Raw Chocolate Trail Mix Cookies

May 27, 2015

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I have to be honest, it was a little tough coming back to a cold, gray, rainy Colorado last week after our week long trip back home in California. But thankfully after several days of more thunderstorms, the sun has emerged and proven that there still is a blue sky up there – it had just been hiding for about a month! Its amazing how sunshine brews happiness, and regenerates inside of me that itch to get off the grid and get my hiking and camping game on. I’m excited to see what Colorado has in store for us this summer.

Speaking of excitement – I can hardly believe that a week from today I will be flying to New York City to attend the Saveur Blog Awards! PINCH ME. I just want to thank you all again for being so awesome and nominating Faring Well in the Best New Voice category. I never dreamed I would be attending these awards in my first year of blogging, and can hardly see straight when I think of all the amazing bloggers I am going to meet at this shin-dig. I’d also like to give a huge thank you to my crazy generous in-laws. When they heard I wasn’t going to the ceremony because we couldn’t afford it – they made it happen. I’m constantly so overwhelmed by the love and generosity from both Scott and I’s parents. I asked Scott the other day, “I don’t know where we would be if we didn’t have our amazing parents,” and he responded, “In a gutter.” It’s so true.

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Back when we lived in California I use to make raw desserts all the time, and visiting home last week gave me an itch to start making them once more. So the day after we got back I whipped up a batch of these raw chocolate trail mix cookies. They were one of the first raw desserts I ever made back when I first went vegan three and a half years ago. I was so excited to discover a healthy, chocolate treat I could make when I needed my chocolate fix + a healthy energy boost. I use to snack on these in the afternoon before heading into a night of serving at the restaurant, or curl up on the couch with a small bowlful for a movie night with Scott. As a snack, or a treat, these cookies rock. They are super chocolatey, perfectly sweetened with all-natural date goodness, and have a sweet coconut and tangy cranberry aftertaste. Not to mention a much-need crunch from the pepitas (that I believe every good snack should have, I like my crunch). Make these babies and keep a batch in the freezer for when you need a little energy boost throughout the day, or a chocolate fix, and don’t feel bad about snacking on them one bit.

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RAW CHOCOLATE TRAIL MIX COOKIES
Makes 16 to 18 cookies. 

Tid-bits: I’ve found that cashews and almonds create the best consistency and flavor for this cookie – but feel free to substitute walnuts or pecans in here if that it what you have on hand. It is definitely essential that you use raw cacao powder to obtain the rich, chocolate flavor noted in this recipe – as well as to make sure you are getting the most nutrients from the glorious superfood that is the cacao bean. Dried cherries are good in here too if you aren’t a cranberry fan, and feel free to throw in some chia seeds or hemp seeds for an extra nutrient boost.

Ingredients
1 cup raw cashews
1 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup organic shredded/flaked coconut
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
pinch of salt I use pink Himalayan
10 medjool dates dried
2 tablespoons filtered water
1/3 cup organic fruit-sweetened dried cranberries
1/3 cup raw pepitas

Begin by adding the cashews and almonds to the bowl of a food processor and processing until they resemble a coarse meal. Add in the coconut, cacao powder, and salt. Blend for a few seconds to incorporate. Add the dried medjool dates, after pitting and slicing them in half. Run the processor on high until the dates are completely incorporated and the mixture is sticky but crumbly. Add 2 tablespoons of filtered water and pulse a few times to incorporate. Add the dried cranberries and pepitas. Run the processor on high once more until the mixture comes together as a whirling sticky ball. Scoop spoonfuls using a small cookie scoop, or a spoon, and roll into balls. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and set in the freezer for ten minutes to allow the dough to set up. Remove and press down on the tops with a fork to create little cookies. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the freezer. I like to let mine chill for a few hours before eating. Serve cold from the freezer.

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  • valentina | sweet kabocha May 27, 2015 at 7:06 am

    All finalist are going to New York? Wow!! I hope you’ll win, you totally deserve it <3

    • Faring Well May 27, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      They are all invited! Feeling super blessed to get to go. And you are WAY too kind, I’m just excited to be there! <3

  • Sasha Swerdloff || TENDING the TABLE May 27, 2015 at 8:05 am

    These look delicious and a lot like the bars I make to take hiking. You really can’t beat plain old nuts and fruit! How exciting that you’re going to NY. I can’t wait to hear all about it!

    • Faring Well May 27, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      Totes perfect for a hike! And thank you so so much – I am SO stoked too!

  • Anna May 27, 2015 at 8:11 am

    yumm so many good ingredients together!!

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    • Faring Well May 27, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      Thanks Anna! Agreed :)

  • Michelle @ Hummingbird High May 27, 2015 at 8:54 am

    YAY!!! I’m so excited to hang out next week in NYC!!!! So glad you were able to go (and it’s VERY sweet that your in-laws helped you out — that shit was PRICEY, I cringe thinking about the dent it made in my bank account).

    These cookies look EPIC (as usual).

    • Faring Well May 27, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      Eeeee YES! I am so excited too! CANNOT WAIT. And I know right, I’m so overwhelmed by their generosity, just too much! It is going to be so awesome all hanging together and celebrating, one week chica! ONE WEEK! (And thanks for the cookies love!!)

  • Sarah May 27, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Ahh I just found your blog and I had to comment to say how beautiful all your photographs are! Stunning!

    • Faring Well May 27, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      Sarah! You’re so kind, thank you! <3

  • Rebeca May 27, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    I love the sound of these! Cookies that are made in a breeze and sweetened with dates – totally my thing. Here’s to enjoying every minute of NYC and hopefully winning too! Your in-laws are certainly awesome.

    • Faring Well May 27, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      Thank you so much Rebeca :) you should totally whip these up soon and get your snack on. And thanks for the well wishes in NYC and my sweet in-laws, I’ll cheers to all of that! Hope you are having a stellar week <3

  • abigail May 27, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    These look fantastic! One question – the recipe calls very specifically for dried dates, and I’m wondering if these are any different than the packaged dates that I usually buy at my local co-op?

    • Faring Well May 27, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      Thanks Abigail! And those would be the right ones, as long as they are not fresh – most dates you fined are packaged in their dried state!

  • Victoria May 27, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Gosh it’s 11pm and these are making me hungry…

    • Faring Well May 27, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Midnight snack-attack! ;)

  • Ingrid May 27, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    These look like a delicious snack! I reaaally hope you win. And so sweet of your in-laws. They must be so proud of you. Enjoy the trip! x

    • Faring Well May 28, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      Thank you so much Ingrid! May just need to bring these for a snack on the plane. Really excited too and blown away by Scott’s folks. Hope you’re having a great week and congrats on the new nutritionist position! <3

  • Maya May 27, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    these look so amazing! I love the cranberry and pepita combo for the beautiful colours as well as the flavour :)

    • Faring Well May 28, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      Thanks so much Maya! Those two ingredients definitely make the treat an extra something special ;)

  • Valentina @Hortus May 28, 2015 at 1:50 am

    YAY!! As last year’s winner of the same category, I am SO happy you’re the one in charge this year! Your blog is awesome and you totally deserve to have the time of your life in NY! :D it’s gonna be awesome.
    And these cookies look great! I’m pinning them on my to-do list!
    I can’t wait to see the posts about the Saveur awards!

    • Faring Well May 28, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      Valentina! That means so much, thank you! And congratulations on winning last year. That is so awesome. I’m just so excited to even go and participate in all the fun festivities, going to be a blast! <3

  • Kathryn May 28, 2015 at 3:34 am

    I’m a big fan of raw cookies – I find they always hit the spot and are often way more satisfying than their baked counterparts. Can’t wait to make these asap. And have the best time in New York; I’m so glad that you’re able to go and celebrate the brilliance that is your blog!

    • Faring Well May 28, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      Right?! I totally agree. Really want to make another batch, just need breaks in between washing that food processor ;). And thank you about NYC! You are way way too kind about my blog, your support and friendship has always meant so much <3

  • Shelly @ Vegetarian 'Ventures May 28, 2015 at 10:15 am

    YAY – can’t wait to follow along on your NY adventures next week! What a great opportunity!

    • Faring Well May 28, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      Thank you Shelly! Super stoked as well! YAY indeed <3

  • Lenka May 29, 2015 at 3:56 am

    Hi,
    Congrats!
    I love the idea of adding pepitas, just wondering how I could substitue coconut flakes. I really dislike the taste (not to use a stronger word), so anything with coconut is a no-no for me – I know, I know, the healthiness, etc, but won’t go). And I wouldn’t want to add more nuts instead. Sunflower seeds? More pepitas? Carob (but actually, I wouldn’t combine it with cacao)? I’ll think about it …
    Keep up the good work!

    • Faring Well May 29, 2015 at 7:21 am

      Hi there Lenka! Thank you! You can totally just leave out the coconut. Maybe only add a teaspoon of water at a time rather than a tablespoon at the end because the dough may be less dry with the absence of the coconut. But should work out just fine!

    • Lenka May 29, 2015 at 8:43 am

      Hey hey! Thanks for the speedy reply!
      Just put the main of the bulk in the freezer – though it’s difficult to stop at two cookies … ;)
      Added some oat flakes and sunflower seeds, and I had grated almond at hand instead of whole one, so I had to add some water (also due to somewhat drier dates, not medjool unfortunately, but just fine nonetheless), and the result is goood …. mmmm … All the best!

      • Faring Well May 30, 2015 at 8:02 am

        Oh yay! Great substitutions, and I’m so so glad they turned out yummy! Have a great weekend Lenka! <3

  • Becca May 29, 2015 at 6:41 am

    these look AMAZING. I’ve been looking for a new healthy cookie recipe and I’m so glad you’ve provided one. Congrats on the trip to NYC for the food blog awards, you deserve it lady!!

    • Faring Well May 29, 2015 at 7:22 am

      Thanks so much Becca! These are my favorite, I hope you enjoy them too! And sheesh you are too sweet, I am super excited to go, thanks for your kind words and congrats! <3

  • Sus @ roughmeasures.com May 29, 2015 at 10:33 am

    These are like my FAVE thing thats happened this week. They’re SO GOOD! Wishing you all the luck at the awards, you SO DESERVE to win! Enjoy it, what a lovely treat from your in laws. Can’t wait to hear all about it. X

    • Faring Well May 30, 2015 at 8:03 am

      That just made my heart so happy! Thank you Sus! And I know it is the sweetest treat ever, so wonderful – and thank you for the good luck wishes at the awards! Hope you have a stellar weekend :)

  • Jan May 29, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    We are so blessed to be Jessie’s in-laws and you are all so right when you say she totally deserves to win. We are blown away by what she has accomplished thru her blog and now it’s time for her to enjoy the fruit of her labors. Getting to be a part of getting her to NYC for the awards was a no-brainer and a testament to just how proud everyone back home is of her.

    • Faring Well May 30, 2015 at 8:05 am

      Jan you are just the sweetest and I love you so much! Your support means the world and I am so so lucky to have you as my mother-in-law. Hugs to both you and Rex! xoxo

  • Hannah | The Swirling Spoon May 30, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    That’s fantastic news! What a great opportunity, I hope you have the best time. :) And reading Jan’s comment above just about melted me haha.
    Also these cookies look legit.

    • Faring Well June 1, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      Aw thanks so so much Hannah! Really appreciate it. You’re the sweetest. And isn’t she the best? Totally melted me too <3. As for the cookies, they are soooo legit ;) hope you get to experience their awesomeness soon!

  • lynsey | lynseylovesfood June 2, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Biggest congrats on Saveur!!! Enjoy every second of NYC!! And these cookies. yes!! xo

    • Faring Well June 2, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      Eeeeee thanks so much Lynsey!