Chocolatelove: Raw Red Velvet Cookies with Cashew Icing

When I was brainstorming for this month’s #chocolatelove bloghop, I knew that I’d have to incorporate some raw treats into my posts. Today is Raw Wednesday, and I have this intriguing and awesome cookie recipe for you! Red Velvet is the quintessential Valentine’s Day dessert, so why not change it up a bit? This delicious cookie is soft, moist, full of flavor and nutrients, and of course, eye-catching.

Who would have thought that with such simple ingredients you could get such a stunning and delicious recipe? Just make sure you have some level of patience, that way you don’t eat the cookies right out of the dehydrator before they’re ready! I find that I have a “problem” with doing that, but I just tell myself it’s for quality assurance. ;)


Servings: Makes Roughly 28 Cookies (depending on size)

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Raw Almonds, Soaked in water for 2+ hours
  • 1/2 Cup Goji Berries, Soaked in water for 30+ minutes
  • 1/2 Cup Raw Cacao Powder, I use Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder
  • 1/3 Cup Raw Beet Juice, I juiced 1 avg.-sized Beet to get this amount of juice
  • 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
  • Pinch of Sea Salt

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  • 1 Cup Raw Cashews, Soaked in water for 2+ hours
  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Sea Salt

Directions:

  1. Place almonds, goji berries, cacao powder, beet juice, maple syrup and sea salt into a food processor and turn on for 1-2 minutes. Scrape the batter off of the sides of the processor so that the texture is even. Pulse processor until the dough forms a ball or starts to clump.
  2. Get out two trays for your dehydrator and line with paraflexx sheets. Using cookie cutters (or just your fingers), shape out cookies to be roughly 3/8″ thick and 2-3″ in diameter.
  3. Once all of the cookies are formed, dehydrate them at 110°F for 5 hours. Test to see if you can peel them off the paraflexx sheets without any batter sticking to them and flip the cookies over. Dehydrate for an additional 3 hours.
  4. Before the cookies are done dehydrating, in a high-speed blender, pureé raw cashews, water, lemon juice, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and sea salt together to make a very smooth icing. You may need to add a little extra water to blend thoroughly. Place icing into a ziploc bag and refrigerate it until the cookies are done.
  5. Cut a 2mm. wide hole into the corner of the icing bag and decorate the red velvet cookies however you’d like. I recommend doing this right before you serve them; in my experience, the cashew icing will become more translucent a couple of hours after you ice the cookies. But, they will still be delicious!

Enjoy these yummy, raw treats with a glass of Homemade Almond milk after a wonderful V-day dinner, or anytime, really! I have a designated omnivore that does taste-testing for me once recipes are done so that I know everyone will like it, and she loved these! I prefer them when they’re straight out of the dehydrator, but they are still very tasty once they’ve cooled down.

 
The bloghop, this month, is filled with so many amazing blogs! I love that I’m able to be a part of it, and continue to share the foodie love. Here’s a list of all of the bloggers that are participating!

Easily Good Eats ~ Three Cookies
Oh Cake ~ Jessica ~ @jesshose

Please join in on the #chocolatelove fun by linking up any chocolate recipe from the month of February 2012. Don’t forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #chocolatelove event! The twitter hashtag is #chocolatelove.

Check out the rest of the #Chocolatelove recipes, below!

 

13 Comments

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13 Responses to Chocolatelove: Raw Red Velvet Cookies with Cashew Icing

  1. Hey Jackie! Can I add the red velvet cookies to my menu!??!? They look so good!!!

  2. Using cashews in place of gravy and icing is on my list of things to do. Can’t wait to try it.

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      Making cashew icings is one of my favorite things to do for desserts, even if the main part is not raw! Let me know how you like it when you do try it out. :)

  3. I LOVE IT! I’m all about using healthy ingredients to make tasty food and I can tell you have the same philosophy. While I love a dense rich cake and gooey cookie just as much as the next person, I definitely think yummy tasting treats can easily be achieved using nutritious ingredients and a little innovation. High five, girl, very nice!

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      Thank you so much for the kind words! Those are some of the best compliments I could have ever hoped to have gotten. Thank you very much for stopping by! :)

  4. Great idea! You are surprising me again :)
    I have to make them. I need these cookies to be happy now!

  5. What an intriguing recipe. I have not dabbled in raw recipes much but love the ingredients. Nice choice!

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      Thank you! Raw foods (especially desserts) are extremely fun to mess around with. Almost anything will go! :)

  6. i have yet to try making any raw treats yet… i really want to though. love the idea of using beets in these delightful vegan treats. :)

  7. Liz

    How very creative!!! These are beautiful cookies! Sending you some #chocolatelove~

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