Back-to-School Treats Mom Can Feel Good About!

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eronica Bosgraaf, founder of healthy snack brand Pure Organic and author of the Pure Food Cookbook has delicious back-to-school treats that kids (and moms) will love! Veronica’s Raw Chocolate Chip Cookies are made with delicious, plant-based ingredients such as walnuts, dates and cacao nibs – but taste just like chocolate chip cookie dough! These treats are great to throw in lunchboxes or for an after-school snack.

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookies

makes 10 cookies 

This indulgent recipe was a winner in one of our Pure Vegetarian Recipe contests. It was created by Emily Davidson and has become a family favorite in our house! Like Pure Bars, these little nuggets are made with unheated ingredients and pressed together without cooking. Keeping the ingredients away from heat helps preserve their nutrients. I am always delighted at how simple and decadent this recipe is. My kids can easily make these cookies in the food processor and snack on them as treats. Try substituting different nuts and spices: add cocoa, cinnamon, lemon rind, or lavender. Play around with various combinations to create healthy sweets that treat your body right. For this recipe I like to use pitted dates that I pit myself because they stay softer that way. You can also soak them in filtered water for 10 minutes to soften.

Ingredients

  •  1 cup pitted dates
  • 3⁄4 cup raw cashews
  • 3⁄4 cup raw walnuts
  • 11⁄2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1⁄4 cup cacao nibs

Method

Process the dates in a food processor until well chopped. Add the cashews, walnuts, coconut oil, salt, and vanilla and process until smooth. Add the cacao nibs and pulse to combine. Using your hands, form the dough into 10 cookies. Chill in the fridge for about one hour to solidify before serving.

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