1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup brown rice flour, (or spelt flour)
1/2 cup millet flour, (or spelt flour)
1/4 cup ground flax seed
4 tablespoons tapioca flour
1/2 cup sesame seeds, ground
2 tablespoons whole sugar (e.g., Rapadura) (or Sucanat sugar or granulated sugar)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder, (double acting)
3 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil (or non-hydrogenated veg. shortening) (or walnut oil or canola oil)
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup fruit juice sweetened dried banana spears,
1/4 cup brown rice syrup
1/3 cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons walnut oil, refined, (or canola oil)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Put parchment paper down on a baking sheet (if you don't have parchment paper, you can oil your baking sheet).
Cookies can even stick a little to a non-stick baking sheet which messes up the cookies, so I greatly prefer parchment paper because it always makes for very easy removal.
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cut coconut oil (or shortening or oil) into flour mixture (using a fork and a knife). Mix in chopped walnuts and fruit juice sweetened dried banana spears that have been diced into raisin-sized pieces.
Blend wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture, and mix together. It may seem a bit dry at first, but once you get all the ingredients integrated, it will form a slightly sticky, shapable dough. (If other flours besides those being called for are used, additional flour may be needed to create a stiff enough dough. The dough is too wet if you can not form cookies with your hands.)
Form balls of dough and place on the cookie sheet (or sheets). They may be a bit crumbly, but should bake together nicely.
Bake for about 15-20 minutes. To prevent the bottoms of the cookies from burning, you may like to put an extra cookie sheet in the oven to protect the main cookie sheet from the oven heating element.
After removing cookies from oven, they will be quite soft. This is partially due to the fact that the brown rice syrup "melts" during baking. Let the cookies sit on the cookie sheet for 5 to 10 minutes to allow them to cool and firm up. They will then be much easier to remove from the sheet. If you wait too long before removing them from the sheet, it will be more difficult to get them off because the brown rice syrup will have hardened too much.
Cookies freeze very well.