raw, vegan, salted peanut butter cookies

when i get on a sugar kick i’m like buddy the elf!  and during the holidays i always loosen up a bit and eat more of the stuff i generally try to avoid- refined sugar, white flour, processed goodies!  its yummy fun but i also find that after a few weeks of treating myself my regular food doesn’t taste nearly as good as it used to.  which means it’s time for a cleanse!  so i return to really clean eating- lots of juicing, fruits and vegetables.  but i inevitably miss the sweets.  that’s why i knew the second i spotted this that i had my answer.  a raw cookie with no sugar, no flour, no processing at all?  genius i tell you, genius!  they aren’t the same as a true dry, flaky peanut butter cookie but they’re close enough for me!  and the best part: after eating one i feel satisfied instead of feeling like i probably need to eat three more.  that sugar addiction, it’s a crazy thing!  i hope you love them as much as i do! 

recipe after the jump:

the what:

1 cup of raw almonds (you can use roasted as well if you’d prefer)

1/2 cup of peanut butter (i used creamy, unsalted)

1 cup pitted medjool dates

1 1/4 teaspoons of vanilla extract

maldon sea salt to garnish

the how:

- combine almonds, peanut butter, dates and vanilla in a food processor and blend until a dough-like texture is achieved (a couple of minutes).  add more peanut butter if necessary to make the dough stickier *

- form into small balls and use a fork to press down and create a crisscross pattern

- sprinkle liberally with maldon sea salt

- store in refrigerator (in my opinion they were better the next day!)

*i was concerned about the motor in our food processor being overworked so i used the dry container in our vitamix to break down the almonds into a pasty flour before i added everything to the food processor.  almond flour could also be substituted if you don’t have access to a vitamix!

 this recipe was modified just a little from this recipe