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.