Living gluten-free, vegan chocolate chip cookies

Yep, that’s right! These are RAW, gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, sugar-free and packed full of childhood memories!
Home made chocolate chip cookies have to be one of the most popular childhood cookie treats. I can remember the days when as kids we would try to sneak into the kitchen and steal a chocolate chip cookie. I swear my father could hear the lid on the cookie jar from all the way across the house! Those were his favorite cookies too, after all!


Melting chocolate chips, MMM!

Living Raw Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 C. ground Almonds or Cashews (I use half almond pulp from nut milk and half ground cashews)
1/4 to 1/3 C. Coconut Oil, softened
1/3 C. Agave nectar
4 Medjool dates, made into date paste using coconut water or filtered water
2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
1 Tablespoon Coconut Butter, melted
1 Tablespoon Maca powder
hand-full of cacao nibs or chocolate chunks (*make your own chocolate chunks, see below)
(optional) chopped walnuts, pecans or hazelnuts
HINT: if you want a chewier, more ‘baked’ texture you can add ground oat groat flour to your recipe. Just add as you mix until you achieve the desired consistency.

In food processor fitted with ‘S’ blade mix all ingredients except chocolate (or cacao nibs) and walnuts.
If you do not have a food processor just mix in a large bowl making sure that all ingredients get well blended.
Add chocolate chunks and walnuts or pecans.
Drop by spoonfulls onto Teflex sheet. Dehydrate at 105 degrees 4-6 hours or until you get desired texture. If you allow them to stay in a bit longer you can get a “cooked” texture, crispy on the outside and soft, chewy in the center.
Somehow I seem to be able to eat them before they even get dehydrated… cookie dough anyone? πŸ˜‰

*Quick and easy Chocolate Chunks (raw, living chocolate!)
Equal parts melted coconut oil and cacao powder, add agave to taste and a pinch of sea salt. You can also use carob powder. Whisk together, pour mixture into a flat dish and chill in freezer until hardened. You can break or chop hardened chocolate into chunks. Be careful, this could become habit forming!

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6 Comments

  1. January 6, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    This is RAWsome, Renee! Can’t wait to try ’em – you’re the bestest!!!!

    Hugs,
    Michele

    • bellinanina said,

      January 16, 2010 at 7:08 pm

      Thank you Michele! I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you do any variations! πŸ™‚

      • January 16, 2010 at 7:10 pm

        You’re welcome! I’ll let you know. Just haven’t had time yet to be creative with raw foods – now I’m making videos! LOL

        Hugs,
        Michele

  2. andrea said,

    January 6, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Hello, what can i use instead of medjool and can you please tell me what maca powder is? (new at raw but GF CF SF for my daughter).
    thanks, Andrea

    • bellinanina said,

      January 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm

      I enjoy the dates because of the caramel-ish flavor they give. You could use Turkish apricots, raisins (I soak them first to soften), even other dried fruit would be great! Yakon syrup works great! It gives a substitute for the deep rich flavor such as molasses or brown sugar.
      Maca powder provides a nice almost ‘malt’ like flavor. The powder is made from the root of the plant. It is said to be beneficial in SO many ways! * Increases energy and endurance, stamina, helps alleviate chronic exhaustion (fatigue) balances and helps to regulate hormones, aids in alleviating depression- gives a sense of well being, reduces anxiety and stress, enhances memory, learning, and mental ability. Good for healthy teeth and bones, acts as a fungistatic and bacteriostatic, anticarcinogen and antioxidant, Is an alternative to anabolic steroids, helps to build muscle, is non addictive.
      Overall, I love the malt flavor and richness it gives to my recipes, even smoothies and cereals. Try it in chocolate! πŸ™‚
      You can find many resources if you google search for Maca or Maca root, Peruvian Maca Powder.
      *claims made from a Peruvian Maca company.

  3. Garrett said,

    October 21, 2010 at 3:17 am

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    Yes! And I AM very interested in connecting with you about more Raw Living Gluten-free food. πŸ™‚

    YUMMMMMM!!!


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