|raw food recipe: lime, ginger, coconut cashew cookies|
I discovered this recipe because I ran out of walnuts and almonds to make one my favorite raw food pies. I didn't have time to hit the store but had all these raw cashews in my refridgerator. For some reason, there aren't a lot of raw food cookie or pie recipes that use cashews as the star ingredient. I'm not sure why that is, but I decided to see if I could find a way to make my cashews into a cookie.
I remembered a Caribbean recipe called "Yellowman's Banana Lime Bread" from my Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant Cookbook. This bread has a wonderful flavor mixture of tart lime, spicy ginger, and fragrant coconut that kept me coming back time and again. The cashews reminded me of the flour and banana base used to highlight these Caribbean flavors. I was convinced that the lime and ginger would mellow the sweetness of the cashews and make an interesting dessert.
Here is the raw food dessert alternative that was inspired by Caribbean banana bread.
Raw Food Recipe: Lime, Ginger, Coconut Cashew CookiesMakes 4 Cookies
1/2 cup of raw cashews
3 tablespoons of raw dried coconut flakes
1 pinch of salt
1 teaspoon of fresh minced ginger
1 tablespoon of lime juice
1 teaspoon of honey
- Place the cashews, coconut flakes, salt, and ginger in a food processor and mix into a fine texture.
- Add the lime juice and honey. Mix just until the dough starts to stick together.
- Roll the cookie dough into small balls and pop in your mouth.
Other Serving Suggestions:
- Make a fresh fruit puree to dip your cookies in.
- Put a spoonful of cookie dough into a bowl and top it with a puree of fresh berries and chopped fruit just like ice cream.
- Flatten the dough like a pizza pie crust and refrigerate for an hour. Make a puree of fresh berries to spread across the the crust like jam and slice some fresh bananas to sprinkle on top. Serve like a pie.