I really had no idea what I was going to make for a dessert for lentil week. I mean really, dessert with lentils? But, after searching the web, I finally settled on cookies. I found several recipes for lentil cookies, and I decided to combine the things I liked best from two different recipes, plus add a little extra. They are interesting, and they actually don't taste like lentils. If you like oatmeal or spice cookies, then you'll like these.
1 cup lentil puree
2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon cardamom (optional, use if you have it)
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup goji berries
To make the lentil puree, cook 2/3 cup of dried lentils in boiling water for 20-30 minutes, until tender. Drain, and puree in a food processor. Set aside. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, cream
the lentil puree, butter, and sugar with a mixer; add the egg and mix well. Add the flour, baking soda, vanilla, cinnamon, and
cardamom and mix. Stir in the oats, pumpkin seeds, and goji berries. Drop by spoonfuls onto the cookie sheet and flatten them a bit. Bake for 18 minutes.
NOTE: Feel free to substitute any dried fruit for the goji berries. Also, you could add chocolate chips, nuts, shredded coconut,
whatever you have…make them your own!
"Food is never just food. It's also a way of getting at something else: who we are, who we have been, & who we want to be." -- Molly Wizenberg