Raw Chocolate Super Cookies

After a month of long days at my computer and poring over government reports on GMOs, I am happy to say I am finally done my draft of my thesis and have made my long overdue return to cooking, writing, and normal social functioning. Somewhere between producing 12,000 words on Canadian regulatory GMO regulatory policy, I managed to also obtain my certification as a personal trainer, and still manage to sleep.

I figured it would only be appropriate to have my first recipe in over a month be something to do with chocolate. During some of my long editing sessions, I wanted a slab of chocolate bigger than my face, but luckily had healthy vibrant alternatives like these raw chocolate super cookies, which not only satisfied my insatiable need for anything chocolate, but also provided a lexicon on brain pumping super nutrients!

Before I get into more details about this particular recipe, get ready for a post filled August. I’ll be posting amazing recipes for ┬áhealthy sangria, lentil tacos, cinnamon carrot larabars, and raw nacho salad, amongst many others :D. So get ready, and stay tuned.

So, the Raw Chocolate Super Cookies, they’re quick, easy, nutritious, and easily transportable (think snacks for the drive up to the cottage?). The cookies start with a base of medjool dates, which should be an absolute staple in your pantry, they’re chock full of potassium (even more than bananas), they also contain numerous essential amino acids which aid in the digestive and cleansing process. Oh, and they’re delish, even on their own. You want to make sure you get the pit out of the dates before you put them into your food processor, or your cookies may be a bit crunchier than you’d like…

There is literally no ‘useless’ or non ‘super’ ingredient in these cookies. I combined two of my absolute favorite foods ever, maca root and chia seeds, along with coveted super foods like goji berries, raw cacao, and raw pumpkin seeds to create a cookie that not only tastes delicious, but is so chock full of beautify-ing antioxidants and other minerals that they not only can’t be passed up, but in the spirit of protecting your health, they shouldn’t be!

You can find most of these ingredients at your local grocery store or health food store. They take about 8 minutes tops to make, and serve as a great dessert or afternoon snack :)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup medjool dates
  • 4 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tsp ground maca root
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup goji berries
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao nibs
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
Instructions:
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1. Combine all ingredients into a food processor or vitamix, blend together for approximately 3 minutes. There will still be a few small chunks of seeds etc, so don’t worry if it isn’t smooth, that’s how you want it!
2. Roll bits of mixture into small balls or flat cookies, whichever is your preference.
3. Bite, chew, swallow, repeat.
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Hope you enjoy!
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peace & health,
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Lauren
xo