After I made my raw carrot cake cookies (inspired by these), one of my readers inquired about the lemon cookies. I'm not sure if you're familiar with these raw cookies, but you can check them out here. They popped up in my Coop a few months ago. I tried the carrot cake cookies first and was shocked by their deliciousness, but the price tag is rather discouraging ($6 per bag - and it's a tiny bag folks). I was successful in making the carrot cookies at home. Naturally, the lemon cookies have been on my mind. So a few weeks ago I made a batch and they were outrageously good, the perfect burst of lemon with all the benefits of a raw, live food. These differ in one respect from the store bought variety, they aren't a crunchy cookie. They are soft, but equally wonderful. I like them both ways, and I have to tell you, the flavor is spot on. So if you've tried these, and love them, try making them at home (this batch yields 60-70 cookies depending on how big or small you make them)! And you might be able to get that crunch if you dehydrate longer. I made both cookies and balls with this batch. And by the way, my kids...LOVE these. What a super healthy snack. I'm making these next!
Ingredients-14 dates, pitted and soaked in filtered water until soft (the soaking time will depend on how soft or hard your dates are to begin with. I usually soak mine for 6 hours or until super soft)
-4.5 ounces unsweetened shredded coconut (1 cup)
-1 cup sesame seeds (soaked for 10 hours)
-1/2 teaspoon lemon flavor (or to taste, start with 1/4 tsp)
-1 teaspoon lemon zest
1. In food processor fitted with the s-blade, add dates and blend into a paste. Add in lemon flavor, blend.
2. In another bowl, add coconut, well drained sesame seeds, and lemon zest. Mix well.
3. Add date mixture to coconut, sesame seeds, and lemon zest and with clean hands, mix well.
4. Form into little cookies or balls.
5. Place in your dehydrator (on a mesh fitting) and dehydrate at 105 degrees for 24 hours (or more). Crank it up to 135 degrees for the last hour. I know this sounds like a long time, but this low temperature really preserves all the beneficial nutrients. I have no idea how these would work in the oven, but please let me know if you try.
*I put my dehydrator in the laundry room and just forget about it.
*If making the balls, dehydrate 105 degrees for 12-15 hours. They will be soft and chewy.
I've never had those packaged cookies, but wow, these look great...and they're nut-free, which means I can have them right now!ReplyDelete
Thanks Amber. Yes, and it's hard to find nut-free stuff (especially in raw/living foods)!! These are a super fun treat.Delete
I want to come visit and stay for a month. I'll be sending my list on everything I'd like us to make together while I'm there. ;-) These will be on the list! :-)ReplyDelete
You rock, Amber! xo,
You're so funny Shirley. Wouldn't that be a hoot! I would love that so much. :-)Delete
Hope you're having a great Monday!
These look amazing Amber. I'm a sucker for any treat made with lemon and these are so fantastically good for you-love 'em!ReplyDelete
What if you don't have a dehydrator? Can you use a very low setting on an oven?ReplyDelete
Hello Anonymous. Great question. I haven't tried this, but if your oven goes low enough, you may be able to "cook" them in the oven. I was interested in keeping them raw, which is why I opted for the dehydrator, but if raw isn't a concern, I'm sure these would do fine in the oven, perhaps at 200 degrees, just keep an eye on them! If you try this, I would love to hear how they turned out Come on back and leave a comment. Thanks!Delete
These look like a must-try, but I will probably do them with orange blossom water as I don't know if I've seen decent lemon extract here in the UK. A bit nervous about the 24 hour dry but I will just trust you on this :DReplyDelete
Please let me know how you like them. You certainly don't have to dehydrate that long, check the texture ever 3 hours and pull them out whenever you like. And if you add water, you will have to dehydrate longer. In fact, instead of adding water, you may just want to use more lemon zest if you can't find the lemon flavor. Just a suggestion.
Amber, I love this recipe!! I've tried the Go Raw cookies before and love them, but I've never bought the lemon cookies. Guess I never will, because your recipe is now at the top of my "must try" list!ReplyDelete
Thanks Heather! Aren't these cookies the best?! So simple. I love their crunch, but my homemade cookies are quite tasty too, just not as crunchy. :-)Delete
Looks good! My next kitchen gadget is a dehydrator! I can't wait to get one!ReplyDelete
Yes, yes! Do get one! They're too much fun!
I am getting one of those dehydrator's too ;) thanks for linking!ReplyDelete
It works really well for now. However, I look forward to upgrading one day! ;-)
These sound great! I haven't had that variety, but I love other ones they make. Can't wait to try these!ReplyDelete
I think you'll really like these. They are pretty awesome!
I wil be trying these... look so goodReplyDelete
Thanks! I do hope you like them. :-)Delete
yum.... I bought a dehydrator, but I haven't used it yet! this sounds like the perfect thing to start with! thank you, Sonia :)ReplyDelete
So fun!! This is a super easy recipe to make and so fun to dehydrate. Good luck!!Delete
Do you think you coud substitute sunflower seeds for the sesame seeds? ThanksReplyDelete
Good question Nancy. I don't see why not? I've only made these with sesame, so please let me know if it works out. Would love to know! Thanks!Delete
Can you just eat them without dehydrating them?ReplyDelete