Healthier Oatmeal Cookies

    When we were at Whole Foods Market, the other day, Kay was looking at the - (Well, OK, Kay is legally blind from the MS but we were there anyway) - flours and so on and she wondered if we (me/I) could make oatmeal cookies with brown rice flour. Then she said we shouldn't be using processed sugar.  So, I replaced that too. Then she thought it would be a good idea to add flax and unsalted sun flower seeds.

    These taste just like they should and we have two or three every day.

1 C butter (at room temperature)

1 tsp. soda
¼ C sugar, unprocessed
3 ½ C thick rolled oats (not packaged or processed

1 C chopped dates or raisins
1 (3 oz.) pkg. Inst. vanilla pudding
2 eggs
1 ¼ C brown rice flour

¾ C light brown sugar
1/2 C   sunflower seeds, unsalted
1/4 C   flax seeds

1C chopped nuts (we use walnuts)

Beat together butter, both sugars and pudding. Add eggs and beat until smooth. In a separate bowl mix together flour and soda, then add to mixture.

Stir in oatmeal, seeds, raisins or dates and nuts. Batter will be stiff.

Drop a rounded teaspoon onto greased (or use parchment paper) baking sheet and bake @ 375º for 10 – 12 min. Let cool for a few minutes to set then transfer to cooling tray.