Ah, the cookies of my youth. How I sometimes miss them. Miss their taste, that is, not what they did to my body. I don’t dwell on things I’ve chosen to cut out of my repertoire. Unless, of course, I see potential for a makeover in them. Take Hermits for instance. Their chewy texture and sweet molasses flavor still remain a sensory memory. Since they’re a ‘brown’ cookie, which gets its sweetness in part from raisins, why not give a made over version a go?
Taking it a step further, I removed all traces of grain flour, subbing almond flour instead, and derived sweetness from bananas, dates, and raisins. These revamped Hermits also have a deep contrasting tone from espresso, and spicy top notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. The result is sweet, delicious goodness made with whole ingredients and healthy fat.
Even after being baked, they tend to have a wet texture. They’re WAY moist, but that’s not a bad thing. If you prefer a drier texture, simply bake a little longer and round out the baking process by letting them cool in the oven once it’s shut off.
2 cups almond flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
14-15 dates, pitted, and soaked in espresso
1 cup coffee or espresso
2 large, very ripe bananas
½ cup coconut butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup raisins (dark or golden)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cloves
1/2 cupcoconut buttercoconut oil may be substituted
1cupraisinsdark or golden
1teaspoon baking soda
Nonstick cooking spray
Soak the dates in espresso for at least an hour (overnight is OK too)
Preheat oven to 350. Place all ingredients, except the raisins in a food processor. Blend until smooth.
Scrape batter into a mixing bowl, then add raisins and fold until blended.
Spray a rectangular baking pan (9x13) with cooking spray. Scrape batter into the baking dish, spreading with a spatula so batter is evenly spread.
Bake for 40 minutes. Carefully pull from the oven and press the center. If it's still wet or too spongy, put back in oven another ten minutes. If it's done, Turn oven off and let cool in the oven 20 minutes. Slice into squares and serve warm or cool.