This Rawsome Vegan Life:
Recipe Review & Cookbook Giveaway!
When I received the cookbook in the mail, all wrapped up in its yellow manila folder, I tore it open and immediately had to pour through. Some of the pictures I recognized from teaser posts Emily herself had put up, but most were new to me: and GORGEOUS. And the best part? Emily's recipes are as simple as it comes; whole foods, like dates, nuts, and coconut oil make an appearance in nearly every recipe, but are all so differently arranged and combined. Plus, you can eat at least 6 of the cookies in the recipe that follows, because its all such good-for-you food. (Okay, 6 may have been overdoing it. Or not. No judgement here!)
"These are splendid. I love re-creating popular sweets because many people can identify with them and get excited about a healthy version of their favorite treats. I mean, really who doesn’t love Oreos? I just don’t love their long list of processed ingredients. So, here’s a simplified Oreo recipe, full of good-for you stuff, such as oats, cashews, dates and cacao. Relive childhood fun and dip a couple in a glass of vegan milk." Let's eat!
(aka RAW, HEALTHY OREOS)
¾ cup (68 g) oats
1 cup (175 g) pitted dates
2 tablespoons (15 g) cacao powder
½ cup (73 g) raw cashews
2 ½ tablespoons (50 g) pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons (30 ml) melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
TO MAKE THE COOKIES: Pulse the oats in your food processor until they become a coarse flour. Add the dates and cacao and process until it forms a semi-sticky dough. If it’s too dry, add more dates. Roll the dough as thinly as possible onto parchment paper, then cut cookie shapes with a cookie cutter until you use up all the dough. Optional: Dehydrate for a few hours, or until they harden—this will make them crunch like the original.
TO MAKE THE FILLING: Blend all the ingredients until smooth; you may have to add some water to make it creamy. Put the filling in the fridge for 3 to 4 hours, until thickened.
ASSEMBLY: Spread the vanilla filling evenly onto half of your cookies, then press the remaining cookies on top of the frosted ones. Makes about 10.