Raw cookie dough made like this, is the perfect fuel for the nervous system. The true definition of comfort food. I never really understood the cookie dough thing. It just didn't make sense to me. People go nuts for the stuff. So much so that you can buy cookie dough products, intended to eat raw, and cookie dough ice cream flavours.
I never dipped into old school cookie dough or cake batter because raw eggs creep me out.
A few months ago, I was developing some new raw dessert recipes for our Raw Dessert Online Workshop and wanted an awesome cookie that could serve as a raw food bar. This meant it had to be packed with flavour and nutrition, be dense in the great fat and protein department and low on the glycemic scale. Basically, it had to do what those packaged and processed barftown bars are supposed to do, but actually be made with whole food ingredients and taste awesome.
In the process of my research, I did come across one of the most revolting things I've ever seen served up as a diet food. A cookie dough flavoured weight loss bar. Check out the ingredient panel over there on the right. From what I can see on that list, the only thing that would be worth eating is traces of peanuts and other nuts. There is not a single food ingredient in that bar that would promote weight loss or health. Don't buy those bars, okay?
Back to my cookies. Let's just say the first attempt at these cookies failed.
It was the interim step- when the ingredients were all blended together, before dehydrating, that was the raging success. Perhaps a reminder to us all that the process is the outcome and it's not about the destination but the journey- and all those other sayings plastered on the posters of high school guidance offices.
Given that my nerves are electric with the anticipation of the UnDiet release tomorrow, and all the National media coverage coming this week, I thought this cookie dough was the perfect thing to blend up. True comfort food is that which feeds our nervous system and good fats, protein and stable blood sugar are the perfect recipe to make that happen.
Yield: 4-6 servings
- 1 cup cashews
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 banana
- 2 tsp mesquite powder (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp maca (optional)
- sprinkle of coconut sweetened cacao nibs or bittersweet dairy-free chocolate chips.
- In a food processor, blend together the nuts, banana, vanilla, mesquite and maca.
- Serve in a small bowl and sprinkle with cacao nibs or chocolate chips.