RAW Apple & Apricot Cookies
When I want to have a little something sweet, this sugar-free girl goes straight to making RAW cookies, straight out of my dehydrator.
It’s funny how I go straight to making sweet treats out of my dehydrator rather than baking cookies in an oven. I guess I find making RAW cookies, that only contain fruit sugars, so much more easy than faffing about with ingredients found in conventionally baked cookies.
Don’t get me wrong, I still make oven baked sugar-free cookies but they do require a fair amount of dates, which are a little bit on the expensive side.
Making RAW cookies from my dehydrator means that I can grab a couple apples and a few dried apricots or dates, and with a little added spice, I can have amazing tasting cookies that are lightly sweetened with real, natural, fruit sugars.
Have you ever used a dehydrator before?
I love to use mine. I don’t just make RAW cookies; I also love to make kale chips, gluten-free raw flat breads, sugar-free fruit leather, and we also soak, sprout and dehydrate all of our raw nuts and seeds.
My dehydrator is out in my workshop — in it’s own little zone. There is nothing more gratifying that jam-packing the dehydrator with all sorts of RAW treats, walking away, then coming back to everything ready for my plate.
Using a dehydrator has really made my cooking life so much easier.
For those eating a raw food diet, or for those interested in incorporating more raw foods into daily life, a dehydrator is imperative. I found my 9-tray Excalibur dehydrator on Craigslist (I also found a never used Vitamix on Craigslist as well), so I was able to save a little cash.
This recipe for RAW Apple & Apricot Cookies is so lovely. The cookies are soft, yet chewy. They are full of RAW nutrients and fiber. They are a great, healthy treat that I know you will love.
- A dehydrator
- A food processor
- 2 Apples with the skin
- 12 dried apricots (I like RAW apricots without sulfites)
- 1 cup of RAW almonds
- 1/2 cup of RAW walnuts + some chopped walnuts to top the cookies
- 1/2 tsp of vanilla powder or 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp of sea salt
- In a food processor, pour in 1 cup of almonds and 1/2 cup of walnuts. Turn the processor on until the almonds and walnuts are finely ground.
- Add the apricots, vanilla, and salt. Turn the process on, again, until the apricots are thoroughly incorporated into the nuts.
- Add two chopped apples with the skin (core them first). Turn the processor on until the apples are finely ground.
- Scoop out 2 tbsp of the apple mixture into your hands, and roll the mixture into a ball. Then flatten the ball into a 1/4 inch thick disc.
- Place the shaped cookies onto the mesh surface of a dehydrator tray, and top each cookie with chopped walnuts.
- Place the tray into the dehydrator, and set the temperature to 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Dehydrate the cookies for 14 hours.