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A low-acid way to feed your sweet tooth

Oatmeal bites

If you are following a low-acid diet, you have probably been told to limit your sugar intake. Why you ask? Sugar is acid forming, which is why it is commonly used as a preserving agent in processed food. But what if you have a sweet tooth? This recipe from the Low Acid Yum blog provides a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without excess refined sugar. So next time you have a sugar craving after dinner try out these Apricot-Banana Oatmeal Bites.

 Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups oats (gluten-free if desired)
  • 1/2 cup nuts (I used pecans and almonds)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup dried Turkish apricots, chopped

Directions:

-Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and move the racks to the top and lower thirds of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

-In a food processor, pulse the oats and nuts until finely chopped.

-Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl until well combined.

-Scoop 1 heaping tablespoon of dough into your hand and roll it into a ball. Place it on the parchment paper and flatten slightly. Repeat with the remaining dough.

-Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Then switch the cookie sheets and bake for 13 to 15 more minutes, until the bites are golden brown and the air in the kitchen smells toasty.

-Move bites to a cooling rack. Once cooled, store in the fridge or freeze for later.