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No Bake Chocolate Orange Cookies

No Bake Chocolate Orange Cookies are perfect for a healthy dessert. These cookies contain just 5 ingredients and no added sugar, as they are naturally sweetened with dates.

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The first Sunday in August was spent almost entirely outdoors. I used my shiny new Divvy membership to bike to Lakeview for an almond milk latte at Heritage General Store. K and I ended up walking for several hours afterwards, knocking out a few fun errands on the way. We went out for lunch and a matinee {Trainwreck – I loved it} and made it home just in time for dinner.

All of those miles spent biking + walking left me craving something sweet last night. Enter No Bake Chocolate Orange Cookies – raw, vegan cookies with no added sugar and plenty of healthy fats from raw cashews and almonds. Add these to your dessert list ASAP!

These chocolate-y orange cookies are super easy to make, requiring only a food processor and a few minutes of your time. I used two new-to-me ingredients – orange extract and Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa powder. I am officially in love with this combination for a sweet, healthy dessert – you can’t go wrong combining chocolate and orange.

I measured the cookies using a medium cookie scoop. Fill the scoop {pack it in} and create a ball for each cookie with your hands. Let the cookie balls chill in the refrigerator for ~15 minutes. Take them out and form a “criss-cross” pattern with a fork before adding the covered pan back to the refrigerator for safe keeping.

No Bake Chocolate Orange Cookies
Yields: 16 cookies

Ingredients~
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup cashews
30* dates {pitted}
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons orange extract

How to~
*Add all ingredients to a food processor. Process the mixture a few times. Stop the processor and use a spatula to re-combine the mix if needed.
*Keep processing until the ingredients are evenly combined, using the “pulse” function.
*Remove from the food processor and use a medium cookie scoop and your hands to form the mix into balls. Let the cookie balls chill in the refrigerator for ~15 minutes.
*Take the cookies balls out and form a “criss cross” pattern with a fork before adding the covered pan back to the refrigerator to chill.
*Cookies will last chilled for one week, and a few months contained in the freezer.

*I used California dates, which are quite a bit smaller than Medjool dates.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: This is a no bake recipe, but add 10 minutes to form the cookies and 15 minute to chill
Total time: 35 minutes





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