Posted on January 8, 2014 | by in Recipe, Updates

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Number of Servings: 12 (51 G )
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes

1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup puffed rice cereal
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup date paste
1/4 cup juice-sweetened dried cranberries
1 tablespoon vanilla



1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Combine all ingredients and stir well.
3. Place spoonfuls of dough on to the baking sheet and flatten slightly.Breakfast-Cookies-featured-image
4. Bake 25 minutes. Source; © 2014 Guiding Stars

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I made my own date paste for this recipe (incredibly easy). Put your dates into sealable container and add just enough water to cover them. Let them sit for at least 30 mins. (you can leave them for up to 3 hours and they will be fine). Remove dates from the water, remove pits if they have them and puree in a food processor. After pureeing for a min. or 2, add about 1 tsp. of the water you soaked your dates in. Continue to puree until you reach a smooth creamy consistency.

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