Overview

5 ingredients, 5 minutes, 1 food processor. Raw peanut-butter chocolate chip cookies (sans peanuts, of course)!
  • Prep Time

    10 min
  • Total Time

    10 min
  • Suggested Servings

    7 servings
  • Yield

    14 small cookies
  • Shelf Life

    5 days in fridge
  • Equipment

Ingredients

Nutrition Facts

Directions

  • 1. Place almonds in food processor. Process almost into a fine meal. You are almost making "flour" out of almonds! Except don't go quite that far - leave a few tiny almond chunks.
  • 2. Add dates to the food processor mixture - process again until well-combined.
  • 3. Add tahini and salt to the the food processor mixture - pulse briefly until the tahini is well-distributed.
  • 4. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Add the cacao nibs and stir with a spoon to distribute.
  • 5. Using your hands, form batter into 14 small cookie shapes (or, alternatively, form into balls).
  • 6. Your cookies are ready immediately! (Store leftovers in the fridge.)

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

You'll note that there are no actual "peanuts" in these raw peanut butter cookies. This is because you should not be eating truly raw peanuts. Thus, we're using the tahini for a peanutty-flavor and the tiny chunks of almonds resemble the tiny chunks of peanut butter in chunky peanut butter!

The tahini (aka sesame seed butter) is the critical ingredient that holds this recipe together, thanks to its oily goodness :) (You can use runny cashew butter or almond butter instead of the tahini, but it won't quite taste as peanutty.)

I had a difficult time deciding whether to call for 1/3 or 1/2 cup tahini in this recipe. So I'd say it's somewhere between the two! If your cookies aren't holding together very well, add a little more tahini, one small spoonful at a time.

Also, a little warning about cacao nibs. So, you love chocolate, right? So you think you should add more cacao nibs than called for, right? Mmmmno wrong. You see, I love chocolate as much as the next crazy sweet-toothed raw vegan, but, you see, cacao nibs are not sweet. So if you add more than called for, you're turning a good cookie into a bitter cookie, mmkay? You have been warned, my pretties.

If you don't hava cacao nibs, you can use raisins instead for a peanut butter *raisin* cookie. Not quite as good as chocolate, but it works in a pinch!

Nutrition Overview

B+grade
  • This recipe is very low in Carbohydrates, and Sodium.
  • This recipe is a good source of Protein, and Riboflavin.
  • This recipe is a noteworthy source of Dietary Fiber, Calcium, and Iron.

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Pretty and sounds simple too

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Hmm, no peanuts, no chocolate chips. But looks delicious none the less.

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I topped with banana and coconut shreds/cinnamon/chia seeds just because but mmmmm! so simple and delish thank you lovely.

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I used what I had on hand and did cashews for almonds and mulberries for dates. I love them!! I also added a splash of maple syrup. I am crazy about this recipe!!! The mulberries gave it a savory, rich flavor and the maple syrup made it sweet enough to be a breakfast cookie!!!!

Also, I dehydrated my cookies...very yummy!
I love this app! I can't wait to try out more recipes!

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Erica, love your creativity! Yum! :)

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OMG, these cookies are dangerously delicious. I used an ice cream scoop to for the cookies cause I'm not to good at forming .

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Those must have been big cookies, yum! :)

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Can you substitute dates for honey and if so what would the ratio be?

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Hi Katie!
No, because the dates are necessary. Honey will add sweetness but not the stickiness and the bulk that the dates provides. So….. don’t do it :) You could maybe use raisins instead and a dollop of honey for extra sweetness.

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These are delicious! I love your website!

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Aw, thanks, Iris! :)

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Just made these cookies. Must say very delicious. Love them. They are better then store bought cookies.

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Hi Butterfly, So glad you enjoyed the cookies! Not bad for no choco and no pb, huh! :)

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Do not make these unless you have really good self control!! They are AMAZING and I will definitely be making these again.

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Lol, I assume you loved these cookies, Carly? I'm glad you enjoyed! :)

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Soooo moorish! The perfect amount of sweetness & crunch. I made a batch last night; ate 4 immediately & am onto them again for breakfast. YUM!! They're super good chased by a glass of cold coconut water.

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Hey Renae! Sounds like these were a hit! :)

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Can't wait to try this! Quick question: when do you add the sea salt? Or is I just to put on top of the cookie? Thanks!

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Hi Stacy,

Great question - sorry, I neglected to add the salt to the ingredients. Fixed now! (Add with the tahini)

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Dear Laura,

Congratulations for your great web site. I love all your recipes! mostly the sweet ones ;-)...I have a doubt, why is eating raw peanuts bad? can you please tell me?.
By the way your videos are very instructive and very fun to watch too, you have a great attitude!

Valentina

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Thanks Valentina! Glad you are enjoying the sweet recipes, me too heehee.

I believe raw peanuts are not safe to eat due to toxicity. Normally I am a sceptic, but I have eaten raw peanuts and I did not feel well afterwards, so that was enough for me, especially since I have an iron stomach :)

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Can I use a blender instead of a food processor?

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Hi Emmy, No sorry, a blender won't work properly for this recipe (the nuts will get stuck). A food processor is required.

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Can you use almond meal instead of grinding up whole almonds

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Go for it Kathy!

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I have made these little gems three times in the last week for my family and friends...they are very tasty and popular!

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Music to my ears, Brooke! :)

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These were the first of your recipes that I tried.
I'd give it a 4.5/5 but I had to choose a 4 or 5.
They were very nice but we all preferred the
cinnamon cookies more. (We swapped the raisins for
dates like in this recipe.)

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Thanks, Lara. :)

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Laura Jean,
I love your raw recipes. They're simple and fun to make and I have made many - it's especially fun form me to do over the weekend. Here are my favorites so far:
RAW CHOCOLATE CHERRY FUDGE CAKE, RAW SUPERFOOD BROWNIES, RAW PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES, RAW CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES, RAW BANANA CREAM PIE, RAW SESAME SEED BARS, RAW CHOCOLATE SHORTBREAD BARS, RAW CINNAMON RAISIN "OATMEAL" COOKIES. I just made the RAW VANILLA DROP COOKIES - wow are those rich, and good!
I tried the RAW CARROT CAKE but it did not quite make it to my favorites list, but it was close!
I like to cut the bars into about 1" x 1" thick bites so I usually use a glass bread pan to spread them into. If cookies, I like the 1 ounce bite size.
Do you have any protein bars in the works? That's something I would like to try!
Thank you for sharing your joy!

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5/5 So easy and delicious! <3

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Hi Annie!

So glad you enjoyed this little guys. :)

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Cindy, wow, I am impressed. So pleased you are trying so many recipes and enjoying them! I will keep the protein bar idea in mind, thanks! :)

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These are so fantastic! I added a scoop of raw almond butter as well, they make a really great snack!

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Mmm, good idea, Krystal!

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Yum, yum, yum! I have made these a few times, just brilliant!!

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Most awesome, Penny! :)

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Just tried them...yeah...new snack for work! Thanks for the recipe ;-)

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Thanks, Elisa! These are so good. (well, they are!)

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I can hardly wait until I make these cookies. They look so delicious! I plan on making them and taking them to share with ladies at my church during our Prayer Shawl Ministry where we sit and knit and crochet for several hours. I know they are going to love them!! Thanks!!!!

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Nice! I hope the cookies are a hit with your group!

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I was a little skeptical at first but once I tried a pinch it was all over and now I wish I had made two batches (patience young grasshopper)! These are ridiculously good...far exceeded my expectations. Thank you for yet again another amazing recipe!

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That's what I call success Nicole :) So good with a glass of almond milk. Yum!

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Yum! I just made these with almond butter instead of tahini and added 3 tablespoons of shredded coconut. They taste similar to an almond joy. There are delicious! :)

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Yum Janace!

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I am wondering why you say we shouldn't eat raw peanuts. Locally, we have folks who sell raw sprouted peanuts and raw peanuts are available also. The cookies look delightful anyway.

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Hi Lynda,

I need to do more research on this and plan to write a blog post on this topic in future, but in short, two things:
1. I've eaten them before and I don't digest them well at all (the only nut that feels bad to me when eaten raw)
2. I believe it has something to do with the starches in them

also, there is some issue with a fungus or something, that is commonly found in raw peanuts

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Whenever I open your iPhone app and see you've posted a new recipe, I get so excited. I finally made these yesterday. My entire family loved them, which is a feat with a bunch of small kids, one of whom tends to be very suspicious of anything new I make. I'm allergic to almonds and so had to substitute. It works fine substituting a combination of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and cashews for the almonds, or you can use just pumpkin seeds. I tried both ways with great success, although it did change the color

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Hey Sharon!

So glad you made these little guys! They're easy, and sounds like they were a success at your place! woohoo - love it.

Thanks for your note :) Great tips re: substitutions here too. Thanks

xox Laura-Jane

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I topped with banana and coconut shreds/cinnamon/chia seeds just because but mmmmm! so simple and delish thank you lovely.

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Pretty Evee!! Nice garnishes :)

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Hello! I just made these and they turned out fantastic! My homemade roasted Tahini was just the right consistency to be just like peanut butter; I used 3 heaping Tbs. I did not have quite enough almonds so I subst. the difference of approx one quarter with raw cashews. After all rolled and pressed I froze them in the freezer and separated the layers with parchment paper. Now they will last longer for me and when I have a nutty, mild sweet tooth I will have them available. I have attached a photo. Thank you so much for this great recipe!

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Cookies!!! So pretty Cheldena :)

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Thank you so very much!
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:)

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After making your St. Patrick's cheesecake I decided to try these cookies -- so simple and fast. Eating them is like eating good-for-you cookie dough -- even my husband liked them (and he doesn't care for most raw foods)! I made them with half cashews and half walnuts, since he doesn't eat almonds, and suspect one could use any nut combination. Also, they're now in the freezer -- the only ingredient that I've never frozen before is the tahini, so that will be interesting and good, I'm certain.

Next time I may add a tablespoon or two of cacao, since it has the cookies already have dates to sweeten them.

Thanks for another great recipe!

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Sounds like a winner, Marilynner :)

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Girl, I tried your raw brownies and they've been amazing. I'll definitely have to try those as well. Everything that has dates inside, I HAVE to try :D

Love,
Elisa

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Hi Elisa,

I'm so glad you enjoyed :) Dates are a secret ingredient in a lot of raw recipes. They give stickiness and sweetness. Yum!

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Thanks Katie! <3

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Hmm, no peanuts, no chocolate chips. But looks delicious none the less.

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Cacao nibs are just like chocolate chips only they are raw.

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:)

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lol Eliza

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