This is the first Nutty Friday post that isn’t exclusively nuts. This delicious recipe simply involves almonds as part of the recipe. These guilt free, raw vegan cookies might as well be called energy cookies. They contain both simple and complex carbohydrates, a most for any athlete. They would be great as a pre-run snack, or for sustained energy on a long hike or day of climbing.
This is probably my favorite “desert – snack” recipe. I originally made it with raisins, but I have a thing for baked oatmeal cranberry cookies, so thought I would give this a try. I hope you enjoy it as much as my fiancé and I do.
- 2 cups of oat grouts
- ¾ cup of dates (packed fairly tight and then processed into paste in a food processor)
- ½ cup of dried cranberries, chopped
- ½ cup of raw almonds, coarsely chopped (this can be done in a VitaMix or coffee grinder)
- 2 or 3 apples, coarsely grated. I recommend Gala or Honey Crisp apples
Place the grouts into a food processor or VitaMix and process until smooth. If using a blender, you may want to add some raw honey, agave, or maple syrup to help the dough turn over. Next, transfer the flowery mixture into a mixing bowl and add all other ingredients, and mix well.
After you have your mixture, shape into cookies and place on a mesh dehydrator sheet. Keeping your fingers wet while forming the cookies well make for easier handling of the batter. The batter should make about 12 cookies, depending on the size. After you finish placing the cookies on a dehydrator tray, dehydrate at 90 degrees until desired texture is achieved. Twelve hours is a good starting point.