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Pumpkin Banana Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Are you a fan of pumpkin?  Banana?  Cranberry?  How about chocolate?!  Ah, I see that I got your attention.  :)  I will admit that this cookie will make your taste buds come alive as your senses try to take in all the yummy flavors that are packed inside.   I am “this close” to admitting that this could be my new favorite cookie!  They are wonderful to have on hand throughout the holidays.  You could easily make them ahead of time and then tuck them into the freezer.

I took some to my faithful tastetesters who are not raw foodies to get some feedback, and they were well received and loved!  There are two groups of people who I love to employ as taste- testers;  those that eat the typical SAD diet, and children.  Why those two groups?  First off, those who eat the typical SAD diet tend to have taste buds that lend themselves to pure comfort foods.  Their main focus is not whether it is healthy or not, they just want good tasting food!  So, if it gets thumbs up from them, I know I am onto something good.  Little do they know that I snuck in the bonus of it being healthy for them.   Secondly, children… they won’t eat food unless it is good, no ifs, and or buts about it!  If they don’t like it, not only will they spit it out they will tell you why!  I love their brutal honesty!  If it passes with a thumbs up from them,  I know the recipe is a win!  This is my normal routine when I make new recipes.  I don’t ask you to just trust my taste buds, I send them through a large array of eaters to get feedback before I post.

Ingredients: Yield 87 cookies!

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ¾ cup raw agave nectar
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ¼ cup Sucanat, ground to powder in spice grinder
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked for 2-4 hours (see below)
  • ½ cup raw macadamia nuts, soaked 2-4 hours (see below)

Dry ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. In a high-speed blender, combine all wet ingredients except for nuts.  Blend until smooth.
  2. Add soaked nuts, and blend again until very smooth.
  3. Place all dry ingredients in a food processor and pulse to combine, then place in a large bowl.
  4. Transfer the wet ingredients to the large bowl and mix well (batter will be very thick).
  5. Using a cookie scoop, scoop out the cookie batter and drop it on the teflex sheet that comes with your dehydrator.  Take 1 cashew and 1 dried cranberry and press it down into the center of the cookie.  You will only need to repeat this process 86 more times. haha
  6. Dehydrate at 145 degrees for 1 hour, reduce temp to 105 degrees and dry for 2-3 hours, until firm to the touch.  If the batter is set up well enough, remove the teflex sheet and continue dehydrating on the mesh screen of the tray for an additional 20 hrs or until desired dryness is achieved.
  7. A note about Sucanat sugar: It is NOT a raw sweetener. It has a deep brown color and a distinct, natural molasses flavor that enhances many foods. It can be substituted for brown sugar in any recipe and it is especially good in chocolate-based recipes.  Wholesome Sweeteners Fair Trade Organic Sucanat® (which stands for Sugar Cane Natural), is a whole cane sugar.  It’s made by simply crushing freshly cut sugar cane, extracting the juice and heating it in a large vat.  Once the juice is reduced to a rich, dark syrup, it is hand-paddled. Hand paddling cools and dries the syrup, creating the dry porous granules we call Sucanat.  Nothing is added and nothing is taken out!
  8. Enjoy and share!

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4 thoughts on “Pumpkin Banana Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Jami says:

    Well…they made it past exit 279, but not by much! I ate them ALL! Yummmy!!!

    • amie-sue says:

      You ate them all? You ate all those bundles of joy yourself? lol I so love you Jami. hahahaha I forgot to take a picture of the kale for my recipe before I gave them to you…now I have to make them again. darn! haha I will do so next week once we get back. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family….love and hugs. amie sue

  2. Alex says:

    Wow,. what a treat these cookies are! I could not believe my taste buds when i tried them-that you could accomplish such a taste and texture with such humble ingredeints! Great, thanks and keep on inventing such stuff!

    • amie-sue says:

      Thank you Alex. I appreciate you sharing that and I am so glad that you are enjoying them. Have a great weekend. amie sue

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