Raw Vegan Gluten and Grain-Free
These couldn’t be simpler to make — and although I used a dehydrator, you can easily make these on a parchment-paper-covered cookie sheet in a low temperature oven, just long enough to dry them out.
This clever combination of pecans and quinoa is from a recipe contributed by Missy Brown of The Raw Alchemical Kitchen. I juiced beets and used to juice to color these a festive (and healthy!) red. You can also make these with raw cacao or carob for a different flavor.
Ideal Holiday Cookie for the Raw Lifestyle
Missy is a contributor in Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Healthy Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging. I have made several variations on this wonderful base, including Pumpkin Whoopi Pies. For the past few years, I have made these Iced Peppermint Quookies for my holiday menu for the monthly raw foods classes I teach in Tampa. Having a jar of coconut butter in your pantry is a very good idea to make these impromptu desserts!
Iced Peppermint Quookies
Ingredients for the Base:
1 cup quinoa (soaked at least 6 hours, rinsed and drained)
1 cup of raw pecans
1/3 cup agave or coconut nectar
1 TB. vanilla (alcohol-free) extract or powder
1 tsp. salt
Juice from 1-2 beets for red coloring – you can also replace with cacao if you prefer a chocolate version
Directions: Place pecans in food processor and briefly pulse to break them down. Add the quinoa and other ingredients and mix well. Taste for sweetness and add more agave/nectar if desired. Add more beet juice if needed to deepen color. Place parchment paper on dehydrator screen and form 8-12 equal rounds. Dehydrate up to 5 hours at 115 degrees until they can be peeled gently off the parchment and turned over on the screens. Then dehydrate a few more hours until dry and pliable but not brittle.
Sweetener of your choice
Mix several tablespoons of coconut butter with half as much coconut oil and blend in food processor until smooth adding 1 teaspoon peppermint flavoring. Add sweetener if you prefer this icing sweeter but remember that the Quookies will be sweet, too. This will turn into an icing if refrigerated.
Here is a photo of the batter before dehydrating: