Overview

These raw lemon cookies are delightfully simple. They only contain four ingredients: cashews, unsweetened coconut, a lemon, and a sweetener like agave nectar or maple syrup. A dehydrator is required.
  • Prep Time

    5 min
  • Total Time

    8 hours 5 min
  • Suggested Servings

    12 servings
  • Yield

    12 small cookies
  • Shelf Life

    5 days in fridge
  • Equipment

Ingredients

Nutrition Facts

Directions

  • 1. Process the cashews in a food processer until they resemble coarse flour.
  • 2. Add the coconut and process again until very well mixed.
  • 3. Add the lemon and the sweetener. Process again until resembling dough. (If it's a bit too wet, add more coconut. If it's a bit dry, add a tiny bit of water.)
  • 4. Shape into cookies and dehydrate for 8 hours for a nice, moist cookie. Eat right away and refrigerate leftovers. Dehydrate for longer if you want to store them for a longer shelf life.

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

Raw lemon cookie recipes were on the top of my list of recipes to make when I recently received my new dehydrator.

Once again, this is a delightfully simple recipe that only contains four ingredients: cashews,  unsweetened coconut, a lemon, and a sweetener like maple syrup or agave nectar.  (Do not use honey since it doesn't dehydrate.)

These cookies have a sweet, simple, creamy flavour and you'll be amazed at how much lemon flavour comes from just one lemon. This is a small recipe, which is perfect for sampling. Try a small batch and see how you like these raw lemon coconut cookies.

Note: this batter is very moist, so you definitely have to dehydrate these little guys!

I love their simple, satisfying sweet lemony flavour.

Nutrition Overview

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  • This recipe is very low in Calories, Carbohydrates, and Sodium.
  • This recipe is low in Fat.

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Just made a batch and ate half right there, but shaped the rest into heart shapes and they are in the dehydrator. Thank you!
I do have a question though - is there an easy way to shape these?

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Hi Julie, try making my lemon bars instead  - a dehydrator is not required. Best to buy one online - in the US and Canada, Excalibur is the best brand.

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 Danielle! Generally the ideal low temp is between 105 and 110 degrees F.

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fabnoble's Review

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I just made these for my children and they ADORE THEM!!! Thank you for such a quick and easy recipe that's healthy and delicious:)

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That's wonderful, Fab! Great to find healthy treats for your kids!

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Could you do this with almond pulp instead of cashews?

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I wouldn't recommend it, Heidi, but you could try my Almond Pulp cookies instead! :)
https://www.therawtarian.com/easy-almond-pulp-cookies

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I made these overnight last night!! I changed it up a bit because I had only half a cup of cashews, I did the other half almond meal, and I added poppy-seeds to make lemon poppy!

Also- my dehydrator book recommends against cooking nuts higher than 105degrees, lest they get rancid. I'm sure its fine, but I was nervous so i did 5 1/2 hours at 105 and they came out AMAZING. Slightly crispy on outside, moist center, lemony goodness!

So yummy I'm going to make again and try all kinds of variations with flavors!

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Hi Julia! Lemon poppy sounds totally tasty. I'm glad your cookies turned out for you! :)

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This may seem like a silly question, but I wanted to ask if I can put them in the oven, and if so at what temperature and for how long. I'm not fully raw, but I adore your website and make lots of recipes from it. I don't have a dehydrator but these cookies sound delicious! Thanks

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Hi Lau!

In your case, try making them without dehydrating or ovening. Perhaps roll them into little balls and freeze instead. They are quite sticky tho.

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Hi,

I was wondering if you know what we can substitute for the coconut? I am allergic.

Thanks!

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Hi Trystan, This recipe uses so much coconut that it'll be hard to replace... Best to look for a different recipe! Sorry about that....

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Great recipe, thank you! Do you have any idea how long these biscuits would keep for & how best to store them i.e. are they okay in an air tight container at room temp? I know, I know, normally wouldn't be an issue but I like to make larger batches so they last for a while.
Many thanks!

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Best to keep in freezer :)

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what should the dehydrator temp be?

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first hour 140, then drop down to 110 for remaining time

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Amazing! These are so good you don't have to enjoy eating raw to love these. My entire family (7 kiddos) loved them.
Tip: I have a food grinder for my bosch mixer and I just send the ingredients through the grinder and it is so simple.

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Awesome Diana! - wow, 7 kiddos! Busy mamma

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Can you give me the temp you dehydrate these at? Warmly, Becky

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First hour at about 145, then I drop down to about 115 or 110

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What other nuts would go good with this. Will pecans be okay?

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No, don't use pecans. Definitely not :)

Instead of cashews you could use macadamia nuts or pine nuts, since they are all creamy nuts.

Pecan flavor will be way too strong for this recipe.

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These are great, and were so easy to make. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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My pleasure Rhea! So glad you enjoyed :)

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Sha's Review

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Oops... Forgot to give You your well-deserved, only-possible-5-star rating !!!!

Yummy yummy yummy!!

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I was on line looking for a quick cookie to make with my dehydrator and found your lemon cookie. I had all the ingredients, put in my food processes & then my dehydrator all under 15 minutes, was quick, I loved it. can't wait to try them !!!!

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Mmm, lemon cookies. I hope they meet your expectations!

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Hi again Sha!

Thank you muchly :)

xox

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I'm going to make these today, would coconut nectar work as wall as agave nectar?

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Hi Kathy,

Sure thing!

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These are so good I almost ate all the batter before I could get the poor things into the dehydrator. Counting the minutes for the 8 hours to pass before I can eat the final product. Will definitely make a double batch next time. Thank you!

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Hi Farski,

Lol so glad you enjoyed!

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I'm totally new to dehydrating so I don't know what temp to set it! Help please! Had to totally abstain from eating all of the batter! Yummy!

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Hi Danielle! Generally the ideal low temp is between 105 and 110 degrees F.

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So what is a dehydrator and where can I buy one in the UK? Is there anything else I can use instead?

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Hi Julie, try making my lemon bars instead  - a dehydrator is not required. Best to buy one online - in the US and Canada, Excalibur is the best brand.

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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Just made a batch and ate half right there, but shaped the rest into heart shapes and they are in the dehydrator. Thank you!
I do have a question though - is there an easy way to shape these?

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I just roll the dough in parchment paper and chill, slice and eat or dehydrate! Of course I didn't make cute shapes but they stay roundish.

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Nice idea re: turning them into refrigerator cookies Diana :)

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Cute, Tanya! These are a bit sticky for shaping easily - washing your hands frequently will help :)

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How many cookies does this make please? Lots I hope :)

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Hi AndroidGal, it's been quite a while since I made this recipe - but if memory serves correctly it's probably aroun 12-14 cookies

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These look deliciuos. I do not have a dehydrator, can I eat them without dehydrating the dough?

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Hi Jenn! Try these instead since a dehydrator is not required for them: http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-lemon-bars-recipe

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I LOVE these! Thankyou !!!

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My pleasure Sha :)

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Hi
The recipe says to use unsoaked cashews. But won't those be hard to digest?

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hi Melissa, you can soak them if you want but dry them before using. I do not soak in this recipe

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What temp are you using on the dehydrator for these cookies?

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I usually dehydrate on high for one hour then reduce to 105 degrees for the remaining time

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have just popped my first batch into the dryer - made with manderin juice instead, and a full thumb of juiced ginger! Wanting a raw ginger cookie. will let you know how they turn out, although the mixture tasted great!

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Yum! Did they turn out well Toni?

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Hi, you mention using honey, I am under the impression that these are thought of as vegan cookies, no? I thought honey wasn't considered a vegan product... I'm new at this, so please clarify, thanks!

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Hi Kelly,

You are correct. Honey is not vegan since it comes from animals. You can use maple syrup or agave nectar instead.

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I made these and they are DELICIOUS, they barely made it out of the dehydrator!

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glad you like Deb :)

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I made these cookies and they are very good. I made lots of your recipes and they are very good. I want to ask you something about storing them. I am planning to bring some of the cookies and crackers to church as refreshments and I need to make lots of them. Do you think I need to keep them in the freezer, refrigerator or just in the pantry. Also do you think I should store them in glass, plastic or paper container for them to last longer.
Thank you for you answer and for your amazing recipes!
Adriana

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They won't keep "fresh" very long. So... if you are making them a couple of days in advance or less you are probably fine keeping them in pantry

I don't think storing them in different containers will make much of a difference.

If you are going to keep them for much longer than 2 days then you should probably freeze them - but do a test batch first cause I'm not sure how well they will thaw out

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Thank you very much!

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you're welcome :) good luck with your big batch!

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I made these when I was famished this afternoon. I had trouble not eating all the dough before putting them in the dehydrator. I was left with 16 tablespoon sized cookies! I had to add a tablespoon extra to the agave, because I believe I used a large lemon. Thanks for the recipe. :)

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You are welcome!

I often cook when famished. It is a bad idea, but .. it's reality, right?

:)

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lots of raw recipes use cashews, what would be the best nut to use instead, my daughter is allergic to them :( thank you in advance
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try macadamia nuts instead of cashews

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The first time I made these as per your recipe and they were great!

Then the coconut-ness of them made me start thinking of one of my favorite Christmas time cookies, coconut macaron kisses......so today I made a double batch of these only I substituted orange juice for the lemon and added a little almond extract. Then to try and duplicate the flavor of a hershey kiss of top of the SAD version I dipped these raw beauties into my favorite raw chocolate genache....YUM!

My husband and kids all love these too, even before I had dipped them in the chocolate this evening we had all snuck some out of the dehydrator to snack on :o)

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UM YUM!!

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I made these last night - delicious!! I added some fresh lavender to them and they are so good! Thank you for the great recipe!

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Wow,  AWESOME idea about adding the LAVENDER!! You get a gold star because I absolutely love the concept of lemon/lavender combo.

I will definitely have to do the same when lavender comes into season. (Um.... when does lavender come into season?)

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Holy Cow! Just found and made these. They are FABULOUS!! I didn't have any coconut on hand so I substituted gluten-free oats. Also, just shaped and put into freezer for a little while and ate them cold! I did end up baking some of them, too, at low temp since I don't have a dehydrator yet, for my kiddos (so not really raw I guess) and they were great, too!
Thank you so much for this!! Can't wait to make them again!!

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So glad you liked Cheryl

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Just wanted to add that I understand that oats aren't really considered raw, but I'm just starting out on this raw diet stuff and I'm in a transitioning process. :-)

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These are soooooooooooo gooood!!! and I don't feel guilty eating them either! thanks so much for the recipe!

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My pleasure Lauren

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These are so good! Oh my goodness! I am a lemon freak, now I have another addiction. You are a master uncooker!

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Hehee glad to have given you another lemon recipe for your addiction arsenal :)

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I am new to eating raw but converting in a gradual but definitely increasing my raw food percentage.

I want to make these cookies but I have a sensitivity to coconut. What can I substitute for the coconut?

Thanks for your help!

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Hmmm... I am not sure! This recipe is kind of integral re: coconut. Perhaps you could try to omit the coconut and simply replace with more cashews? I haven't tried this, though...

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Ok, so raw foodies eat cashews evidently, everywhere on the internet its common, but they aren't really raw are they?

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So they say. But I'm not too worried about that. Should I be, Apryl?

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When I soak my cashews they start sprouting, so they are living which is the same as raw........right? Or am I missing something?

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Yep, if they sprout they're alive!

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thanks..…delicious..iam going to prepare it soon..

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RowanC! WAY back in the day I got a bunch of Raw books from you and learned much from them! Do you remember me? Veganforlife from RFT? These look yum-oh! I'm am so making these!!!

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Hey there! I wanted to thank you for sharing your recipe! I made it yesterday and added cinnamon on top - so yummy. Have you ever made them with vanilla extract in them? I think that would be good.

I posted here w/step by step photos (and gave you credit of course): http://www.joyfulabode.com/2010/02/28/what-to-do-with-lemons-raw-lemon-c...

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OMG great pics!!!! You are a photog. extraordinaire.

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Wow. Those lemon cookies look delicious! I have a dehydrator, so I'll definitely be making these as soon as I stock up on cashews again!

*smiles*
Michele

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these were soooo good! my 2 year old twins loved them too (but I think I ate too many!!!)

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Lol, but they're raw, so you can never eat too many :)

Hope your twins are good. You must be a busy mom!!

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If you try them, be sure to tell me what you think! I just love them. And they're pretty easy!

Do you have a dehydrator? Even if you don't, I bet you could roll these into balls and refrigerate them. They'd still be good.

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Hi
I don't have a dehydrator, so what can I do instead?

Thanks

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Hi Julie, try making my "lemon bars" instead - a dehydrator is not required for that one

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Hi Laura-Jane,
I made your cookies (with a few changes of my own) for two friends celebrating birthdays and they were a big hit! Yummy, Thank you!
PS...my website is under construction because I am on sabbatical but will be returning to work with a raw aspect soon.
Thank you again,
Afia

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So glad your friends liked 'em! Yeah, these ones are good. So simple but I love their fluffy lemonyness. Warmth and wishing you a productive and perhaps also relaxing sabbatical!!!

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These look delicious!
I can't wait to try them.

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