Hello, I'm Sister Carlos, Melissa's mother-in-law and my husband is currently serving as the President of the Philippines Cauayan Mission.
This is a great cookie to serve for breakfast or other snacks. I got the recipe from Sister Edwards the wife of our Area President here in the Philippines. She got it from Sister Jensen. Anyway, everyone loves these cookies.
From Sis. Lona Lee Jensen, wife of Elder Jay E. Jensen
Doctor Richard Hardy's High-Fiber cookie (for missionaries and everyone else who needs high fiber and low sugar cookies)
Heat together to soften fruit:
1 cup raisins or cut up prunes ( dried apricots, craisens are good too!)
1 cup water
Blend and mix with water and fruit:
1 cup oil or margarine
1 cup sugar
Add to previous ingredients:
2 cups grated carrots or Zucchini squash (I do 1 to 11/2 cups carrots or zucchini and then I add a half cup to a cup of mashed banana, or crushed pineapple or grated apple)
1 cup All Bran cereal (any flaky type cereal will do)
Finally add to all of the above:
2 cups Whole Wheat flour (I can’t get whole wheat here and so I use regular)
2/3 tsp Baking soda
2/3 tsp salt
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
1 cup chopped nuts
2 cups 1 Minute uncooked oatmeal cereal (I use old fashioned oats)
Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes.
*They will be very moist, therefore do not store in a covered container, unless storing in the refrigerator. I leave mine on the cupboard, uncovered, until they get dried out some (up to a couple of days, maybe, depending on the humidity in your climate).
History of this recipe: In South America, Dr. Richard Hardy served several missions as medical advisor and attended to the needs of the missionaries for many years. He found that they often had problems that were directly related to their diet which lacked fiber. He developed this recipe for them. They can be a breakfast cookie or an snack during the day. They are very moist. They are lower in sugar than most cookie recipes so some people may need to get used to that aspect of them. I personally love them, especially when loaded with nuts.