Sunday, December 23, 2012

Cashew Cookie Babies

...that's what I call them!




(aka Cashew Cookie No Bakes, aka mock Cashew Cookie Larabars, inspired by these)

Anyhoo.  These were my paleo "cookies" that I made for my neighborly cookie exchange this year.  I did drizzle them drench them (quite ungracefully) in melted semisweet chocolate, which was not a primal touch.  And I actually wouldn't recommend it, either.  I was trying to make them look prettier (which did not happen since I drenched them), and it kind of distracted from the intended taste of the cookie.  So, what I'm saying is keep it simple.  Don't bother with a chocolate drizzle over top.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups Medjool dates (source: Costco), pits removed
  • 2 cups cashew pieces (source: Trader Joe's)
  • salt (optional)

Instructions:

1. Grind the cashew pieces in a food processor or blender until finely ground.
2. Roughly chop the dates with a knife. (Be sure the pits are removed.)
3. Add the dates and salt (if desired, I omit) to the food processor.
4. Blend all the ingredients together. (Or, squish everything together in a bowl with your hands - my preferred method.)
5. Form into balls or press into a pan and slice.  Enjoy!



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