No-Bake Thumbprint Cookies

No-Bake Thumbprint Cookies
3/4 cup. Medjool dates
3 cups GF rolled oats
1 1/2 cups smooth almond butter
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 each orange
zest and juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
3/4 cup 100% all-fruit preserves
such as cherry, apricot, or fig
These cookies are easy to make and great for kids. You can even use fresh, seasonal fruit instead of the preserves.
Put dates in a medium bowl, cover with hot water, and set aside to soak for 10-15 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup of soaking liquid, and then drain dates well.
In a food processor, pulse the oats until coarsely ground; transfer to a large bowl and set aside.
Transfer dates and reserved 1/2 cup soaking liquid to food processor and purée until smooth.
Add date mixture, almond butter, coconut, orange zest and juice, cinnamon and salt to bowl with oats and knead together to make a dough.
Roll dough into 24 balls, transferring them to a parchment paper-lined sheet tray as done.
Make an indentation in the middle of each cookie by pressing down with your thumb.
Spoon a bit of the fruit preserves into each indentation and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.
source: Whole Foods Market "Health Starts Here"
No cook time but need to chill for at least 1 hour