Saturday, January 19, 2013

Raw Salted Peanut Butter Cookies

These days with everyone being on a different diet or discovering a new allergy sometimes it's the little things that you miss. When a friend of mine told me she was recently off gluten and sugar my mind immediately went to making a treat for her that she could enjoy.  These cookies don't require any effort, special ingredients or time for that matter. All you need is a good food processor that won't burn out after a couple of minutes! Don't forget the final step of adding the sea salt, it takes these cookies from "thanks for the cookies!" to "when can I get more?"

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Simply pureed almonds, medjool dates and peanut butter sprinkled with coarse sea salt and ready right out of the mixer.

Raw Peanut Butter Cookies
makes 12 small cookies
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup dates
1/2 cup raw peanut butter or unsweetened, unsalted natural creamy pb
1/2 tsp almond extract
water, if necessary
coarse sea salt

Blend the almonds in a food processor for 5 minutes until they break down into flour. Add the dates and blend 2 minutes more. Add the peanut butter and extract and blend until the cookies form a dough, adding 2-4 tbl of water if necessary.
Once the cookie dough is completely formed and as smooth as you can get it, scoop out into small balls and flatten.
Sprinkle the tops with sea salt and enjoy. Once chilled, they will be more firm but I enjoy these at room temperature.

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