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Banana carob coconut raisin oatmeal cookies with walnuts are a delicious vegan treat for any occasion and for a snack. This recipe takes about 15 minutes preparation time and 20 minutes baking time to make 24 cookies. Since these cookies contain no preservatives, it is best to store leftovers in a tightly closed container or bag in the refrigerator.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. (175 degrees C.)
Place the spelt, or whole wheat flour, and the rolled oats (quick oatmeal) in a bowl and mix together. Add the coconut and 2 cups of the raisins and mix well to ensure that the raisins are not sticking together, and that they are thoroughly coated with the flour mixture.
Place the peeled bananas, 1 cup of the raisins, carob, and vanilla in the container of a high speed blender. Cover and run at high speed until all the ingredients are thoroughly blended into a smooth "fudge" sauce.
Add the banana and carob mixture to the flour mixture and mix thoroughly with a stiff spatula or spoon. If the cookie dough is too stiff, you may add a little apple juice or water. A soft dough will make flatter, smoother cookies. A stiff dough will make irregular, thick cookies like the ones shown in the photo. (To test for dough stiffness, we stick a soup spoon upright into the dough. If the dough is stiff enough, the spoon will remain upright.)
On a non-stick or lightly oiled baking sheet, place the cookie dough in 24 equal sized "mounds." Smooth and shape each cookie with a spoon or spatula, as desired.
Place the walnut halves on the top of each mound of cookie dough and press in slightly. Use any design and quantity of walnuts you desire.
Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake at 350 degrees F. for about 20 minutes. Various ovens bake differently, so we suggest that you begin checking the cookies after 15 minutes of baking. The cookies should be firm, but a little "springy" when touched. Be careful not to over-bake. When the banana carob coconut raisin oatmeal cookies are baked, remove from the oven, cool, and enjoy.
The above recipe is in keeping with God's creation intent (Genesis 1:29-31): 'Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground-- everything that has the breath of life in it-- I give every green plant for food." And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.' (NIV) Let no animal suffer or die that we may live!