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Cookies for Cancer Survivors

For those who have survived cancer, finding foods they can eat and also enjoy might not be as easy as it once was. But thanks to Rebecca Katz, author and founder of Inner Cook, a culinary business focused on teaching individuals and communities how to make healthy connections with food, finding delicious foods cancer survivors can enjoy is now easier.

In her book, "One Bite at a Time" (Celestial Arts), Katz offers up a host of nourishing recipes for cancer survivors and their friends. Some, like the following recipe for "Legal Cookies," might even raise an eyebrow. Healthy and delicious, these cookies replace sugar with Grade B organic maple syrup and spices, making them ideal for cancer survivors who still love their snacks.

Legal Cookies

Makes 24 cookies

1 cup organic raw almonds

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup organic, unbleached all-purpose or spelt flour

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon grated fresh ginger, or 1/8 teaspoon powdered ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 cup safflower oil

1/2 cup Grade B organic maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Jam, for filling

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, grind the almonds into coarse flour, about 2 minutes. Add the oats, flour, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, and salt and process for another minute.

Add the oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Continue to process until well combined. The dough will quickly form into a ball. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for 15 minutes.

Form 1 tablespoon of dough into a ball, place on the prepared baking sheet and make a thumb imprint in the center of each cookie. Fill with your favorite organic jam. Place the cookies on a baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake for about 15 minutes; the cookies are done when the bottoms are browned.