Recipe from Israel: These Tu B'Shvat Cookies are Good for You

Parve and easy to make, this cookie recipe is from the chief nutritionist at Netanya's Laniado Hospital.

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Hila Boaz, Nutritionist,

INN Hebrew

"A land of wheat and barley, grapes and figs, pomegranates and olives and [date] honey," (Deuteronomy 8,8)


1/2 cup raisins (the grape is one of the seven fruits mentioned in the Torah as growing exceptionally well in Israel)

2 cups oats

1 cup sugar

1.5 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinammon

3/4 cup oil (canola is best)

2 eggs

12 coarsely chopped unroasted walnuts

1/2 cup tehina paste

1/2 cup honey

Mix all ingredients together to form dough. It will be sticky, so wet hands before forming pieces into flat round circles, bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Makes about 35 cookies.