Raw Chocolate Cashew Cream Cookies with Raspberry Nibs. Vegan, Gluten-free. These raw layered Chocolate Cashew Cream Cookies are smooth, dense, chocolate-y fun. And healthy of course. Sweetened with coconut nectar, a superb low glycemic sweetener made from coconut tree flower blossoms (I use this brand, you can find it at Whole Foods too), these gems are also rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals, and so fast and easy to make. Just blend the ingredients, roll into balls, flatten, freeze, slather and eat. Snack on them, slip them into lunches, we even drop chunks in our smoothie bowls. Fast and healthy dessert recipe, it doesn’t get much better.
- 1/3 cup rolled oats (GF) (I use this GF brand)
- 1/4 cup cashews (soaked overnight, rinsed)
- 4 Tbsp cacao nibs (mood-boosting, I use this brand)
- 1 Tbsp coconut nectar (low-glycemic sweetener, I use this brand)
- 1/2 cup cashew butter (I use this brand)
- 1 tsp crumbled frozen raspberries
- 1 tsp Lucuma Powder (healthy-mineral-booster, I use this brand)
- 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 1/2 cup cacao powder
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
(For 12 cookie layers to produce 6 sandwich cookies)
Mix the rolled oats, cacao nibs, cashews, coconut nectar, and cashew butter. I used a small food processor and only mix roughly so the oats retained some of their structure. Then, fold in the chopped raspberries or any other tiny frozen or dried fruit – the addition of these little nibs add a spark of chewy fruity flavor. The sweetener, coconut nectar, is one of the few low-glycemic plant-based sweeteners. And no, it doesn’t impart any coconut flavor. But of course any liquid sweetener can be subbed.
The final dough should be sticky. Roll in balls, press and flatten onto parchment paper and freeze for 30 minutes or more. Stir up the chocolate filling ingredients in a bowl (if it is too liquidy, add more cacao to thicken), slather on one cookie layer, and sandwich it with another. There, the cookies are done!
We store ours in the freezer, but I imagine they’d last for awhile in the frig as well if you want to retain the raw soft texture. These cookies are a bit rich so we recommend one per sitting, though we’ve received a bit of laughter at that warning.