Raw: "Girl Scout Cookie"

Eating "raw" means consuming any foods that are unprocessed, whole plant based, and not heated above 115 degrees. Cooking foods is said to break down natural enzymes that are essential to enhance the body and help fight diseases. You may be thinking of all the limitations that eating raw puts on some of the world's favorite foods, especially baked goods.
Lets take one example: Samoa girl scout cookies
Somoa girl scout cookies are among the very popular line of delicious but not-so-healthy treats
 Take a look at all the ingredient list for these cookies from girlscouts.org:

Now, take a look at this list of ingredients:
Ingredients: Dates, unsweeted coconut, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, salt
Which list sounds more attractive?
The second list is not only shorter and full of ingredients that you can easily obtain yourself, but when combined makes an excellent raw cookie with no added sugar that tastes like your original processed and preservative-full Somoas. (an adaption of chocolatecoveredkatie's Somoa fudge babies)

Raw "Somoa" Clusters
Adapted from: chocolatecoveredkatie
yield: 12 

-packed 1/2 cup pitted dates
- 3 tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
-pinch sea salt
-1/4 cup chocolate chips

-extra 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
-extra unsweetened shredded coconut

1. Blend all the ingredients, reserving extra chocolate and coconut on the side, in a food processor until they bind together. 
2. Remove from food processor and stir in mini chocolate chips.
3. Roll into 1 inch balls and coat in the extra unsweetened coconut. 

*Extra: Melt some more chocolate and drizzle over the top of the clusters 
*Store in sealed container and place in freezer. (Dates can't freeze, so the clusters will remain soft and stay good longer!)

I also tested out the raw Thin Mint cookies on chocolatecoveredkatie's blog while making one change. In place of using peppermint extract, I used dōTERRA peppermint essential oil, which is a powerful edible oil with therapeutic benefits given to me by a friend, distributer of the oils, and the creator of the raw, healthy, and delicious Ding-Bat Bars

 Raw "Thin Mint" Brownies
Adapted from: chocolatecoveredkatie
Yield: 12

-1 cup walnuts
-1 1/3 cup pitted dates
-1 tsp. vanilla
-5 tbsp. carob powder
-3 tbsp. chocolate chips
-1.5 tsp. agave
-dash sea salt
- a few drops peppermint extract or doterra essential oil

-extra mini chocolate chips

1. Combine all ingredients, except extra mini chocolate chips, in a food processor until they bind together.
2. Form into balls and press down with palm to flatten.
3. Press extra mini chocolate chips into each brownie.

*Store in a sealed container in the freezer. Just like the clusters, these raw treats have a high moisture content and will stay longer in the freezer, but will become frozen because of the dates.

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