I had a slow cooked lamb shoulder in the oven but was in the mood for cookies. I searched the internet for raw cookie recipes but didn’t find any that tickled my fancy in that moment. I decided to mix and match a few recipes that I found along the way and these delicious fudgey bites were born!
These treats not only hit the spot when that sweet craving comes along but they also have plenty of health benefits too – bonus!
Pecans are an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, E and B complex, zinc, calcium, magnesium, selenium, iron and manganese and have antioxidant and immune boosting properties (low levels of magnesium and zinc have been linked to depression). They are one of the richest sources of vitamin B6 which is essential for a healthy nervous system and regeneration of damaged cells. They are also a good source of easily digested protein and contain oleic acid (the same fat found in olives) which helps increase ‘good’ HDL cholesterol. They also contain substances known to protect the body from infections, diseases and cancers – ellagic acid, lutein and zea-xanthin. They have been found to be beneficial for Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Walnuts contain anti inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, copper, manganese and biotin. Research has shown that they can reduce the risk of both prostate and breast cancer and are beneficial for heart health due the the amino acid l-arginine. Walnuts also contain some unique antioxidants which are not found in many foods. They have been shown to assist in weight loss by increasing satiety and are beneficial for brain health as they contain a number of neuroprotective compounds including omega-3s, folate, vitamin E, melatonin and antioxidants.
Coconut has strong antioxidant properties and health benefits. It contains dietary fibre, manganese, copper and selenium. It also contains lauric acid which is anti-fungal and anti-viral so is great for immunity.
Dates are high in fibre, easily digested and contain vitamins A, B2,3,5,6 and K, copper, magnesium, manganese. They are quite high in fructose so go easy on them and eat these treats in moderation.
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup dessicated coconut (make sure it is preservative free – many contain 220 which is extremely dangerous for asthmatics)
1/4 cup raw cacao
10 medjool dates (seeds removed)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder
pinch of celtic sea salt
Put all the ingredients in a food processor and process until it all comes together and is smooth.
Don’t worry if you process it for a little too long and some oils are released. It won’t affect the end product but will just make the next step a bit messier.
Put the mixture onto a piece of baking paper and roll into a log shape – about 3 cm in diameter and put it in the freezer for 1 – 2 hrs to set.
Alternatively, you could press the mixture into a baking tin lined with baking paper and cut into squares once set.
When set, cut log into 1 cm slices and enjoy!
Store in the freezer and try not to eat them all at once!
I would love to hear from you if you try them.
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