Is there any smell better than that of cookies baking in the oven? I truly don’t think there is, which is why I’m so happy that when making raw cookies in a dehydrator, your still get that same smell but for a prolonged period of time. It’s almost enough to drive you crazy thinking of how good those cookies will taste, but oh man, it’s a good kind of hurt.
That’s how I felt when I made these cookies.
I have to admit, I have tried making raw cookies many times before and I have never been pleased with the results. They tasted fine, but never satisfied that craving for a chewy, dense sugary treat like I was hoping. They always tasted, well for lack of a better word, raw. Instead of gooey decadence, it felt like I was eating nuts and seeds all ground up with a little sweetener. While good, not what I wanted.
I finally hit one out of the park though with these. It must have been a sign of good things to come here in Toronto because these were the first recipe I made in my new apartment and things have just gone wonderfully since :)
Now for all of you without a dehydrator, don’t despair! I actually tried making half of these without, just shaped them and popped them in the fridge and they were still delicious! No, you don’t get that enticing aroma, but you still get a delicious dessert out of it!
These cookies are dense, chewy and sweet with a subtle cinnamon flavour and lots of juicy raisins. Filled with walnuts and hemp seeds to supply you with those much needed omega-3 fats, oat groats for fiber and sweetened only with raisins, these are as healthy as they are delicious! The perfect fall treat :)
Raw Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Raw)
Ingredients (12 cookies)
- 1/2 cup raw oat groats
- 3/4 cup walnuts (or can do 1/2 cup cashews and 1/4 cup walnuts)
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds (or more walnuts)
- 3 tbsp raisins
- 1 tbsp water
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup chopped raisins
Grind the oat groats, nuts and hemp seed in a food processor until you have a fine meal. Add in the rest of the ingredients except the 1/4 cup chopped raisins and process until you have a dough that sticks together. Add in the 1/4 cup raisins and pulse a couple times until they are incorporated into the dough, but not broken down. You want chunks of raisins in the cookies. Form into 12 cookies.
Option 1: Dehydrate at 145 for 1 hr. on mesh trays, then flip and dehydrate at 105 for 3.5-4 more hours. Enjoy warm straight from the dehydrator for a treat!
Option 2: Chill in the fridge for 30 min.
Store in the fridge.
Just for a size reference, these are pretty good sized cookies, so you can definitely make them smaller and have more if you want!
That’s it for me today. I’ll see you all back here tomorrow for Healthy Vegan Friday. Check out last week’s if you missed it! Have a lovely day everyone!