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Healthy Banana-Oatmeal Power Cookies

Servings: Makes 18 cookies
These big tasty cookies are just what your kids will need for a good start to their busy day in school. They're filled with flaked coconut, oats, raisins (or dried apricots), walnuts, bananas; all of the essential vitamins your child will need to keep him or her going until lunch time, or serve them with a big glass of milk when he or she gets home. These cookies make a delicious snack for kids of all ages, even your teenagers will love them.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
6 tbsp. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 very ripe banana, mashed
1 egg, at room temperature
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots or golden raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat an oven to 325°F (160°C). Lightly grease 1 or 2 baking sheets. In a bowl, stir together the flour, coconut, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In a large bowl, cream the brown sugar and butter with a wooden spoon until fluffy. Add the banana and egg and beat with a fork until blended. Stir in the flour mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time, then stir in the apricots and the walnuts.

Spoon the dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet(s), spacing the cookies about 2 inches apart. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes, switching pan positions halfway through baking if 2 pans were used. Remove from the oven and cool on the baking sheet(s) on a rack for about 5 minutes. Transfer the cookies to the rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Makes about 18 cookies.

Date: April 5, 2003