Well now. Isn’t that a great SEO title? But I guess I just kind of blew it with the first sentence. Oh well.
Anyway, it is true. These are great Raw Cookie Recipes. At least, I hope they are raw. I really tried to do my research on this. I did have a great version of my Ginger Cake Cookie recipe, but then I found out molasses is about as un-raw as you can get without actually deep frying. Whoops!
But I am super-new to the “raw” movement. I should say I am dipping a toe in the “raw” food movement. After the great success of the smoothie event in January, we thought it would be fabulous to try another event along the same lines. Come up with some great recipes. Healthier recipes. Healthier ideas. You know. Someone thought, “Hey! What about Raw?”
So, Brittany, over at Real Sustenance grabbed the reins and ran with it. April in the Raw was born. Oooo. Nice little pun. Get it? Anyway, I was all like, “Yeah! Great idea. I can’t wait to come up with something fabulous. Because that’s what I do. All the time. Raw recipes. That’s my thing. That’s my gig. That’s me. Raw girl! Rrrrrrrrr.”
Wait! What the H-E- double hockey sticks was I thinking? I eat raw vegetables and fruit, but other than that, I throw just about everything over an open flame, if I can. And, sometimes vegetables and fruit, too. I don’t know the first thing about raw. I went to a “raw” restaurant once that a friend of mine was working at, at the time. (And by “at the time,” I mean this person was working there at the time, and they were a friend of mine at the time. Not so much on either count anymore. But that is ok with me. Back to the story.) I looked at the menu and saw a lot of interesting stuff, if they could just throw it in the oven for an hour or so. They didn’t like my suggestion.
But, since we have been eating healthier and healthier, I wanted to really give this raw thing a shot. And, as I looked at a lot of recipes on line to get inspiration, I saw a lot of ingredients I like. Most of the cookies and cakes use nut flours and meals. Well, I use that a lot already. I LOVE my almond flour. (Yes, if I wasn’t married already, I would marry it.) Lots of mousses and such use avocados. I already tried Sea’s (from The Book of Yum) chocolate mousse made with avocados. I was in heaven. So, it wouldn’t be so bad.
I thought and thought and thought about it. (We’ve been reading a lot of Winnie-the-Pooh lately.) Try cookies! Find cookie flavors I love and make them into raw cookie recipes. I can use pretty much the recipes I already use. (Make sure to remember to take out the eggs. Ooooo. Salmonella poisoning = BAD!) And keep at it until I get the consistency right. It took a couple of tries, but I did it.
So, you are getting my version of two of my favorite flavor of cookies. Chocolate Mint and Chocolate “Peanut Butter”. (It’s really Sunbutter.) I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
And, for more great “raw” recipes from this fabulous April in the Raw event, go to Real Sustenance to check out the round-ups by Brittany. Lots of great recipes. I already have favorites that I am going to try, but I don’t want to “play” favorites among my friends, so you will have to go and check them all out for yourself. Please go look. I mean, a healthy way to get the tastes you love and feel like you are indulging in something bad. What’s better than that?
Raw Cookie Recipes
- 2½ cups Almond Flour
- ½ cup Raw Cacao
- ½ cup Raw Agave
- ⅓ cup Sunbutter
- Combine 2 cups of almond flour, ½ cup raw cacao, and ½ cup raw agave nectar until mixed well.
- Place the other ½ cup of almond flour on a plate. Spread it out a bit.
- Make small balls (about ¾ of an inch in diameter) out of the cookie mixture.
- Roll them in the almond flour so it gets a light dusting.
- Place them on parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
- Press your thumb into each ball to get a little divot.
- Spoon a little bit of sunbutter into each divot to fill. You will probably have sunbutter left over. I didn't really measure. I just filled it with a spoon from the jar.
- Place the cookie sheet into the refrigerator for at least a ½ an hour.
- I’m new to this whole “raw” food thing. So, if I messed up something with it not fitting into the “raw” guidelines exactly, please forgive me. I tried. I did use chocolate chips instead of raw cacao nibs because I couldn’t find raw cacao nibs at my store. I tried. But no where. So, I used what I had. They are still really good. And really easy. Even the Little Man likes the Chocolate Mint Balls (*giggle*). He was just grabbing them out of the refrigerator.
- And the light dusting of almond flour is so they won’t stick. My first attempt had them sticking to everything. Yuck!
- I used my stand mixer and a silicone spatula. It worked the best for the sticking issue for mixing and making balls. Just a hint.
Until later, here’s to…Living Better, Easily!™