I know that some of you are still trying to figure out what all of this “raw food” hoopla is. And I am aware that I ramble along like an old truck bumping along a dirt road, bouncing from here to there with information and ideas. Just hang on, cause as my son likes to say, “Oh boy, here we go again!”
Cookies. Raw food. What? Yes, you can have healthy cookies. Like I said before, toss the whites (flour, sugar, butter), now make some good-for-you cookies! But how do we do that without the ingredients formerly known to mankind as the only cookie ingredients? Ahaa, make a raw food version!
This recipe idea came from the wonderfully simple food preparation book entitled “Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People” by Jennifer Cornbleet. This is the book to buy if you are looking for one with easy recipes. And like the title says, it is sized down to small portions. And the ingredients are common, unlike some raw food preparation books that leave you with a shopping list to fill in Portland or your regional metropolis.
Anyway, back to the cookies. I liken these to a raisin cookie at Grannie’s house. Of course I didn’t have the right flavored extract, but I am sure that my recipe modifications (maple substitution and additions) helped make the cookies so tasty!
1/2 cup raw almond, UNsoaked
1/4 cup raw walnuts, UNsoaked
1/2 cup pitted dates, UNsoaked
1/4 teaspoon maple extract
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 tablespoon PURE maple syrup
1/4 cup ground almonds
Place nuts and salt in the food processor outfitted with the “S” blade. Process until coarsely chopped. Add the dates, maple extract and maple syrup. Zip, zip the processor until it sticks together. When you can pinch some of the mixture and it stays together, stop processing. Now add the raisins and give it another whirl to mix.
Dump into a bowl.
Take about 1/2 cup almonds and put them into the processor. Now let it run until you have a finely ground almond meal. Place into its own bowl.
Take about 1 TBSP of cookie mixture and roll into a ball. Flatten into a cookie shape.
Dredge it in the almond meal, covering both sides.
Place in airtight container and store in fridge or freezer.
Eat a couple now… And when you need a cookie, pop one of these babies into your mouth. Yumm! I reckon that warming them up a tad in the food dehydrator (not more than 105 degrees) would be quite lovely too.
* oh yeah, please buy organic, pure extracts for your culinary needs
* and the pure maple syrup is NOT the kind that comes in a little bottle with a griddle on the label or in the jar shaped like an old lady! pure maple syrup folks!
* I put “UN soaked” by the nuts because many recipes require the nuts be soaked prior to use
We had so much fun making these. Of course this is a small recipe so after you make one batch and see how yummy for your tummy they are, you will want to make a double batch next time!