The most delicious oatmeal cookies ever...i promise!

These oatmeal cookies are so unbelievably good...and they're vegan!  Anyone I've ever made them for absolutely loves (vegans and nonvegans alike) plus they are ridiculously easy to make!  I usually make them either with raisins or dried figs but honestly you can use any dried fruit or sub the fruit for chocolate chips (which I've done before too and are also yum!) **Makes about 12 cookies**

1 c. quick-cooking rolled oats

3/4 c. unbleached all-purpose flour or whole wheat pastry flour (could even use gluten free flour just make sure it doesn't include baking soda and baking powder)

1/3 c. light brown sugar

2 t. baking powder

1 t. baking soda

1/4 t. fine sea salt

1/3 c. maple syrup

1/2 c. safflower oil

1 t. vanilla extract

1/2 t. molasses

1/4 c. chopped dried fruit or raisings

1/4 c. finely chopped walnuts

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine oats, flour, sugar baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl.  In separate bowl combine syrup, oil, vanilla extract and molasses.  Make well in center of dry ingredients bowl, add wet ingredients to dry ingredients -careful not to overmix.  Fold in dried fruit and nuts.

Use your hand to roll Tablespoon sized scoops of dough into balls.  Place onto baking sheet and press down lightly to flatten the tops.  Bake for 8-12 minutes or until lightly browned.  Remember cookies will continue to bake a little even when you take them out of the oven so I usually only bake for 10 minutes and they let them sit on cookie sheet for about five minutes before I move them to a cookie sheet.

RecipesJamie Wagener