If there is one thing that many raw vegan dieters miss, it’s cookies. Yes, we all know that cookies are unhealthy and can be fattening too, but that doesn’t stop us from craving them. Is there anything better than relaxing with a good book and a plate of cookies?
The good news is that there are raw vegan cookies available. You’ll have to make your own but, with these delicious recipes, your efforts will be well rewarded.
1. Raw vegan chocolate chip cookies – makes eight
These cookies are very easy to make and have a lovely moist, crumbly texture. They probably won’t survive dunking into a warm drink, but they are the perfect accompaniment for one. As well as tasting great, these cookies are packed with healthy raw vegan ingredients. In fact, they taste so good that you won’t even miss regular cookies.
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1 cup almond meal
- ¼ cup cacao nibs or raw, dark chocolate chips
- 5 fresh Medjool dates, or soaked for 30 minutes if dried
- ½ vanilla bean or ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
1. Put all the ingredients apart from the cocoa nibs/chocolate chips in a food processor and blend until all the ingredients are combined and the mixture resembles cookie dough.
2. Mix in the cocoa nibs/chocolate chips by hand
3. Divide the dough into eight balls and then flatten in your hands to make eight uniform cookies. Alternatively, use a medium-sized cookie cutter. Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
4. Freeze for 20-30 minutes to set and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator
2. Raw peanut butter cookies – makes 20
A lot of peanut butters are made from roasted nuts. That means that, while they are vegan, they aren’t raw. Make sure you shop around to find raw peanut butter for this recipe or, if you’ve got the time, you make your own by processing raw peanuts with just a little peanut oil and sea salt. Wherever you get your peanut butter from, you’re going to love these tasty, chewy, moist cookies. Not a peanut butter fan? Feel free to use your favorite nut butter instead.
- ½ cup almond flour
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- ¼ cup raw, unsweetened peanut butter
- ¼ cup raw almond milk
- 2 tablespoons of raw sweetener, such as maple syrup (optional)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
1. Sift the almond and coconut flour into a bowl to make sure it’s free from lumps.
2. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.
3. Put the bowl in the fridge for 1-2 hours to firm up the dough.
4. Separate the mixture into 20 tablespoon-sized balls. Place them on a baking tray lined with parchment and press them down with a spoon to form cookies. They should be about ½ inch thick.
5. Sprinkle the cookies with a little sea salt and then place in a dehydrator for 12-16 hours. No dehydrator? Just place the cookies in an oven set to 100 degrees Fahrenheit or about 45 degrees centigrade for one hour to drive out the excess moisture without cooking the cookies.
3. Raw vegan tahini, oatmeal, and raisin cookies – makes 16
Tahini might sound like an odd ingredient for cookies, but it really works well. Tahini is a Middle Eastern condiment that is made from sesame seeds that have been pounded until they form a smooth paste. You can buy tahini, but it’s very easy to make yourself. Along with tahini, these cookies contain some great tasting, healthy ingredients. Naturally sweet, even kids will love these cookies.
- 7 ounces tahini
- 5 ounces raisins
- 2 ½ cups rolled oats
- 1 ¾ ounces shredded coconut
- Pinch of sea salt
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 tablespoons water
- 1 ounce pumpkin seeds
1. In a food processor, mix together the tahini, oats, coconut, sea salt, cinnamon, and vanilla. Process until the ingredients resemble breadcrumbs.
2. Add a little water and mix until the dough sticks together.
3. Stir in the raisins by hand to keep them whole.
4. Remove the dough from the food processor and divide into 16 evenly sized balls. Leave as balls or press them down to make small cookies.
5. Top each one with a few pumpkin seeds.
6. Refrigerate for one hour before eating.
Got a craving for cookies? You probably aren’t alone. Don’t give in to temptation and eat something unhealthy. While you might enjoy the taste, you won’t enjoy feeling unwell afterward. Instead, follow one of these recipes and make yourself a batch of raw vegan cookies. Not only will you enjoy how they taste, but you’ll also love how healthy they are.