Alisa Fleming ~ This recipe for healthy no bake cookies is adapted from Amber Shea Crawley’s beautiful new cookbook, Practically Raw. The tagline for her book fits perfectly, “Flexible Raw Recipes Anyone Can Make.” This is so true, as Amber includes gentle cooking directions for her raw recipes (where applicable), and in an oven, not a dehydrator! I love her adaptations for those of us who aren’t ready to make a full raw food conversion, but want to incorporate more raw and nutritious foods in general.
Of course, with health in mind, I dove into the dessert section first. I based the no bake cookies recipe below on Amber’s Crunchy Salted Cashew Cookies recipe – and holy cow, these babies are so addictive! The salt and natural sweeteners keep these from being overly sweet. In fact, I would almost venture to call these a snack, or a dessert-ish snack. However you categorize them, these raw cookies are heaven for those of us who crave the contrast of sweet and salty.
I changed up a couple of the ingredients entirely, based on the types of foods we use in our house, and naturally, I added chocolate. I halved some Taza semi-sweet chocolate chunks, which happen to be raw and soy-free, too. But you can use whichever dairy-free you choose.
I think it’s important to mention that Practically Raw is a completely vegan and gluten-free cookbook. Amber uses agave nectar in her recipe; we just have a preference for raw honey, but you can use agave without issue to keep the recipe vegan as intended.
One last note, I loved how cookie-like these turn out. Though you can’t see it in this picture, the bottoms of these no-bakes look like whole grain baked cookies!