These cookies get their sweetness from mashed up banana and finely chopped dates.
I really have come to love dates and figs! You need to look for dates that have no added sugar however. They are plenty sweet all on their own! Don't get the ones all diced up and rolled in sugar to keep them from sticking together.
Helpful Hint for Ground Oats
I have this awesome little mini food processor that I love to use for jobs like this. They are super cheap to buy. I think less than $10 at Wal-Mart, but a coffee grinder will even work if you have nothing else. Another helpful hint for dicing up the very sticky dates is to spray your knife with cooking spray.
Just in case you are wondering I did add those optional ingredients. I just wasn't sure about it being sweet enough so I threw in the agave. I now think they would be awesome with out that. I really only added the raisins and craisins for some color but I will probably add them again next time because they are super delicious and I don't want to mess with the recipe.
Place them on an ungreased cookie sheet by the spoonful. You will bake them at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. I think I got about 25-28 cookies out of the batch. These cookies will not spread out. So if you would like them a little flatter then push them down a bit before you put them in the oven.
They will look nice and golden and be scrumptiously chewy on the inside like this when they are done. But like I said they won't flatten out. They are fat little cookie.
Someone should have been slapping my hand away from the plate because there are only 4 of these left. I didn't really tell the kids a whole lot about them because frankly I didn't want to share. Miles has had several and I have kept my mouth shut about it. However I will be keeping those last 4 to myself. I might hurt someone if they touch them because this morning I discovered and even better way to enjoy them.....