Recipe

Raw strawberry cream cookies

As delicious as the strawberry cream chocolates from the Favourites box but made of completely natural ingredients, these little cookies are divine! Keep them on hand for whenever you need a guilt-free treat.

  • 40 mins preparation plus standing + freezing
  • Makes 20
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw macadamias
  • 3/4 cup pecans
  • 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Strawberry cream
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 250 g strawberries
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 tbsp freeze-dried strawberry powder (optional)
Chocolate coating
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup cacao butter, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cacao powder

Method

  • 1
    Place cashews for Strawberry Cream in a small bowl; cover with cold water. Stand, covered, for 4 hours or overnight. Drain cashews; rinse under cold water and drain well.
  • 2
    Make Strawberry Cream (see below).
  • 3
    Grease a 20cm x 30cm slice pan; line with plastic wrap, extending plastic 5cm over sides.
  • 4
    Process macadamias, pecans, desiccated coconut, coconut oil, honey and vanilla until mixture resembles coarse crumbs and holds together when pressed; be careful not to over-process. Press nut mixture firmly and evenly over base of pan using a spatula. Freeze for 15 minutes or until firm.
  • 5
    Lift cookie base from pan; place on a chopping board. Cut base into 20 rounds using a 5cm cutter, pushing scraps together as necessary. Place rounds on a tray lined with baking paper.
  • 6
    Spoon Strawberry Cream into a piping bag fitted with a 1cm plain tube; pipe 5cm rounds on top of the cookies, creating small peaks. Return cookies to the freezer.
  • 7
    Meanwhile, make the Chocolate Coating (see below).
  • 8
    Using a fork, lower cookies, one at a time, into Chocolate Coating. Spoon chocolate over; allow excess chocolate to drain off. Place cookies on tray; freeze for 10 minutes or until chocolate is set. Repeat process to coat cookies twice in Chocolate Coating, if necessary. If chocolate thickens too much, reheat briefly. Return cookies to freezer for 10 minutes or until set. Trim off any excess chocolate.
Strawberry cream
  • 9
    Blend drained cashews with remaining ingredients until as smooth as possible, using a high-powered blender, if available. This type of blender will achieve a very smooth consistency. Pour into a medium bowl; freeze for 1¼ hours or until very thick. Whisk vigorously until smooth.
Chocolate coating
  • 10
    Place coconut oil and cacao butter in a large heatproof bowl over a medium heatproof bowl of boiling water; whisk until combined and smooth. Whisk in maple syrup and vanilla; remove from heat. Whisk in cacao powder until combined and smooth.