Recipe Directions

  • 1. Process almonds and cashews in a food processor until they (almost) resemble flour. Add dates, agave nectar, coconut oil and vanilla. Process until well mixed and doughlike.
  • 2. Add the cocoa powder and sea salt and process again.
  • 3. Form into cookies. You can refrigerate and eat as is, or dehydrate them for a few hours for a warm, gooey fudgy experience!

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

These are the best raw chocolate cookies that I've ever had. It's a bit touch and go whether they even need to be dehydrated at all, since the batter is quite dry and conceivably you can form them into cookies and eat as is or refrigerate so that they firm up even more. But when dehydrated for a few hours they get gooey and warm and they're so good! They will never get crispy though (due to the coconut oil), so if dehydrating don't bother dehydrating for more than a few hours.

This recipe does require a number of ingredients, unlike this simple lemon cookie recipe. But the flavor is worth it, because sometimes you just need that chocolatey fix.

I especially recommend eating these cookies warm. The insides are gooey and fudgey while the outside is kind of crispy. It's a perfect fix if you're missing the comfort and flavour of fresh-baked cookies!

If you're looking to really replicate a delicious, fatty-tasting cookie, make sure to add the coconut oil. It really makes or breaks these raw chocolate fudge cookies.

Nutrition Facts

Nutritional score: 86 out of 100
  • This recipe is very low in Calories, Carbohydrates, and Sodium.
  • This recipe is low in Fat.
  • This recipe is a noteworthy source of Protein, Dietary Fiber, Iron, Riboflavin, and Vitamin E.

Amounts per 43 g (2 oz) suggested serving

NameAmount% Daily
Calories 196 8 %
Protein 6 g 10 %
Fat 13 g 16 %
Carbohydrates 18 g 5 %
Dietary Fiber 3 g 11 %
Sugars 10 g
Calcium 40 mg 4 %
Iron 1.9 mg 14 %
Sodium 13 mg 1 %
Source: The Rawtarian, USDA

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Hi Laura-Jane,
I have a question about dehydrating time (process).
I just got a sedona dehydrator and tried making your chocolate and also your raw lemon cookie recipe. My first two attempts at dehydrating.
Chocolate cookies first: I initially set the dehydrator to 144 and after one hour I lowered it to 114 for another 8 hours. When I checked them after a total of 9 hr, they were still really, really soft. They did lose some moisture, for sure, but not nearly enough, I thought. They were just slightly drier than the dough I started with. I continued at 115 for another 3 hours and didn't see any change, so I dehydrated for another 5 hours and after that I decided to check the air temperature with a thermometer thinking that something was wrong with the dehydrator. The thermometer was reading some 14 degrees lower than the set temperature, so I raised it to compensate for that and continued for another 10 hours. After this they were definitely drier but nowhere near crispy, which was my goal.
I was getting tired of this so I removed a half of the batch. I left the other half to dehydrate some more as I was just starting the lemon cookies.
I set the temperature to 114 again, thinking that maybe there should be a difference between the air, the food, the machine setting, blah, blah... and went on to dehydrate for 10 hours (overnight). The lemon cookies were on the teflex sheets, so in the morning I flipped them. They were completely raw on the teflex side, so I realized I probably should have flipped them sooner. Anyway, I removed them from the teflex at this point and put them straight on the drying racks. I dehydrated for another 12 hr and they dried up slightly on the outside- just enough so they're not sticky, but the inside is still clearly raw. You can see the difference in color and texture. Overall, they very much resemble raw cookie dough.
I got really tired of this dehydrating business. I removed everything from the dehydrator and will eat everything the way it is (by myself :))
The lemon cookies taste GREAT, but the consistency is totally not worth the dehydrating time. If this is the best my dehydrator can do, next time I'll just eat the batter raw, it will make great truffles.
The chocolate cookies after that last 12 hour push came out just not good at all. Oh, I'll eat them with no problem, I just wouldn't bother dehydrating them again. The taste is still good, but now they're chewy, almost resembling fruit leather, just not as tough. They are not cookie like at all.
I'm sorry for the longest post, but I am just so frustrated and I really hope you can help. What am I doing wrong? Can these cookies ever be crispy?
I forgot to mention the chocolate ones were also on the teflex sheets for the first 9 hours and then moved to the drying racks. Both chocolate and lemon I made about 1.5-2in in diameter and not more than 1/4in thick.
Also, where I live, the humidity is around below 60% these days, so not very humid...
Please, I would so appreciate any advice you might have! I need to test out this dehydrator and see if I should keep it or if I should ship it back!
Thank you so much!!!
Melissa

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Hi Melissa, some recipes will never really get "crispy." (especially these cookies).  I find cookies are not the best thing to dehydrate. As you mentioned, it takes a long time and the texture doesn't change that much.

I implore you to try crackers, they are way more worth the effort. For example, try these - they are hard to screw up and they taste really good. https://www.therawtarian.com/raw-flax-cracker-recipe  They will never get truly "crispy" flaky, but they will get crackerish.

Hope this helps somewhat!

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Hi, I made these yesterday and loved the thought of having a not so naughty treat, even took them to work and shared...it is unanimous delicious. Thank you :)

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Marianne, unanimously delicious is the best we can hope for around here! So glad you enjoyed :)

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Batter is really nice and taste so bad but what is dehydrating? Is it just baking them. 10hrs seems a very long time and what temperature. Is this a silly question?

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Hi Jodi, dehydrating is using a special appliance (dehydrator) that heats the air and mimics the drying action of the sun. Examples:

Best dehydrator is 9-tray excalibur, hands down. But... it is expensive! http://tinyurl.com/ah6o3qt

You can also get a Vegikiln - they are cheaper, white, not as "reputable" but they get the job done: http://tinyurl.com/avb59e3

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Hi there,can I ask, how many does this make and what size should they be moulded into for optimal drying? Cheers!

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Hi Jesse, I like to make them quite small - about the width of a quarter and about 1/4 to a 1/2 inch thick (as seen in the pic). As for how many.... at that size maybe around 25?

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These look amazing! Could I use date syrup in place of agave?

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Hi Carly, I have never heard of date syrup. Do you mean date paste (dates + water - blended)? If yes, then I think that would work - it will alter the flavor but  will probably still taste nice and will dehydrate ok :)

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Hi

Thank you for posting all these great recipes. How long do you think these cookies (and raw cookies in general) can last in the fridge? Do you think storing in the freezer would work as well? Thanks!

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Hi Cynthia, I often freeze raw cookies.   Lasting in the fridge? Probably up to 4-5 days

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Hi! I JUST made these. Only, since I just ground up a bunch of raw (unsoaked) almonds (I use a Krups coffee grinder..works great!), I just used them instead of using soaked almonds overnight. Also, I never use a food processor. I just baked some great (not raw) almond crackers (baked) so used the almond flour I'd made. The dough looks great, and I mad the cookies and put them in my dehydrator. Since I can't find the silicon tray (for fruit leather, jerky, etc.) that came with mine years ago, I just used some waxed paper cut to size, leaving the center out for airflow. Left an empty tray below and on top for better warm air circulation. These look great! I used psyllium (2 t in my case) and flaxseed (2 T), butter (was out of coconut oil) and used maple syrup (I know it's not raw, but we have plenty, and I was out of honey). The 1/2 cup of cocoa seemed like a lot, but it sure tastes yummy raw. I also added organic orange zest....LOTS...b/c I always zest & freeze my citrus before eating it. Smell so yummy, and I can't wait to try our new treat! I'm starting off on high (155 F) heat and will turn it down to 110 after about an hour. Many thanks! I know I made your recipe non-vegan and non-raw, but I've been so anxious to try your dehydrator cookies. I couldn't decide between lemon and chocolate, so I decided to use your chocolate with my orange zest! Thank you thank you thank you!

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Hi Missy,  sounds like they worked out fabulously for you with your regular food substitutions :) Butter etc is not raw, but nice to see you exploring, creating and substituting to make it work!

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Could these be baked conventionally like non-raw cookies? If so, any guesses on time and oven temp?

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Hi Jill, they are not meant to be cooked. Try a non-dehydratred recipe instead, like my raw brownie recipe or my raw macaroons instead :)

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Hi Laura, just wondering how these will affect my weight loss (will I gain weight) are they really fatty? Just yeah I am kind of freaking out about it cause I don't want to wake up with that extra 2kg back onto my stomach again haha
Cheers c: xx

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Hi Vanessa, Everything in moderation :) Plus, a lot of raw is about all the things that you do not eat when you are only eating raw foods - no potato chips, no bigs bags of cookies, etc etc.

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Look yummy! Any alternatives to cashew nuts for this recipe?

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Hi Newbie, you could use macadamia nuts or pine nuts instead of the cashews in this recipe. Also, you might find this podcast helpful:  https://www.therawtarian.com/rfp05-nut-substitutions

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These are great. We loved them! They almost taste like chocolate brownies. It's nice knowing I'm doing good for my body! :)

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Karen :)

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