Raw Cacao Walnut Cookies

You may have heard about the health benefits of chocolate – like it has antioxidant power and positive effects on cholesterol and blood pressure.

But don’t go wolfing a Snickers just yet – because the more processed and cooked a chocolate item is, the less likely it is to bring you healthy goodness.

While dark chocolate is a better option, you do lose some nutritional value in the heating process. So when I received my new dehydrator, I purchased some raw cacao powder, which has over 25,000 antioxidants in every spoonful!

We’re all familiar with the lovely smell of chocolate goodies baking in the oven, but I was struck at the amazing scent of the raw cookie dough. It was incredibly aromatic – though the mixture was raw, it smelled like the cookies were already in a warm oven.

Except these didn’t make it to the oven – they were raw, delicious and healthy, though they tasted so decadent you’d never imagine they were good for you.

Have you used raw cacao powder before? And if you have, what’s your favourite way to use it?

Raw Cacao Walnut Cookies
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gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free, raw
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16
  • 2 cups ground almonds
  • ½ cup ground flax seed
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ⅓ cup agave
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Mix ground almonds, flax and cacao powder. Stir in oil, water, agave and vanilla.
  2. When everything is well mixed, stir in chopped walnuts.
  3. Form into balls, press flat with palms and place on dehydrator screens.
  4. Dehydrate for one hour at 145, then reduce to 116 and dehydrate for at least 5 hours or until desired dryness is achieved.


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8 Responses to Raw Cacao Walnut Cookies

  1. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide April 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    I love flax seed in bread, haven’t tried it in cookies. I can almost smell these!

  2. czechvegan April 27, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    Oh, walnuts and raw cacao are my two favourite things put into one cookie! But I don´t have a dehydrator…maybe a oven would do the trick also:)

    • Sondi Bruner April 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

      If you put them in the oven, do it at the lowest temperature. They won’t be 100% raw, but they will still taste amazing.

  3. Brenda May 1, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    I assume you could use pecans (which I prefer) instead of walnuts, but what is the nutritional difference between the two?

    • Sondi Bruner May 1, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

      Yes, you could sub another nut if you wanted to. I believe walnuts have been studied way more than pecans, so there’s lots of info out there on walnuts and their anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as their benefits on the heart. Walnuts have omega 3 fatty acids, as well as plenty of vitamins and minerals, but pecans are good for you too – they’ve got good fats, vitamins and minerals. Perhaps walnuts are more popular because they are slightly less expensive than pecans?

  4. Slimming Skinny August 27, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    Oh my, I love how you combine all the nutty goodness in this recipe. Cacao has so anti-oxidants and minerals in it! Is there a difference in taste between using the oven and dehydrator?

    • Sondi Bruner August 28, 2011 at 9:57 am #

      I’m not sure, since I’ve never tried this in the oven. I’d imagine there would be a slight change in flavour. Let me know how they turn out if you try them in the oven!

  5. spawax1 February 3, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    This recipe sounds so yummy! My favorite way to use raw cacao is in a smoothie with frozen bananas, raw almond butter, raw cacao, and just enough water to get the blender going. It come out a sorbet texture. I top it with whatever kind of nuts I have on hand. I’ll never need icecream again!