Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger is a fun monthly event that gives me an opportunity to really get to know a blogger and her recipes well. Since April in the Raw and My Raw Challenge were quickly approaching, I knew that Leanne of Healthful Pursuit was the perfect blogger for me to adopt. I had admired several of her raw dessert recipes in the past, because they looked so delicious that it was hard to believe they were actually healthy (or raw, for that matter). I had also made Leanne’s Runners’ Repair Cookies for the Husband for Valentine’s Day. (Yes, in our house, recovery cookies are romantic.)
Leanne is a holistic nutritionist who writes a beautiful blog filled with healthy tips and recipes that make you feel good just reading them! She just posted about her journey to health in honor of her upcoming 25th birthday, and I highly recommend that you check it out here.
Today I made Leanne’s Raw Cashew Lemon Drops. Made with 4 simple ingredients, cashews, dates, coconut oil, and lemon, these tasty treats were a snap to make.
Sinking my teeth into these chewy, lemony delights was pure pleasure! Raw cookies! I never would have though it was possible! So, of course, I couldn’t stop there.
Today became Raw Cookie Day. (Although it looks like Donut Hole Day, doesn’t it? I was having some serious flashbacks to my childhood.)
Then I “unbaked” Leanne’s No Bake Apricot Nut Fifteens. It’s clear why she calls these Fifteens. They take no time at all to make…that is if you follow her simple directions. Made with apricots, prunes, coconut, chia seeds, and walnuts, these little truffles should have been just as easy to make as the Raw Cashew Lemon Drops.
But I had a little brain freeze while preparing them. Since I’ve been attempting to eat most of my meals and snacks raw during the month of April, I am constantly stopping at Whole Foods for fresh produce, nuts, and dried fruit. I knew I had picked up dried apricots. I just knew I had. But I couldn’t find them anywhere. I did remember getting distracted by the mangos in the dried fruit section. Oh, the delicious snacks I could make with dried mangos! Maybe I hadn’t actually put the package of dried apricots in my cart. Hmmmm.
So after tearing apart my refrigerator twice, I gave up searching for the elusive apricots and decided to put those mangos to good use instead. I’d have to make No Bake Mango Nut Fifteens. After putting all of the ingredients in the food processor (except for the apricots, of course), the bag of dried apricots suddenly appeared in my deli drawer. Who puts dried fruit in the meat and cheese drawer? Apparently someone who isn’t eating meat or cheese for a month. Ugh!
So I added some apricots to the mix.
I believe this recipe could actually be made in fifteen minutes if you have your wits about you. And I believe they would stick together better if they didn’t contain hard mango pieces. I’d definitely stick with Leanne’s original recipe. But the bright orange mango chunks sure were pretty.
Leanne has been an inspiration to me for a while now. And today her raw cookie recipes inspired me to come up with my own version of raw truffles which I will share with you soon!
But for now, head over to Healthful Pursuit and find these incredible recipes and a whole lot of healthy inspiration