Little lumps of coal worthy of everyone on your nice list, these not-so-naughty, vegan and gluten free cookies are just the sweet treat to make your holiday happy and healthful. Sugar cookie dough like in texture and taste, without the processed sugar and flour, these playful confections are made with food grade activated charcoal, raw maca powder, a malty tasting dried root known for its hormone balancing and energy increasing properties, antioxidant rich raw lucuma powder, and belly filling cashews and muesli. Sweet, chewy, and delightfully silly, my vegan coal cookies are family friendly, perfect served alongside a cold glass of almond milk, or left out for Santa – he could really use the boost.
Not-So-Naughty Coal Cookies [makes 18 cookies]
½ cup raw cashews
¾ cup unsweetened Bircher muesli
5 medjool dates, pitted (if dry, soak in warm water to reconstitute)
1 tablespoons coconut butter
1 tablespoon raw honey
1 tablespoon raw maca powder
1 tablespoon raw lucuma powder
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon activated charcoal
In a high speed blender, or food processor fitted with an S-blade, pulse cashews and muesli until they’re a flour-like consistency. Add in dates, coconut butter, honey, maca, lucuma, vanilla, and charcoal and continue to process until ingredients form a doughy ball, or are moist enough to come together.
Transfer to a large piece of parchment paper and using your hands or a rolling pin, press the dough out until it is about ½ an inch thick. Cover and place in refrigerator to harden, about 1 hour.
Using small cookie cutters, I used a smaller star, cut the dough in about 18 cookies. Munch immediately, or store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Nutritional Information [per cookie]
65 Calories, 2.5g Fat, 10g Carbohydrates, 1.5g Fiber, 5.5g Sugar, 1.5g Protein