The Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies and Raw Vegan Fruit Cake Balls
Hi friends! Happy Holidays!! Christmas is almost here. I can't believe it. Are you all ready for it? Aside from shopping I still have treats to make and baking to do. Today I have 2 festive recipes to share with you. Well actually one is a year around classic - dare I say the BEST, and easiest vegan chocolate chip cookies that also happen to be gluten free and refined sugar free. Oh yeah! I made 3 batches in one week alone. We couldn't stop eating them around here. They're a good one to add to your regular baking repertoire and are also a good option for Santa with a glass of almond milk 😉
My other recipe is very festive. These little frosted fruit cake balls are sooo good! And honestly I'm not just saying that. I've never liked real fruit cake. I always thought it was weird lol. But these are so freakin good. They're moist, sweet, nutty, and packed with flavour from the fruits, zests, and extracts. They also freeze well.
Raw Vegan Fruit Cake Balls
Makes 20 mini balls
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup cashews
1/2 cup pitted packed dates, chopped
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/3 cup mixed dried fruit (I like cherries, goji berries, mulberries, and raisins)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup chopped pecans
Soak the dried fruit in the lemon and orange juice for 30-60 minutes to soften and absorb the flavours. Strain the fruit BUT keep the juice. .... Grind the almonds, cashews, and coconut down to crumbs in a food processor. Add the dates, extract, and zests. Process until the dates are broken down and the mixture is combined. Add the soaked fruit mixture and pulse several times to incorporate it (briefly!). Add up to 1 tablespoon of the juice, as needed to create a dough that holds together (it should be moist but NOT wet). Stir in the pecans by hand. Use a mini ice cream scoop to create balls of dough and release them onto a parchment paper lined tray. Place into the freezer while making the frosting.
2 tablespoons melted coconut butter
1 tablespoon raw cashew butter*
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
Whisk all ingredients together until smooth in a bowl set over a pot of hot water (to make sure it stays warm and fluid while mixing). Now set aside, whisking periodically, until it starts to thicken slightly, about 10 minutes. Pour over the chilled balls and it will firm up quickly. Store in the fridge.
*Note: roasted cashew butter tastes very different to raw so will change the flavour and also change the colour.
You can use any dried fruits you like! You can even chop up tropical fruits like dried pineapple and mango! I garnished mine with lemon zest.
Now take a step into cookie land....
Chocolate chip cookies were my all time favourite growing up (and I'm sure MOST people's favourite. Someone should take a poll). My mom always made the best ones and I loved helping her so that I could lick the bowl 🙂 When I was 14 and became a vegan I started making my own healthy version with carob chips, rice flour, and safflower oil. But things have come a long way in the world of healthy baking since then with new flours, oils, and sweeteners. Anywho, my vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe is soooo good! You have to try it.
In my new recipe video you'll see how incredible EASY it is to make delicious vegan gluten free chocolate chip cookies. I shared the video link in my facebook group and on my instagram a few days ago when I posted it and already 3 people have made and loved them. It makes my heart sing when people enjoy my recipes! Speaking of, you have to check out the gorgeous re-make pic of the vegan chocolate peanut butter balls I posted on instagram HERE that a fellow instagrammer made.
Get the Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe HERE.
You can see all of my other recipe videos HERE.
Be sure to give them a try and let me know what you think!
Wishing you all a happy and safe holiday!
Here's a photo of our Christmas tree. My hubby went out and surprised me with turquise decorations! What a sweetie.