Rockin’ Raw “Not Peanut Butter Cookies”

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I’d like to preface this entry with the following disclaimer: I don’t know much at all about Raw Cuisine. I don’t mean raw as in, hey let’s have a plate of crudités with our lunch or have an apple, it’s raw…I mean Raw Cuisine where you use romaine lettuce leaves as “bread slices” for sandwiches or marinara sauce that is never warmed in a sauce pan. I would love to get more serious with raw foods, but I can’t afford a juicer (though I would love one, so if you have an extra one lying around…), don’t have a food dyhydrater, and the tiny appliance I lovingly refer to as my, ahm, food processor, is really great, but it’s not got a great deal of power, and I can’t ask too much from it. So, that out of the way, I do seem to manage to make raw desserts pretty well with my limited equipment.

There is something so wonderfully decadant about raw desserts. I admit it’s not always as sinfully satisfying as a big slice of lemon cake with vegan buttercream icing or a gooey, delicious vegan brownie, but at least you know that you’re not mindlessly consuming empty calories, and there is no “guilt hang-over”, that icky feeling of “gee, did I really eat 3 cupcakes all by myself?

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Last year a friend sent me Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People by Jennifer Cornbleet. It’s admittedly the only raw cookbook I have, so it’s my primary reference (though there are obviously tons of resources on the net!). One of my “go to” recipes is the “Not Peanut Butter Cookies” because it’s really quick, I almost always have the ingredients in the pantry, and it’s so delicious. Because I’m not a raw foodist, I do sometimes use peanut butter (like today).

adapted from Not Peanut Butter Cookies
from Raw Food Made Easy by Jennifer Cornbleet

  • 1/2 cup nut butter (almond, cashew, peanut, hazlenut-my favorite)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup, agave nectar, or rice syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (I use a tablespoon)
  • dash salt
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ (my addition)
  • 1 tablespoon coco powder (my addititon)
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds (or wheat germ) to roll them in
  • almond slices to decorate

Put it all in your food processor and whirl it together (sauf the 1/2 cup of almonds or wheat germ for rolling) then freeze it for about 1/2 an hour (so you can handle it more easily). When you take it out break off about 1-inch hunks and roll them in the almond/wheat germ, and flatten them out a little. Freeze four about two hours before serving.

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7 thoughts on “Rockin’ Raw “Not Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. i found your link in my “related posts” and I see how similar these recipes are! I was a raw foodist a few years back. For 3 months I was pure raw and I never had so much energy in my ENTIRE LIFE! I felt great and I want to bring back raw food into my life in greater proportions. I have dozens of recipes if you’re interested!

  2. Jen- Thanks for the info on the Brazier book, I think I’ll go ahead and get it. In another life I was a dancer, and while I was always a “healthy veg”, I was more worried about *not* eating (helas), now (the past 4 years) I am way more vigilant about vegan-specific nutrition, so this sounds like a good resource.

    Bazu- Thanks! How cool that you’re coming to Paris (I hope the weather shapes up for you…it’s so rainy of late.) I used to live in Paris, now I live about 40mins away by train. Advice…is this your first trip? Change your money before you come, and use your ATM card to take out cash- you’ll get the daily rate and the fees for ATMs are usually less than the commissions at exchanges. I’m sure you’ve heard of it, but the happy cow (http://www.happycow.net/) has good food resources. There are lots of “magasin bio” health food stores. One chain is called Naturaila (there is one between St. Paul & Bastille Metros, that’s where I used to go) to go http://www.naturalia.fr/entreprise/nos_magasins.asp for a map of Paris with their locations- they are easy to find around Paris, and they are pricey (like everything in Paris) but at least you can get good vegan staples. You can get very cheap, organic (biologique) soy milk from some grocery stores (Leader Price is one of them) and soy yourt. Vegan can be tough in restaurants, but they have good suggestions. I’m not really sure what you would want to see (or if you’ve been here before), but the Musée D’Orsay is one of my favorites, and the Orangerie has Monet’s original waterlillies and it is so beautiful. Versailles is also only an RER ride away from the center of Paris- and it is beautiful. Many museums are closed on Tusedays, so careful for that. Let me know what you like- and please feel free to email me sdmocquetmcdonald (at) gmail (dot) com or leave me a message here if you have any questions while you’re here- if I can help, I will!
    Bon voyage!

  3. Jen- Thanks for the info on the Brazier book, I think I’ll go ahead and get it. In another life I was a dancer, and while I was always a “healthy veg”, I was more worried about *not* eating (helas), now (the past 4 years) I am way more vigilant about vegan-specific nutrition, so this sounds like a good resource.

    Bazu- Thanks! How cool that you’re coming to Paris (I hope the weather shapes up for you…it’s so rainy of late.) I used to live in Paris, now I live about 40mins away by train. Advice…is this your first trip? Change your money before you come, and use your ATM card to take out cash- you’ll get the daily rate and the fees for ATMs are usually less than the commissions at exchanges. I’m sure you’ve heard of it, but the happy cow (http://www.happycow.net/) has good food resources. There are lots of “magasin bio” health food stores. One chain is called Naturaila (there is one between St. Paul & Bastille Metros, that’s where I used to go) to go http://www.naturalia.fr/entreprise/nos_magasins.asp for a map of Paris with their locations- they are easy to find around Paris, and they are pricey (like everything in Paris) but at least you can get good vegan staples. You can get very cheap, organic (biologique) soy milk from some grocery stores (Leader Price is one of them) and soy yourt. Vegan can be tough in restaurants, but they have good suggestions. I’m not really sure what you would want to see (or if you’ve been here before), but the Musée D’Orsay is one of my favorites, and the Orangerie has Monet’s original waterlillies and it is so beautiful. Versailles is also only an RER ride away from the center of Paris- and it is beautiful. Many museums are closed on Tusedays, so careful for that. Let me know what you like- and please feel free to email me sdmocquetmcdonald (at) gmail (dot) com or leave me a message here if you have any questions while you’re here- if I can help, I will!
    Bon voyage!

  4. For having little experience with raw cuisine, your creations look amazing! I experimented with raw a little this summer, and some (most) of my stuff didn’t look this good!

    I think you might have mentioned this, but I’ve forgotten- are you living in Paris? I’m visiting there (6-11 March) and if you have any advice or tips for me, I’d greatly appreciate them!

  5. Thrive is a great book – Brazier’s newer version, The Thrive Diet, is a more expanded version & much better, imo. It’s marketed as a “diet” book, but really it’s a great nutrition resource for athletes. It has recipes for energy bars, salad dressings, and even homemade energy drinks! It’s high raw, but includes some cooked food. Oh, there’s also a walnut hemp burger that is out of this world! (There’s a picture on my blog – you can find it in the archives.)

  6. You’re welcome! Yes, I think you’d really have to be ahead of the game to stay healthy doing raw all the time, especially with heavy workouts. I know there are folks who do it, though. Have you ever heard of “Thrive” someone suggested it to me to read, but I need to research it. :)

  7. These look like such a fabulous snack – satisfying & healthy… I’m bookmarking this right now :-) Thanks for the recipe! (I did the hardcore raw food thing a couple of years ago, but now I take a more balanced approach. It definitely taught me a lot about nutrition!)

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