Apple, Oatmeal, Raisin, and Walnut Cookies

1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 2/3 cups rolled oats
1 1/4 cups oat bran
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. nutmeg
1 1/2 cups apples of choice, peeled, sliced, and divided
1/2 cup frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup safflower oil
1 t. vanilla
1/2 t. almond extract
2/3 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

In a large bowl, place the flour, oats, oat bran, cinnamon, baking powder, and nutmeg, and stir well to combine. Finely dice 1/2 cups of the sliced apples and set aside. Place the remaining sliced apples in a blender or food processor, and puree. Add the apple juice concentrate, maple syrup, oil, vanilla, and almond extract, and blend for 1 minute. Add the apple puree mixture to the dry ingredients and stir well to combine. Fold in the reserved apple, raisins, and walnuts. Drop the batter by rounded tablespoonfuls on to two non-stick cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges and on the bottom. Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheets for 3 minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Yield: 2 Dozen


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