The moment you've all been waiting for... RAW vegan oreos.
I've called them omego oreos for the redeeming quality of the omega fatty acids that pumpkin seeds are famous for. There's iron in the dried fruit and calcium in the carob, other than that this cookie's strength is in it's taste, texture and it's cute black and white sandwich self. Enjoy!
These are so rich and yummy, my next suggestion is almost guilding the lily - but moderation has never really been my strength. Sooo consider blending the meat from 4 young coconuts with just enough water to get the blender turning and DIP the oreos into this amazingly creamy delight. You won't be disappointed!
For the cookie:
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1 cup of dates
- 1 cup of raisins
- 3/4 cup carob
- 1 cup coconut flakes
For the filling:
- 8 cups of dried coconut flakes
- optional: 1 tablespoon of honey, splash of vanilla extract OR mint extract
To make the cookie:
Blend the coconut flakes in a dry food processor until they meld into a paste-like consistency. It may become a soupy mixture or it may be more grainy, either way you want it to be soft and any sign of the flakes to be gone. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until the mixture forms a smooth dough. Shape the dough into two cylinders, each the diameter of an oreo.
Knead the dough well to work out any cracks or bubbles in the cylinders.
You will find that a lot of rich oil will ooze out of the dough as you knead it to form the cylinders. Save this oil - it is a nutritious spread that tastes like carob. If you come up with a better use for it - please let me know!!
Place the logs in the freezer. I usually find that by the time I have the filling made and the kitchen cleaned up, the cylinders are firm and cold and ready to be turned in to cookies.
To make the filling:
Blend the coconut flakes in a dry food processor until they meld into a paste-like consistency. It may become a soupy mixture or it may be more grainy, either way you want it to be soft and warm and any sign of the flakes to be gone. If you wish, at this point you can add honey or vanilla or mint extract.
Pour it out into a bowl, knead it with your hands if it is a bit grainy to smooth it out a bit.
To make the oreo sandwiches:
With a sharp knife,cut slices off of the cookie cylinder. Work fast, as the colder the cylinder the rounder and thinner your cookies will be.
Scoop a small of amount of filling onto the cookies to sort of glue the two halves together. Shape them with your hands to round perfection.