Almond, Date, Cranberry and Lime “No-Bake” Cookies are a real treat!
They are a “no-bake” cookie which puts them in the raw category; they are no sugar, eggs or butter so they also fall into the vegan category. With all natural ingredients so they also fall into the healthy foods and nutritious category.
Personally, my favorite category for these morsels: Delicious!
Keep in mind some people might be put off thinking they are eating a raw cookie. So change the language and present these delicious morsels.
NOTE: Don’t fall prey to marketing ploys and think that because the label claims “healthy, all-natural or nutritious” does not mean low in calories! Learn to read a nutrition label and compare information.
Here’s the recipe for the cookies. It’s pretty much put it all in a food processor and pulse until a dough forms. Have fun!
Almond, Date, Cranberry and Lime “No-Bake” Cookies
- 1/2 cup pitted Medjool Dates
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup crunchy almond butter
- 1 generous Tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
- Zest and juice from 1 lime
- Pinch of Sea Salt
Place all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until a dough forms. Leave some nuts chunky for a cookie that has some crunch.
Taste the dough and see if it need adjustment: a bit more salt? More vanilla or lime?
Form the dough into about 18 balls. Place the balls on a cookie sheet. Flatten each cookie with a fork.
The texture is kinda like fudge but in a much better way. If you leave some nuts slightly chunky, your cookie can have a crunchy texture too, but if you want a smooth cookie, pulse until smooth.
You can choose to roll the cookies in coconut, chopped nuts or cocoa with a dash if cinnamon if desired. Use peanut butter, cashew or almond butter with cocoa in it. I guess in a pinch you could use Nutella but the point here is to avoid added sugar and processed foods in delicious ways.
(OK, so now I have to make another batch using the cocoa!!!)
Most people would never realize these are considered “raw food” but they are.
These certainly aren’t low in calories but the sure supply great nutrients: Potassium, fiber, iron, B-6 and magnesium and vitamin E.
Just a note, you can leave the coconut oil out but it adds so much, I would use it.
Oh, and don’t bake these beauties for any reason! If you try, all that will happen is the oils from the nuts will leak out and leave you with a rather unpleasant mess. So if you want a baked cookie recipe, use another recipe, not this one.
Hopefully you make your own vanilla extract, if not, go get ya some vanilla beans and some 100 proof vodka and make some!
Click this link: Perpetual Vanilla Extract
Please make a batch of these and let me know how you like them and how they go over with friend and family.