cream scoop.

Place the cookies onto a silicone mat and cover them with plastic wrap. Then, flatten them using a spoon or a flat glass bottom until they are 1/2-inch thick.

5. Bake the cookies

Place the cookies in the oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and set on a cooling rack to cool completely.

For optimum enjoyment, pair the cookies with a delightful blend of smoothie or fruit juice. Enjoy!