This recipe is inspired by a recipe by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of Eat for Health. These cookies are easy to make, and great for the holidays. Try using different kinds of preserves for a variety of flavors.


  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 c. dates, pitted
  • 1-1/2 c. almond butter
  • 1/2 c. shredded coconut
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt (optional)
  • 100% all -fruit preserves


Soak dates in warm water to cover for 10-15 minutes. Grind oats in a blender or food processor. Pour into a bowl and set aside. Place dates in the food processor with 1/2c. of soaking liquid and puree. Add to oats, along with almond butter, coconut, orange zest and juice, and spices. Knead together until a dough is formed. Form into balls and press down in middle with thumb. Place a small amount of preserves in the indentation. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.