Friday, July 27, 2012

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have fallen in love with raw desserts. Healthy, easy, tasty, and no heating of your oven required! This is one of many raw desserts I will post.  All ingredients are mixed in their raw form, only natural sugars are used (no processed/added sugar), and they are chock full of healthy vitamins, proteins, and antioxidants (as found in raw cacao powder/nibs). Here is to taking back dessert and making it nutritious without sacrificing deliciousness!

1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raw cashews
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins
2 tablespoons raw agave nectar
1/2 cup raw cacao nibs (or vegan chocolate chips)

Combine almonds and cashews in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until it resembles a course meal. Add in the cinnamon, raisins, and agave nectar. Blend until thick and gooey. It should form a sticky ball. If it is too wet or sticky, try adding some whole wheat flower. And if it is too crumbly, try adding a teaspoon of water at a time. Turn mixture out into a large mixing bowl and add the raw cacao nibs (or vegan chocolate chips). Use your hands to incorporate the chips into the mixture. Then, form the batter into balls (I use a cookie scoop to measure and form them easily), and place them on a plate. Freeze for at least 15 minutes, then flatten the balls with either the palm of your hand or the bottom of a glass. Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week - but I guarantee they won't last that long!

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