Raw Cacao Cookies

From Raw Nutrition by Karyn Mitchell, ND, PhD ($18.95, Basic Health Publications, 2012)

15 minutes prep time + 4 hours soaking time  |   Makes 40 small cookies

What You Need

  • 1 c pecans or almonds or sunflower seeds, soaked 4 hours
  • 8 to 10 dates, soaked 1 to 4 hours
  • 2 c walnuts
  • 1/2 c cacao nibs, optional

What You Do

  1. Drain pecans and dates.
  2. Blend all ingredients except cacao nibs in a food processor with an S-blade just until crumbly.
  3. Stir in cacao nibs, if using.
  4. Take a tablespoon of mixture and roll into a small ball. You may flatten this to make it more cookie-like. Refrigerate. These cookies keep well for a long time. (Do not eat more than two at a time because they may cause blood sugar or pH issues.)

Variation: Add 2 teaspoons vanilla or almond extract, a pinch of sea salt, 1/2 cup grated coconut, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, or 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. Half a cup of raisins or 1/4 cup agave nectar may be added, if you want a sweeter cookie.