I love raw food, especially desserts; check out my Ultimate Raw Brownies. This week I created another raw dessert that can be made in minutes, Raw Cherry Chocolate Bites. These will be your new go-to chocolate treat. Gooey and just sweet enough, this is a healthy alternative to regular cookies. These are packed with fiber, healthy fat, and whole grains.
We all know why cookies aren’t healthy: refined sugar, white flour, and unhealthy fats, but even vegan cookies can contain those things. Raw cookies can be a healthy alternative, as they contain whole foods and are usually sweetened with dried fruits. A raw cookie is similar to a regular cookie in taste, but all the ingredients are in their rawest form, providing you with the highest level of nutrition. If you’ve never tried a raw cookie recipe, this is a great one to start with. There’s no speciality ingredients used and you don’t need a dehydrator to make these, just a blender or food processor. Oatmeal serves as the base for this cookie, absorbing all the excess moisture thus eliminating the need for a dehydrator.
I love making raw cookies because they’re easy to make, healthy, and it’s a treat I can feel good about indulging in!
What’s in these cookies:
Dried Cherries: These are packed with cooper. Your body relies on cooper to help in collagen production, which in turn helps to keep your tissues strong. Dried cherries also contain Vitamin C, each 1/4 cup contains 8 milligrams, which 11% (men) and 8% (women) of the recommended daily intake. I also like dried cherries in my oatmeal, for something different other than raisins.
Dates: Dates can help to alleviate constipation and diarrhea, as each date contains 1.6 g of fiber. Amazing! A cookie that could help you loose weight 😉
Oatmeal: Oatmeal has protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates, helping you feel full, longer. I like to use oatmeal and water as a base for most of my smoothies, for a really creamy consistency, soak the oats in water overnight before blending.
Almond Butter: Healthy fat! This helps make the cookie even more satisfying, if you don’t have almond butter, peanut butter could also work for this.
- ¾ cup dried cherries
- 1 cup rolled oats (oatmeal)
- 4 tbsp cocoa powder (or...I used 2 tbsp cacao and 2 tbsp carob)
- ½ cup dates, packed
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- Cover dried cherries with water and soak overnight, then drain and set aside.
- Place the rolled oats and cocoa powder in a blender, and blend until a powder consistency is achieved.
- Add the soaked cherries, dates, and almond butter. Blend until smooth, while using a tamper to press mixture into the center of the blender. If you're not using a Vitamix, see notes below.
- Run your hands under water, shake off excess water, then use wetted hands to roll mix into 1" balls. Sift additional cocoa powder on top, roll in shredded coconut, or enjoy as is.