oreos1I did it! And just in time for St. Patrick’s Day:

Raw Oreos with Minty Cream Filling.

It took me several attempts to get this recipe right. For awhile I was trying to make a cookie that would work for both Oreos and Thin Mints like this one here but somehow the cookies were turning out tasting like neither. So I combined the idea into this minty oreo, and finally found a result worth sharing.

 

Raw Mint-Filled Oreo Cookies
makes 12 sandwich cookies

1 1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup raw agave nectar or maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt

*maple syrup is not a raw ingredient, but an alternative for those who choose not to eat agave nectar. 

Mint Cream Filling

1/2 cup coconut butter
2 tbsp raw agave nectar
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
5-6 mint leaves, optional (for natural coloring)

In a small bowl mix together almond meal, cacao powder, and salt until thoroughly combined. Add agave nectar and vanilla and mix until a uniform dough has formed. Kneed together to form a large ball.

*For a smoother look, blend the almond meal and cacao powder in a food processor to a fine powder before adding the remaining ingredients. 

Place dough on a sheet of parchment paper. Top with another piece of parchment paper and roll out to about 1/4” thickness. Chill dough for 20 minutes.

With a small 2” cookie cutter cut cookies and place them on dehydrating sheets. Repeat until all the dough is used up, re-rolling as needed. There should be about 24 discs. Dehydrate at 110 degrees for 16-20 hours, until cookies have hardened.

To make the filling, blend together the ingredients using a handheld mixer or stand up mixer. Place about 1 tsp of filling on top of half the dehydrated cookies, topping with the other half. Press down lightly to spread the filling.
 
*If using fresh mint leaves for color, puree first then mix with the rest of the filling ingredients. 
 
Store in refrigerator.

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On a totally non-related subject: Who’s going to Vida Vegan Con

I just bought my ticket and I’m so excited! I’m really looking forward to meeting some of my favorite vegan bloggers and showing off this fantastic city that I call home.