As winter approaches, I am becoming less strict about my adherence to a raw diet. However, I have found I prefer many raw recipes to their unraw counterparts—I am maintaining my switch to cashew yogurt and nut milk, and zucchini hummus is just so delicious, and much easier to make than chickpea hummus. I really did miss tea, though.
The criteria I use for choosing a recipe has also changed. If I had read the recipe I'm sharing today even a few months ago, I would have skipped over it, mostly because of the ingredients list. Mesquite powder and maca powder were definitely not in my cupboards at Christmas, and hazelnut pulp only entered my life with my recent switch to nut milks. Now, this is a recipe I make often, because the cookies are delicious, the process is simple and these are ingredients I always have in my cupboards.
What I find most difficult is dealing with the foods that I find particularly healthful and delicious, but are definitely not local—cacao and coconut products, for example. But, until I figure all this out, I'm going to keep making these cookies.
Raw Hazelnut & Cacao Nib Refrigerator Cookies
(adapted from Golubka)
- 100 grams hazelnut flour or pulp leftover from Hazelnut Milk (dehydrated and ground fine)
- 80 grams honey
- 25 grams coconut oil
- 30 grams coconut butter
- 30 grams mesquite powder
- 18 grams maca powder
- 115 grams plump Medjool dates, chopped
- 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
- a handful of cacao nibs, or as many as you want
1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until a clumpy dough forms. Depending on the texture of your dates, you may have to add a tablespoon or so of water to achieve the proper consistency—it should hold its shape when you squeeze a bit in a fist.
2. Mix in desired amount of cacao nibs by hand and roll dough into 2-3 logs.
3. Wrap and place in the refrigerator. Chill thoroughly.
4. Slice and serve straight from the fridge.
Along with eating cookies, James and I have been working on making our apartment ours. We spent last weekend painting our kitchen table and chairs. I wasn't sure at first, but I'm really happy with how it turned out.