Fruited Oatmeal Cookies are nice and spicy with cinnamon and allspice and packed with healthy oats, dried mixed fruit and chopped nuts.

Fruited Oatmeal Cookies Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 12-14 min
Ready In: 60 min

Servings: 18

Ingredients
¾ up Butter, softened
3 medium Eggs
¾ cup Apple Juice concentrate
1½ tsp Vanilla
1½ cup Flour
1½ cup Oats
½ tsp Baking soda
½ tsp Salt
½ tsp ground Cinnamon
½ tbsp Allspice, ground
6 oz Dried Fruit (mixed)
½ cup Nuts, chopped

Directions
Chop fruit. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat butter in large bowl until creamy. Blend in eggs, apple juice concentrate, and vanilla. Add flour, oats, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and allspice; mix well. Stir in dried fruit and nuts. Drop scant ¼ cupfuls of dough, 3 inches apart, onto lightly greased cookie sheets; flatten slightly. Bake 12 to 14 minutes, until edges are lightly brown. Cool one minute on cookie sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Store in tightly covered container.

Tips & Notes
Dried fruits offer some advantages over fresh fruits: a longer shelf life and portability. If you are watching your weight, dried fruits should be eaten in moderation as they contain significantly more calories per serving than fresh fruits.
Some dried fruits contain sugars added in processing which increase its calorie content. However, dried fruits without additives offer numerous health benefits.
Dried fruits generally contain more fiber than the same-sized serving of their fresh counterparts. Fiber helps keep your digestive system running smoothly.
Because most of the water is extracted from dried fruits, their nutrients are condensed into a small package. Dried fruits like apricots, raisins, prunes and figs contain high amounts of betacarotene, vitamin E, niacin, iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium.
Dried fruits contain little to no fat. They also contain significant calories per serving, making them a natural source of energy for athletes. They also are a good supplement for people seeking to gain weight healthfully. If you are watching your weight, you may want to limit your intake of dried fruit due to the calorie content.

Nutritional Information Per Serving
Calories: 209
Total Fat: 11g
Cholesterol: 60mg
Sodium: 240mg
Total Carbohydrates: 24g
Protein: 4g

Source: DiabetesCare.net

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