The Sweetest Crumb

Healthy Raw Cookies – Yay or Nay?

It’s time to confess…. up until now I have been a raw cookie virgin! While I never made them myself, I have seen more and more of them around – “raw” cookies… healthy cookies… gluten free and vegan cookies. I am generally of the standpoint that if you eat a healthy diet and make time for exercise, you shouldn’t have to feel guilty when you have the occasional cookie, cupcake or pie (well maybe if you eat the whole pie you can feel a bit guilty). I think everything should be enjoyed in moderation and that cookies don’t need to be healthified in order to be enjoyed guilt-free. Having said that, I am completely for incorporating healthy choices into my daily life, especially when they are delicious, which bring me to my first batch of raw cookies!

When I saw this recipe on Sprouted Kitchen I couldn’t help but think all the ingredients sounded delicious and these cookies would make a great, healthy snack. There is no flour, eggs, butter or sugar in these guys and no baking is required! They are gluten free and vegan-friendly.

First you get your ingredients assembled:

I made sure to add 1/4 cup of cocoa nibs (which can be purchased from Duchess Provisions in Edmonton) to make the cookies chocolatey and delicious. If you don’t have cocoa nibs available, you can use finely chopped, good quality chocolate.

Then you use a food processor to grind your almonds.

Combine the rest of your ingredients and food process until an even consistency and colour.

I found that my batter was very dry so it’s a good idea to add a bit more peanut butter or even some water to make the batter easy to work with. Your dough should be of a consistency that sticks between your fingers and can be rolled into balls. Scoop batter one tablespoon at a time, roll into a smooth ball and flatten with a fork.

So I’m sure you’re wondering what I think after making my first batch of raw cookies. Well what I did like was that they were so simple to put together and obviously full of healthy goodness. What I didn’t like is that they were surprisingly overly sweet for my tastes (I would add less honey next time). Also, for anyone who hasn’t tired raw cookies before, be warned, the texture is obviously going to be a bit different from what you’re used to with typical, “from-your-oven” cookies.

Overall, I don’t by any means intend for these cookies to replace the spot I have reserved in my heart (and stomach)  for good old buttery, sugary baking. However, I love the idea of making raw cookies as a healthy snack. I am definitely going to keep an eye out for more raw cookie recipes to try. Does anyone have any they love and want to share? I’d love to try them out!

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