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Raw/Vegan-Optional, Gluten-Free

Do you love chocolate chip cookies?  My husband adores them but he’s very open to trying my Raw Fusion Solutions in his quest for better eating.  Every since I saw a raw chocolate chip recipe in Matthew Kenney’s Everyday Raw, I had been planning on trying these out.

My first batch were totally raw — and that included making the chocolate chips from scratch, definitely a labor of love.  The chips are a combination of raw cacao, soaked cashews and agave nectar piped onto teflex sheets and dehydrated over about 8 hours.

This time I decided to adapt the recipe to a “raw fusion” style by using pre-made chocolate chips.I bought a high cacao version, which sure made these a lot easier!  You can buy vegan chocolate chips, made without dairy, and even carob chips.

Making oat and cashew flour does require some extra steps but well worth the effort.  I made plenty and refrigerated the rest so that I have enough to make another batch when these are gone.  Note:  What you will buy are STEEL cut oats (or oat grouts) not the rolled or quick oats that we see more often.  They are sold both packaged in and bulk bins at most health food stores.

These cookies are more the chunky, soft, chewy variety and absolutely addictive!  You can make them in a dehydrator for totally raw or in the oven.

LJ’s Raw Fusion Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes approximately 15-18 cookies depending on size

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cup cashew flour*
  • 1 3/4 cup oat groats flour**
  • 3/4 cup high cacao chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2  tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup,  agave nectar, raw honey or coconut nectar  (should be viscous to help the batter stick together)
  • 1 TB. vanilla extract (alcohol-free)

*Oat groats flour = Put steel cut oats (you can usually buy these in bulk bins) in a food processor or high powered blender and process until it becomes a fine flour – approximately 3-5 minutes.

**Cashew flour = Place dry raw cashews in  in a food processor or high powered blender and process until it becomes a fine flour – approximately 3-5 minutes.

Directions:  Place oat flour and cashew flour in a large mixing bowl.  Add water, vanilla, salt and sweetener and blend well, stirring in chocolate (or carob) chips.  Shape into cookies and place on parchment paper covered dehydrator tray OR cookie sheet.

DEHYDRATOR:  Dehydrate for 4 hours at 115 degrees.  If they are dry enough, remove from parchment and place on screens to continue drying.  They will never be totally dry but rather moist and gooey – and totally delectable!

OVEN:  Make sure to line cookie sheet with parchment paper – Keep temperature very low (you can even prop open the oven door with a folded oven mitt.  The idea is to get them drier but not overcook.  Check after 1 hour and go from there to determine how long (I have not made them in an oven yet)  Plan on 3 hours.

This photo above is of the homemade raw chocolate chips I made the first time around.

Cookies and Milk go together so well!  That’s a homemade almond-brazil nut blend.

I did add one step to this batch of cookies to supercharge the nutrition, but it’s not something that you absolutely need to do.  I soaked the oat groats overnight – then germinated them for about a day.  This simply involves letting the soaked groats drain on a wet paper towel placed inside a colander and covered with another wet paper towel.  Any time you sprout or germinate seeds, nuts and grains you enhance the living essence.  After one day of germinating, I dehydrated the groats until completely dry before turning it into oat flour.

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LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site, eHow.com.

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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