Snack | Dessert

Spiced Fruit Cookies

  • 10 Mins

    Prep Time

  • 15-20 Mins

    Cook Time

  • 24


  • 122


  • 2g


  • 25g


  • 2g




  • 3 Cups Rolled Oats, divided
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ Tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • ½ Tsp Ground Cloves
  • 3 Tbsp Ground Flaxseeds
  • ¾ Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Plain Applesauce
  • 8 Dates, pitted and diced
  • ¾ Cup Roasted, Salted Pecans
  • 1¼ Cup No Added-Sugar Strawberry Fruit Spread
  • GGluten:

    Oats are naturally gluten-free, but for those with celiac disease, use certified gluten-free oats.

  • NNuts:

    Replace roasted pecans with roasted sunflower seeds.


  • 1.

    Wash Hands Wash hands with soap and water.

  • 2.

    Preheat Oven Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • 3.

    Mix Dry Ingredients Mix 1½ cups rolled oats, baking powder, and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves) in a large bowl. Set aside.

  • 4.

    Blend Fruit Mixture In a food processor or blender, combine the flaxseed, water, applesauce, and remaining 1 ½ cups oats. Process until the batter has an even consistency. Add the strawberry fruit spread and blend until combined.

  • 5.

    Combine All Ingredients Pour the fruit mixture in with the dry ingredients and whisk until everything is combined. Stir in the dates and pecans. The mixture will be slightly wet.

  • 6.

    Bake Dough Drop 12 spoonfuls of dough onto each baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

  • 7.

    Cool & Enjoy Allow the cookies to cool on cooling rack before enjoying. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days. Cookies will also keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

  • 8.

    Wash Hands Wash hands with soap and water.

Recipe adapted from

Nourishment Notes


Fruity and salty flavors, like those from the salted nuts and fruits in this cookie, are often well-tolerated in patients experiencing challenges with taste.

Sweet Foods

Foods that are naturally sweet, such as fruit, are more accepted in patients experiencing food that tastes too salty, bitter, or acidic.


Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde, the component that gives cinnamon it’s flavor and odor is also known to help lower inflammation associated with certain cancers.


Cloves may help with stomach upset, as it’s a natural digestive aid. It’s also rich in antioxidants to help protect healthy cells from becoming damaged.


Nutmeg, like cloves, is a natural digestive aid to help with stomach upset. It’s also rich in myristicin, a compound that may help promote tumor-fighting in the body.

Fatigue Buster

  • Ask for Assistance

    Ask a friend or family member to help make these cookies.

  • Freeze Extra

    Make extra and freeze. Thaw to enjoy on days when experiencing taste challenges.

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