FRIDAY YEAH YEAH!!!!
And for your Friday, I made these awesome little raw/ vegan/ gluten free cookies.
Now wait a minute. Don't let all the labels of what is not in these cookies scare you away. Just focus on all the stuff that these cookies are made of. Almonds, Cashews, Coconut, Cocoa, Oatmeal. They are cookies made with lots of good yummy stuff that just happened to be enjoyed by those with specific food diets as well as those who eat anything. A cookie for all! See, don't they sound excellent? Yes, yes they do. And they are good. So, so, good. Even the mr. is into them. And he is far from being raw/vegan/ gluten free.
And because these cookies are made with all sorts of good for you stuff (lots of proteins, good healthy fats, and complex carbs) you can pretty much feel zero percent guilt eating them. They a are a no joke, healthy, energy packed cookies of goodness. A fantastic way to start the morning, eat with lunch, as dessert, post work out, or eat as a late night snack. (Just don't eat them all at once)
Now go for it!
The raw stuff. A cup of old fashion rolled oat that have been soaking in water for about an hour. Almonds(which I spent 20 minutes deshelling) cashews, dehydrated coconut flakes, some cocoa powder and a few medjool date. If your nuts are unsalted, add a pinch of salt too.
Dump everything into a food processor. BUT WAIT! Make sure to remove the pits from the dates)I have broken a blade in the past form a date pit)
Blend unit combined and a kind of rough dough is formed. It will be a little sticky. If it;s to sticky to handle, place into the fridge for a few minutes to set up.
Now take blobs of mixture and roll into balls
And you could totally leave them as balls… you can even play with your balls….
But I think they look nicer squished flat and topped with pieces of nuts and coconut. They look almost fancy, if I do say so myself.
Now have yourself a cookie, and place the rest in the fridge (they get harder and, if you can imagine, taste even better after a few hours of cold)
Freak Yeah FRIDAY! Do fu stuff!
Raw Oatmeal Chocolate Nut Cookies
Makes 15 normal sized cookies (you can make more or less, depending on the ball size)
- 1 cups oat fashion oats soaked in 1 cup water for at least an hour (use gluten free oats if needed)
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 5-6 medjool dates
- 1/2 cup dehydrated flaked coconut
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- a pinch of salt (if your nuts are unsalted)
Add all the ingredients into a food processer and blend until the mixer forms a cohesive dough. It;s going to be a tad sticky, but if it seems to sticky to handle, refrigerate for a little bit so it's easier to handle. (I have no problem handling right away)
Scoop and roll into balls and either leave them as is or squish them flat. Sprinkle with chopped nuts and coconut
Eat one or two right away, then stick the rest in fridge.
A ok to eat as breakfast, with lunch, at dinner, as as snack, a post workout protein, or when sitting on the couch and watching TV.