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Raw Oreo Cookies

June 18, 2013

Lately I’ve been on a recipe makeover kick. There’s nothing I love more than not feeling guilty about indulging in my favourite classic treats. So many of the foods we love contain preservatives and all sorts of other junk that make them less than optimal for our health. Maybe I have just become accustomed to the taste of “healthier” food, but I really no longer crave the foods I used to love as a child. It helps that when I look at the ingredient list in so many of these products I am completely turned off.

raw oreo cookies
An Oreo cookie for example is composed of sugar (the 1st ingredient!), enriched flour, high oleic canola oil and high fructose corn syrup! If you still want to eat one after reading this list then kudos to you! I just don’t have it in me…Fortunately I do have enough drive to re-create this iconic recipe so you can actually feel okay about eating an Oreo. In fact I may even go as far as to say that eating my version is actually good for you!
Sweetened with completely un-refined sugar (dates, stevia and maple syrup) you won’t experience the same sugar crash you may feel with the granulated stuff i.e. “How did I just eat an entire row of oreos?!?!”. Plus they are high in fibre, healthy fats and antioxidants. Did I mention you can make them in just a few minutes? I can promise you that 1 of these bad boys will fill you up and keep you full. If you want to get really wild, these taste glorious with a dollop of peanut butter! Please tell me someone else out there loves The Parent Trap as much as I do (if you don’t get this reference you should probably watch the version with Lindsay Lohan immediately…).
Raw Oreo Cookies 2
I’m in the market for more recipe makeovers. I just whipped up a batch of animal crackers and last week I featured a recipe Lemon Shortbread Sandwich Cookies. If you have any requests for not-so-healthy foods that need a makeover, send them my way! In the meantime make these oreos and eat them while watching The Parent Trap 🙂

Raw Oreo Cookies

  • Prep Time: 4 hours
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 15 cookies 1x


For the cookies:

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup flax
  • 1/2 cup dates (soaked for 1530 mins)
  • 1/2 cup cacao
  • pinch of sea salt

For the cream:

  • 1 cup raw cashews (soaked for 28 hours, longer the better)
  • 1 T coconut oil, melted
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 1/4 tsp stevia extract powder (or more maple syrup, to taste)


For the cookies:

  1. Add almonds, flax, and dates to a food processor or high-speed blender. Blend until it reaches a “rice-like” consistency.
  2. Add in cacao and sea salt.
  3. Continue to process until all ingredients come together in a ball (about 5-10 mins).
  4. Take two sheets of wax paper and spray or pat with coconut oil.
  5. Place “dough” on bottom sheet and cover with top sheet.
  6. Using a rolling pin roll out until dough is a 1/4 inch thick.
  7. Using a circular cookie cutter (or with a knife) cut out circles.
  8. Allow cookies to sit in fridge while you make the cream.

For the cream:

  1. Clean out your food processor or blender and add in cashews, coconut oil and maple syrup. Blend until smooth.
  2. Scrape vanilla bean seeds and stevia into mixture and process for another minute until well combined.
  3. Remove cookies from fridge and using a knife spread cream onto one cookie and cover with another.
  4. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Raw Oreo Cookies 4

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  • Reply
    Em Kathryn
    June 18, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Wow these look so awesome!!! I make homemade peanut butter cups that are out of this world good. I got the recipe from The Kind Diet. People go crazy for them! Now I’m thinking about them…haha

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      June 18, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      I WANT SOME! I love peanut butter cups! I made maple pumpkin seed butter cups which were divine but nothing really compares to peanut butter 🙂 I may have to make some of those soon!

  • Reply
    June 18, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    These look amazing!! I’ll have to try this recipe!

  • Reply
    Carli Alice
    June 19, 2013 at 3:27 am

    This is awesome! I love that they are raw and dairy free. Wonderful!

  • Reply
    Erin S
    June 21, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Wow! These look fantastic, Davida! I’m going to have to make only half a batch when I make them so I don’t end up eating an entire batch of cookies in a day 🙂

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      June 22, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      Well you’ll definitely feel better eating a whole batch of these rather than a box of the real stuff!

  • Reply
    janet @ the taste space
    June 21, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Yum. This looks like a delicious treat. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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    Heather @Gluten-Free Cat
    June 22, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Just incredible!! I nearly flipped when I saw these linked up to Raw Foods Thursdays. WOW! My kitchen is pretty much packed up right now, but these are first on the list to make when we get to the new place. Just brilliant!!

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    June 22, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    These couldn’t look more inviting . . . YUM! I’d add a little mint and perfecto! Wow, thanks for sharing. I’m visiting from Raw Foods Thursdays.

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      June 22, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      Genius idea! Add a little mint (or mint extract) to the cream and you got yourself some peppermint Oreos 🙂 thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply
    john Hartil
    June 28, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I love Oreos and these do look pretty inviting…!!!

  • Reply
    Green Thickies
    June 28, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    These look gorgeous! Congratulation on being featured on Healthy Vegan Fridays!

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      July 2, 2013 at 2:27 am

      Thank you! So honoured to be featured. Hope you’re enjoying your time with the new addition 🙂 thanks for hosting us!!!

  • Reply
    July 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    They look amazing. Oh oreos are my weakness! 😉 Will be making these soon! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      July 2, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      Thanks Josie! Please let me know if you end up making them. Real Oreos were definitely a weakness of mine too….until I made these 😉

    • Reply
      July 3, 2013 at 12:03 am

      Will do! 🙂

  • Reply
    July 20, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Hi there,

    I am in the UK and was wondering how many grams a cup was approximately as I know it differs depending on the product? Also what is one ‘T’ is it tablespoon?



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    Underground Teacher
    July 24, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Hi there, here is my experience of making these cookies. Thank’s for the inspiration!

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      July 24, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      So awesome that you made them! I’m thrilled you liked them. They looked even better than mine haha!!! You rock!

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    September 9, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    These look great! Just curious, though – in the description under the second picture it says they’re sweetened with dates, stevia and maple syrup. I don’t see maple syrup in the ingredient list. Should it be there?


    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      September 10, 2013 at 2:35 am

      Oh no!!! Well look at that. I’m pretty sure I used a tablespoon of maple syrup in there but I didn’t write the recipe down (just typed it) so I can’t be sure. Some people have made the recipe without the maple syrup and were pleased with the results so I say it’s up to you!!! I plan to remake these soon so I will double check the batter and add the maple syrup if I think it’s lacking in sweetness 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

      • Reply
        March 10, 2014 at 8:59 pm

        Where do you add the maple syrup? The cookie or the cream?

        • Reply
          March 10, 2014 at 9:02 pm

          Never mind. I saw it. Duh!

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