Raw Pecan cookies - vegan too!

Raw vegan pecan cookies

We are just loving all these raw foods, and particularly the sweet or dessert ones.

These raw pecan cookies were so easy, and of course delicious.

The original recipe came from Anya Ladra's book - 'Raw Food detox'
Her recipe called for maple syrup, but that is ridiculously expensive, so I substituted a mixture of agave nectar and xylitol syrup.

I used the following:

1 1/2 cups pecan nuts
6 soft pitted dates
2 Tbsp - half agave nectar and half xylitol syrup
1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/2 tspn ground cinnamon
1/4 tspn rock salt

Soak the pecans for about an hour in cold water.
Thoroughly drain the pecans.
Put all the ingredients into a food processor.
Pulse until well combined but still a bit chunky.
Divide the mixture into 8 to 10 pieces and shape into cookies about 1.5 cm thick.
Place on a non-stick dehydrator sheet.
Dehydrate at about 115 degrees till dry but still soft inside.

Some notes;

1 - dates are used so often as a sweetener and thickener in raw food preparation. We buy a kilo bag and keep the dates in a bowl soaking in the fridge.
2 - The recipes don't always mention melting coconut oil, but I find it much better to do this.
3 - The recipe as per book says dehydrate for 15 to 20 hours. We have generally found less dehydrating time is needed than recipes call for. For this one, I think we dried for about 10 hours only. (We have the Excalibur 9 tray dehydrator)
4 - You can buy plastic dehydrator sheets, but we use baking parchment.

Bon apetit.

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