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Strawberry shortcake cookie dough (vegan)

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I believe this stone-age trend of eating raw is back? Well if that’s the case, sweets is where I’m heading. If your tooth is as sweet as mine (not really a good thing!) then you could try this out. I must admit, it doesn’t taste exceedingly unhealthy like the real stuff, but if you’re a dessert addict that’s restricting yourself due to health paranoia, then this is the route to take.

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Everyone knows full well that cookies always taste better in their raw form- that malleable, doughy texture that you can just bite into like a baby’s bottom (in a non-perverted sense of course), well who can resist that?! What works in my favour with an unbaked biscuit is that cooking and long waiting-times are non-applicable.

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The cookie dough I’m familiar with generally contains chocolate chips for a nice bite in almost every mouthful, so freeze-dried fruits are a great alternative, my favourite clearly being strawberry. It’s tart, yet subtly sweet nature accompanied by a light, crisp texture, makes this a winner for me. But the real reason as to why I’m using this berry is it takes me back to a shortcake stack I ate some years ago at a non-memorable restaurant with an evidently inspirational dessert menu. Maybe those times in my life were great or maybe it was just a die-for pudding, who knows, who cares, and who remembers- but it stuck with me so that’s what I’ll aim to imitate.

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I’ll probably have mine with some ice cream when I’m done, but if the cookie dough is so nice, I’ve got to get the naughty in somehow to achieve that yin and yang balance!

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Serving size:

10 slices

Ingredients:

  • 150g dates soaked and mashed
  • 75g ground almonds
  • 50g dried strawberries soaked and mashed
  • 50g whole oats
  • 50g oat flour
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed oil
  • 75g ground cashews
  • 200g ground oats
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 60g freeze dried strawberries

Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients apart from the freeze dried strawberries with a spoon.
  2. Remove from the bowl and knead.
  3. Fold in the freeze dried strawberries.
  4. Knead into desired shape(s) and store either in the fridge or freezer (if in freezer, allow to thaw before eating).

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