Medjool dates are usually big and sweet. This sweetness results in some truly awesome oatmeal cookies. People go crazy over these bites and they certainly never dream that they’re eating lentils!
In most recipes I use Deglet Noor dates because they’re cheap and I can find them at any grocery store. Medjool can be a little more difficult to come by (I often find them in the produce section). Feel free to swap Deglet Noor dates for Medjool dates, if needed. Find more info about dates here.
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!
Plant-Based Oatmeal Raisin Bites
- 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.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Soak dates in 1/2 cup hot water for 5 minutes.
- 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.
- 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.
- Add lentil and date mixture to dry ingredients in mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Add raisins and stir.
- Using a cookie scoop, drop dough onto parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!