Last Saturday, my boyfriend and I were at a ball, organized by one of our friends with whom we used to take dancing lessons. We had a wonderful night, and I for one love dressing up and pretending to be a star for just one night! There is something seriously “grown up” about ballroom dancing, in my opinion, and I love being twirled around by my boyfriend (who happens to be a phenomenal dancer). Since our friend is the one who organizes this ball, we help clean up afterwards, which means that last Saturday I was up until 6 am. I feel almost proud! 🙂
Anyways, the next day, I was pretty out of it, logically. I was craving cake for breakfast (which we had at 2 pm on Sunday), and couldn’t decide whether going back to bed or ironing the laundry pile sounded more appealing (just kidding!). I opted for neither of the two, and made raw cookies instead.
Before I share the recipe for the insanely delicious raw chocolate tahini cookies which have chewy bits of dried mango and dark chocolate chips mixed in, I thought I’d show you my outfit for the dance on Saturday. I wore a white flary dress, which I loved, especially since nobody else wore a white dress, and so I felt extra special!
Yup, there was a red carpet. Yup, I was a superstar last weekend. 🙂
Anyways, back to the cookies. For some reason I was craving raw cookies instead of baked ones, eventhough it’s been pretty cold outside. Maybe it’s because raw cookies just tend to be more chewy than baked cookies and I was craving cake? Whatever the reason, I wanted raw cookies, and I feel like I did a pretty good job making them. These vegan, glutenfree, nutfree cookies are a perfect mix of sweet and tangy due to the mango, and have that comforting taste only chocolate and a mild seed/nutbutter like tahini can produce.
I am still on my tahini-roll (see my Autumn Oatmeal Bowl or the Green Mango Tahini Smoothie I posted on Monday), and I somehow doubt it’ll stop anytime soon. Tahini is the way to go, people! I especially love that it’s not as pricey as, say, almond butter, and it’s slightly bitter taste make any sweet or savory treat milder. And more creamy and comforting, like I said.
Whether or not you add dried mango or cranberries/raisins/gojiberries or leave the dried fruit out altogether, it really doesn’t matter. The “dough” tastes perfect on its own, too, so don’t fret it if you don’t have the add-ins. You could add some nuts, if you’re not allergic, or toast some sesame seeds to add if you’re not concerned about the cookies being raw and want a fun extra crunch.
Raw Mango Chocolate Cookies
- 1 cup + 2 heaped Tbs. oats
- 6 dates
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 1 1/2 Tbs. cocoa
- 1 Tbs. maple syrup
- 4 Tbs. hemp milk (or other plantmilk)
- 1/6 cup chopped dried mango
- 1/6 cup chocolate chips
- a drizzle of salt
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla, ground
1. Place 1 cup of oats in a food processor and grind into a flour. Add the dates, tahini, cocoa, salt and vanilla, and process until well-combined. It will still be very crumbly.
2. Add the maple syrup and hemp milk, and process until a smooth dough forms.
3. Chop the mango into small bits, and soak in warm water for 1 minute. Drain, and add to the dough, along with the chocolate chips and the 2 Tbs. of oats.
4. Knead into a dough, then roll into balls and press down lightly to form cookies.
5. Place the cookies in the fridge for at least 1 hour, until firm. Enjoy straight from the freezer!
I am sure cacao nibs would also go well in these cookies, if you’re looking to elminiate the chocolate chips. I recently found these chocolate chips at Edeka, and they are vegan, which I appreciate. More on the chocolate chips and other new products I have tested lately is coming up in a new product-review-post!
If you’d like to add an even more exotic taste to these cookies, switch out the 2 Tbs. of oats for 2 Tbs. of coconut flour or shredded coconut!
You could always roll these into normal blissballs/energy bites. But I much preferred them as cookies last week, as I feel like I take my time enjoying a cookie, while I usually gulp down the energy bites when I’m on the run.
I enjoyed these with a steaming cup of tea on the side, and I loved how cold they were in comparison to the hot HOT tea. I am sure these won’t last long, as I had no problem eating three of these on the side, after having licked clean the bowl as I was making them already! The batch is fairly small, which is mostly because my boyfriend’s no fan of raw goodies, but it also keeps my snacking monster in check.
It’s almost the weekend, which I am looking forward to so much, as I’ll be off from school for one week! I’m looking forward to a bit of recipe testing for Christmas treats and dishes…