Paleo cookies, No Cook cookies, Hippie cookies, whatever you want to call them they're a sweet snack made with 100% real ingredients. And they're surprisingly good for something so good for you. ;)
Today, it is my pleasure, to introduce you to the gooey, sweet goodness of "ies".
What is an ie, you ask? It is a cookie with the cook removed, therefore making it simply an "ie". They're Paleo cookies that you don't bake. They're fast, easy and delicious. I say that as someone who isn't Paleo in any way shape or form. In fact I've been known to eat a mashed potato sandwich on occasion.
In this household these cookies are known as The Hippie Cookies.
Why Hippie Cookies? Because they're made with dates and nuts and all natural hippie type stuff you're likely to come across while traipsing through the forest in your Birkenstocks. Why are you in the forest? I don't know. You're the hippie. You're probably chasing butterflies or trying to find that "special" plant you planted in the spring.
There's no flour or sugar. They get their sweetness from the dates and dried berries and get texture from the seeds and nuts. See? Total hippie cookies.
The Hippie Cookie is also a good name because while you're making them you inevitably get the uncontrollable urge to splash on some patchouli oil and browse Kijiji for a righteous Volkswagen van.
I was introduced to these cookies in a stupid meal plan I was forced to partake in several years ago because the guy who ran my ex-boyfriend's gym thought it would be a good idea for everyone to eat whole foods and no carbs at all, for 2 months. Asshole. These cookies were the only thing that got me through it. If it weren't for these and the bags of potato chips and McCain frozen pizzas I ate once my ex went to bed I don't know what I would have done.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, the most delightful part of these cookies is the fact that you don't cook them. Yes. I said delightful.
PALEO HIPPIE COOKIES
In a food processor pulse the almonds, walnuts and cinnamon until they resemble coarse flour.
Like so ...
Add the remaining ingredients and pulse.
It helps to pulse the dates a few at a time.
Once the dates are in ¼ - ½ chunks and the dough forms into a ball, stop mixing
Roll the dough into a long tube. I'm really sorry, but it will look like poo.
Slice the dough whatever size you want.
Form into cookie shape and refrigerate.
Depending on the dates and how long you process the dough for, the ies may become oily. This is normal.
No matter how I tried, I could not make these ies look delicious in a photograph.
They still look like poo. They look better in real life. But not much. They taste much better than they look.
The original recipe called for Medjool dates but those are usually pretty expensive. Approximately the same price per pound as plutonium. So I've substituted with honey or cooking dates and they work perfectly.
- 2 cups dates
- 1 cup almonds
- ½ cup walnuts
- 5-6 Tablespoons dried berries blueberries, goji berries, cranberries, raisins etc.
- 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon Sunflower Seeds
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- In a food processor pulse the almonds, walnuts and cinnamon until they resemble coarse flour.
- Add the remaining ingredients and pulse.
- Once the dates are in ¼ – ½ chunks and the dough forms into a ball, stop mixing
- Roll the dough into a long tube. I’m really sorry, but it will look like poo.
- Refrigerate for an hour to firm it up before slicing.
- Slice the dough crosswise to whatever size cookie you want. I generally cut them to between ¼ and ½ an inch thick.