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Raw Chocolate Walnut Cookies

15 Comments 22 April 2013

Raw Chocolate Walnut Cookies

I finally did it! I made raw cookies that aren’t dry! In fact, they are soft, moist, and delicious. And I must say that it was completely by accident. I was attempting to make these Banana Bread Protein Bites but with almond pulp instead of oats. While distracted, I added too much water to the batter. Instead of tossing the whole gloppy mess, I decided to scoop the dough into cookie shapes and see what happened in the dehydrator.

I love when my best recipes happen by accident!

I’ve made these Raw Chocolate Walnut Cookies several times now, tweaking and adjusting, and I think you’re going to love them. We do.

The recipe makes a lot of cookies, but we find that we fly through them. With the added protein powder, they’re great for pre-workout, post-workout, and grab-and-go snacks that have staying power. But you can very easily make half of the recipe.

Raw Chocolate Walnut Cookies

by Heather


  • 1 c. dates, soaked in 2 cups of water
  • 2 T. chia seeds,soaked in 1/4 c. water
  • 2 c. almond pulp leftover from making almond milk
  • 1 3/4 c. walnuts, divided
  • 4 bananas, broken into small pieces
  • 1 c. chocolate protein powder (I use Sunwarrior Warrior.)
  • 2 T. raw cacao powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 c. water (use date water)


1. Soak dates in 2 cups of water and set aside for 30 minutes

2. Soak chia seeds in 1/4 cup of water and set aside.

3. Finely chop 3/4 cup of walnuts in the food processor and set aside in a small bowl.

4. Drain soaked dates, but save the water in a 2 cup measuring cup.  If you are shy of 2 cups, add more water.

5. Place soaked dates, soaked chia seeds, almond pulp, 1 c. walnuts, bananas, protein powder, cacao, cinnamon, and sea salt into the bowl of the food processor fitted with a steel blade. As you process, pour 2 cups of date water through the chute.

6. Process until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides with a spatula if needed.

7. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop dough onto dehydrator trays lined with dehydrator sheets.

8. Press a spoonful of finely chopped walnuts onto the top of each cookie, flattening the cookie.

9. Dehydrate at 115 for 3-4 hours until firm enough to move remove from the dehydrator sheets and place directly on the mesh try. Continue dehydrating 8-10 hours more depending on desired softness of your cookies.

Makes 4 dozen cookies

Readers, dish!

  • What happy accidents have you made lately?
  • What do you do with your leftover almond pulp?

Your Comments

15 Comments so far

  1. Mmmmm these sound super tasty!!! I love finding new ways to use leftover almond pulp =)

  2. Yay for fortunate accidents :) These look amazing!

  3. Oh yummy! Those look awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Jenny Shain says:

    what should we use for
    “almond pulp leftover from making almond milk”
    -dont have.

  5. What a great accident these turned out to be!

  6. Yummy! Will definitely give these ones a go once I eat bananas and dates again – can’t wait :-)

  7. Lisa Sachen says:

    Okay, so I still have not gotten a dehydrator!!! How would I use the oven to “cook” these??

    • amber says:

      Perhaps…don’t cook them. Just pop them into your freezer for a while. Maybe that will do the trick for ya. And I have to say, my dehydrator is by far the best thing I have ever purchased in my kitchen. I HIGHLY recommend getting one. Especially if you are into raw foods. If I remember correctly, mine cost around $80.00. Best purchase I ever made.

  8. amber says:

    And…when is your raw cookbook coming out!?!

    Heather, these are so great. Love that crumbled walnut topping. I just can’t keep up with you girl. :-)

  9. These look amazing Heather! I’m making almond milk today and now I know exactly what to do with the leftover pulp :) Thanks!!!

  10. Oh my goodness this is overflowing with deliciousness! Yum!

  11. Sandy says:

    ooooo yummy! They look amazing 😀

  12. Sometimes accidents are the BEST, these look great! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Be sure to stop by to see who the winner of our So Lucky GF Basket is! We are ALSO having a fantastic giveaway this week to kick off Celiac Awareness month! :)

    Cindy from

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I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, fitness fanatic, gluten-free foodie, high-raw vegan, and Mama Cat living in NYC. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. While I'm not 100% vegan, it's my favorite way to eat, and making and sharing raw foods makes me giddy. Living in the City has its joys and challenges, and I enjoy sharing my experiences with you.

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