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We love this time of year when the weather changes and the colors of the trees start showing their magnificence. The only bad thing is, we know it's that much closer to winter. Not ready for cold yet. Hopefully, we'll have a long, nice fall. We hope you are enjoying this time of year too.

The first time I made these cookies, I couldn't stop eating them out of the dehydrator after only a couple of hours. They are so good! I left them in longer so I could store them but they really don't take very long to dehydrate. Also, if you like cookie dough, this dough is wonderful and healthy. You don't have to worry about eating anything bad. I ate about a cookie's worth of dough when I was putting them on the trays to put in the dehydrator. These cookies are best dehydrated at a lower temperature. I started at 145 degrees but only left them at that temperature for 30 minutes then reduced it to 115 degrees for a few hours. I don't think they taste as good when the cookies are done too much. You can certainly try these in a warm oven, but I would check them often.

I also used unsweetened pear/applesauce in the recipe. You can just use applesauce but making your own is so easy and I really like the pear/apple combination. I have a NutriBullet and I just add a pear, an apple, and a little water together, then blend. I keep it stored in a mason jar in the refrigerator and use it in my green smoothie every day. I think adding the pear just gives it a nicer, sweeter flavor. I've been doing that for awhile now so when any recipe calls for applesauce, I use my pear/apple sauce.


SOFT & CHEWY OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES

Makes about 15

1/3 cup raw almond butter (we used crunchy)

1/4 cup unsweetened pear/applesauce or plain applesauce*

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1t vanilla

1/2t cinnamon

1/4t sea salt

Blend all ingredients in a mixing bowl until smooth. Now add in:

2/3 cup oat flour

1/3 cup almond flour

2T psyllium husks

Mix in well. Now add:

1 cup regular oats

1/2 cup raisins

Mix well. We used an ice cream scoop to make our cookies. Place dough on a mesh tray lined with parchment paper. Flatten cookies to your liking. We like ours a little flat plus they dehydrate better. After a couple of hours, take off the parchment paper and let dehydrate for a few more hours until done. We started them at 145 degrees for 30 minutes then turned down to 115 degrees for a few more hours. You don't want to over do these cookies. Ours only took about 5 hours or so, depending on your dehydrator. Store in a mason jar.

*NOTE: If you want to make your own pear/applesauce, take 1 pear and 1 apple and blend together with some water. I have a Nutri Bullet and that works perfectly for this.