Delicious, Healthier Raw “Oreos”… Oreos. Just made a little healthier!
Who doesn’t love Oreos? I certainly grew up snacking on Oreos, as well as their mini counterparts (yum!), but nowadays I cannot eat Oreos since I have to avoid gluten, and they certainly don’t align with my health goals if I ate them all the time. So, these are my go-to option for a homemade gluten-free version! Delicious Raw, vegan oreos.
Made with nutritional ingredients such as dates (high potassium, high fiber), cacao powder (hello iron, antioxidants and magnesium) as well as raw almonds (heart healthy fats!).
Coconut butter and coconut oil also offer a potentially healthier alternative to butter (some research shows the saturated fat in coconut oil may not raise blood lipid levels as much as butter) — see below. Yes, they still contain saturated fats, some medium-chain fatty acids vs long-chain (which some research shows they could be used for energy immediately rather than stored as fat), but the research is still non-conclusive. Coconut oil and coconut butter still contain a high amount of saturated fats, which increase the risk of heart disease, so it’s still important to enjoy them in moderation! Either way, the coconut butter and oil offer up a great flavor for these cookies. 🙂
From the research standpoint – “There is no robust evidence on disease outcomes [of coconut oil vs other oils], and most of the evidence is related to lipid profiles. In comparison with other fat sources, coconut oil did not raise total or LDL cholesterol to the same extent as butter in one of the studies by Cox et al.,31 but it did increase both measures to a greater extent than did cisunsaturated vegetable oils.”
in addition, the research article states that “It has been hypothesized that the more favorable lipid profiles and lower mortality rates observed in coconut-consuming populations are due to the foods that constitute the rest of their traditional diets.” — AKA it’s all about the total balance of your diet, not just one food!
Overall, remember that coconut oil and coconut butter are still saturated fats, and there are healthier fats out there such as vegetable oil and olive oil that would be healthier options. Coconut oil should not be touted as a “miracle food” but it can certainly still be enjoyed in moderation just like other fats! I like baking with coconut oil and coconut butter due to its flavor, but prefer to cook with olive oil or avocado oil. Everything in moderation!Print
These delicious vegan and gluten free “raweos” are much healthier than the storebought version! Made with real food ingredients such as coconut oil, dates, cacao, and almonds. High in healthy fats, so enjoy in moderation! Delicious and wholesome. (GF + Vegan if using maple syrup)
- For the cookie:
- 1 cup raw nuts of choice (I used almonds)
- 6–8 medjool dates (soften for ~10 minutes in warm water)
- dash cinnamon
- 2–3 TBSP coconut oil, melted
- 1 TBSP ground flax
- 1 TBSP honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- dash of cinnamon
- dash of sea salt
- 3 heaping TBSP of cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
- optional: small scoop of chocolate protein powder (add more coconut oil if needed for proper consistency)
- For the filling:
- 1 cup coconut butter, softened
- 2–3 TBSP organic powdered sugar (or powdered stevia)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- In a food processor, add all ingredients for the cookies and blend on high until a dough-like consistency forms. If too dry, add a small amount of coconut oil until desired consistency is reached. If too oily, add more cacao powder and flax or chocolate protein powder.
- Add dough to a small bowl and let sit in fridge for about 10-15 minutes to harden a bit.
- Lay out parchment or wax paper, add cookie dough on top, then place second sheet over top. With a rolling pin, roll out dough until desired cookie thickness.
- Cut out cookies into small circle or desired shapes (I used heart cookie cutters! 🙂 )
- Next, make filling by warming up coconut butter until softened in the microwave.
- Mix in powdered sugar and vanilla extract and mix until blended.
- Top 1/2 of the cookies with ~1 TBSP filling and top with another cookie.
- Repeat until all cookies are used.
- Category: Dessert
I decorated my “raweos” with edible stars to make them even more fun! Michael’s is a great store for finding fun baking decoratives like these.
Enjoy these raw, vegan, and gluten-free treats! I’ve been taking these to work with me as a post-lunch energizing dessert. 🙂