Raw strawberry cookies
Posted in: Dehydrated Raw Sweets
1 cup strawberries (fresh) (If using frozen/thawed strawberries please strain excess liquid and remove [drink up!])
3/4 cup of cashews (can substitute with macadamia nuts, but better with cashews)
Agave nectar or maple syrup to taste (optional sweetener, fine without any sweetener too) (Do not use honey because honey doesn't dehydrate properly; honey stays liquidy.)
1. Soak your cashews in water for at least twenty minutes, then rinse cleanly. (Of course, the purpose of soaking is to remove the enzyme inhibitors and it also removes any strange flavours, so do soak. Discard any excess water and pat cashews dry.)
2. Throw the strawberries in the blender. I have used frozen (thawed) strawberries for this recipe, and it works just fine, although fresh is always better. Add the cashews and blend until very very smooth.
3. Taste your cashew-strawberry "dough." Add a little sweetener if you like, or simply omit the sweetener for a more natural taste. Of course, re-blend in your blender for a few seconds if you've added sweetener. In my opinion, these raw strawberry cookies are good either way--sweetened or not.
4. Once your dough is a nice, smooth puddling-like consistency, simple drop/spread the dough on dehydrator sheets and dehydrate. I don't have Teflex sheets, I put the cookied dough on parchment paper 'til the cookies firm up, then I remove the parchment paper after the first couple of hours and dehydrate them straight on the racks from then on.
The length of time these raw cookies will take in the dehydrator will depend on a variety of factors. I always start dehydrating at about 115 for the first hour, then lower to 105 for the remaining hours. Probably ten hours will do. Keep checking on them and don't overdry. I actually like these vegan delights while they're still moist. They remind me of pudding skins, lol.
5. If you're going to keep these raw strawberry cookies in your pantry for a long time make sure they're totally dry (cannot be squeezed) otherwise they may go bad.
The Rawtarian's Thoughts
This raw vegan strawberry cookie recipe is simple! Trying to fill up an extra sheet in the dehydrator? Well, whip up these little darlins: with two or three ingredients, can these raw cookies get any easier?
The cookie "dough" seen above is prepared in a high-speed blender, and then dehydrated.
I love eating the dough straight from the blender or spoon. As you can imagine, this is a very rich recipe when you consider how much cashewy-creamy goodness is in each cookie. These raw vegan strawberry cookies are perfect for an after dinner treat. And kids will love the color of them!
Of course, you can make these cookies with any fruit!! Like blueberries or cherries! The colors are absolutely vibrant and beautiful. Go nuts and tell me how you like these simple raw strawberry cookies!!
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