I started making ‘oreos’ last year, before this blog even started! These are a tried and true favorite of mine (and my family’s). They are delightfully delicious and enough sweet to make just one a perfect dessert. Best of all, they are easy to make, and raw cocoa is good for you! Did you know there is tons of nutritional value in raw cocoa? Raw cocoa can lower blood pressure, supports heart health, and helps improve digestion with its high fiber content! Its theombromine content also helps stimulate the central nervous system, which relaxes muscles, dilates blood vessels and gives the body a boost of energy!
When I think about putting these cookies together, those old commercials of people twisting their oreos open and eating the inside filling comes to mind. Anyone remember those? Oreos are still one my husband’s favorite cookies. He asks for them on a pretty regular basis in this household! What is one sweet item that is always in your kitchen?
Makes 12 oreos
adapted from The Sweet Life
- 1/2 cup of dates, packed tight, pitted & soaked 1 hour
- 1/4 cup water (from the bowl of dates)
- 1/2 cup raw cocoa powder
- 1 cup almond flour (I put my almond in the food processor until they are finely ground)
- 1/4 cup coconut butter
- 2 teaspoons stevia or one teaspoon maple syrup
1. Pit dates and soak them in water for one hour (make sure there is enough water to cover all of the dates).
2. Grind almonds until fine (if you are not using almond flour).
3. When almond are done soaking, combine dates, 1/4 water from bowl of dates, almonds and cocoa powder in food processor or blender until the ingredients form a ball of dough.
4. Roll out dough on parchment paper until it’s 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter (I used a 2 inch round cookie cutter I got at the dollar store). You may get more than 12 or less than 12 depending on the size you use.
5. Once you have your cookies you can either a) put them in the refrigerator until they get hard or b) put them in the dehydrator until they are not soft anymore. I have a dehydrator, and that is what I used, but this is the first time (I just got one). I always just ate them cold and they were still amazing. If you are using a dehydrator, I only put mine in for an hour. Because mine does not have a temperature or time setting (it is 600 watts, though) I couldn’t tell you an exact time. It took mine about 90 minutes.
6. While your cookies are setting, mash coconut butter with stevia or maple syrup until smooth.
7. When cookies are cold (or done dehydrating), divide frosting evenly between 2 cookies.
8. If you did not dehydate the cookies, store them in the refrigerator. If the cookies were dehydrated, they can be kept in the refrigerator (I actually prefer them this way) or at room temperature.
Nutritional Information: Calories: 180 Fiber: 4g Sugar: 14g