Maple-Oat Cookies with Maple-Almond Butter Frosting

(Inspired by Whole Foods Market)

For the cookies:

1 cup rolled oats

scant 1/4 cup barley flour

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/4 cup applesauce

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

For the frosting:

2 T almond butter

1 tsp maple flavoring

1/4 cup powdered sugar

2-3 T soy milk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Toast the oats in a skillet over medium heat until aromatic and golden-brown. Place all cookie ingredients and the toasted oats in a medium bowl and stir to combine. Using a tablespoon, drop rounded balls onto a baking sheet and flatten to about a 1/2 inch thickness. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.

Meanwhile, combine the almond butter, half of the powdered sugar, and half of the milk. Stir to combine. Keep adding powdered sugar and milk until you reach the desired consistency. Frost cooled cookies and place in the refrigerator to help set the frosting (approximately 10 minutes). Remove from the refrigerator and dust with powdered sugar. 

Yield: 13 cookies