Banana Date and Oat Cookies

Yes it's been a while since I have posted anything about food... the truth be when you are convalescing with an upper respiratory tract infection the last thing on your mind is cooking...

So I must be getting better then?...?

 Here is a delicious, yummy, and good for you, quick and easy recipe…  and great for kids snack packs.

Banana Date and Oat Cookies
This is a recipe I have used since the late 80's.  The original recipe was from the "Fit for Life" book by Marilyn Diamond, and over the years I have played with it and just added odd bits and pieces from the pantry, for a bit of a twist to the basic recipe of oats, bananas, dates.
1.5 cups porridge oats
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
4 tablespoons sunflower seeds
1/2 cup ground almonds
Pinch of Cinnamon
3 large very ripe bananas
3/4 cup dates
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1/3 cup Light Olive Oil or vegetable oil
2 tablespoons Raspberry Syrup (optional)

Ready to bake
Preheat oven to 175-180C.
Place all dry ingredients into a large bowl, add half the oil, and mix well.  
In a blender add the dates the raspberry syrup and remainder oil, blend to a chunky mess.  
Mash bananas with a fork add vanilla extract.
Add the dates and bananas to oats and seeds mix and mix well.
Onto a baking sheet place oval shaped cookies the size of tablespoon.  

Bake in a moderate oven 175-180C for 20-25 minutes.  Remove and cool on cooling grid.

Bon appetit!

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