Raw Halloween Cookies

October 26th, 2010

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This Halloween is not only the first one that Paloma can understand as a holiday, but, in a way, the first one for me. Although I’ve been living in the U.S. for twelve years, not having a young child and growing up without this tradition left me somehow indifferent to all the festivities. This year, everything’s changed.

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Paloma is in daycare now, and is very curios about all the Halloween decorations and pumpkins that they’ve acquired. It’s funny how having a little kid can bring back the long gone excitement of the holidays.

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I loved the challenge of making these raw cookies, playing with the shapes and colours. As for the flavours, I wanted to evoke true autumn tastes like pumpkin spice, carrot cake, nutmeg and clove, as well as include some new additions like matcha, mango, and black sesame. I was thrilled when everyone who tried the cookies loved the result.

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This was a chance for me to experiment with sprouted oat flour, which I’ve been meaning to do for a while. I started with making a basic dry mix, and then added different ingredients for various cookie flavours.

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Matcha powder (green tea powder) is another ingredient that I just started using. It’s been getting lots of great publicity, as I always see tempting matcha recipes on food blogs and in magazines. Delicious!
The multi-coloured oak leaves are also edible. Made of fresh coconut meat, flax seeds, and various fruits and vegetables – the recipe is coming soon!

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These are quite nutritious and work well as breakfast cookies. Paloma was thrilled to have one for breakfast along with the usual green smoothie.

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I came up with three types of frosting – chocolate, caramel, and coconut butter. Some cookies were simply glazed, and some – layered similarly to Oreos.

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Happy Hallowe’en!

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Basic Mix
2 cups almond flour
2 cups sprouted oat flour
1/2 cup ground rolled oats
1 cup maple syrup powder
pinch of salt

Pumpkin Cookies
2 cups basic mix
1/2 cup raw almond butter
1/2 cup freeze dried carrots – ground
1/2 cup date paste
3/4 cup carrot puree (2 carrots, 1/2 cup freshly squeezed carrot juice, 1/2″ piece fresh ginger root – all pureed in a high speed blender)
1/2 cup carrot pulp left from making carrot juice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon each clove
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Matcha Cookies
1 cup basic mix
1/4 cup raw almond butter
1/4 cup date paste
1/2 tablespoon matcha powder

Mango Cookies
1 cup basic mix
1/2 cup oat flour
1/4 cup raw almond butter
1/4 cup date paste
1/2 cup mango puree (dried mango slices soaked in water for 2 hours, drained, and blend with water reserved from soaking)

Chocolate Cookies
1 cup basic mix
1/4 cup raw almond butter
1 tablespoon raw chocolate
1 tablespoon carob powder
1/4 cup date paste

Black Sesame Cookies
1 cup sprouted oat flour
1/4 cup maple syrup powder
1/4 cup raw almond butter
1/4 cup date paste
4 tablespoons coarsely ground black sesame seeds

raw chocolate
caramel (in the raw chocolate recipe, substitute raw cocoa powder with lucuma powder and leave out mesquite powder)
coconut butter

The cookies can be shaped into simple squares or circles. Shaping them in figure molds takes some more time, but makes for a pretty result. If one of the mixes turns out too sticky and not firm enough, rolling it between a Teflex sheet and a sheet of parchment paper and drying a little in the dehydrator should ease the cutting/shaping process. Once the cookies are shaped, dehydrate them at 115F until they are dry on the outside and slightly moist and chewy on the inside.

Tags: children, dessert, food, food for tots, holiday, paloma, raw food, recipe, snack

  • Pour Porter says:

    I don’t know why I keep putting off making these – they look amazing. I made boring old peanut butter cookies today.

  • mitko says:

    Thank you for the present -:)

  • All the cookies look great! YUMMM

  • Pam says:

    How cute and such beautiful photo’s! Congrats on making wonderful raw cookies…they LOOK really good! Mmmm!


  • Zhenya Beloshapkina says:

    I am not tired to be impressed by your art!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Shelley Chase says:

    I see a book in your future!

    Shelley Chase
    Awakening Your Health

  • Anonymous says:

    it looks incredible and tastes just like a good treat. would never thought it is raw.
    good job

  • Nataliya Scarberry says:

    love it

  • Ricki says:

    They are all so beautiful! But I think the matcha ones would call to me most. . no, wait, the chocolate. No, the sesame. . . I guess I must have all of them! :D

  • osheanik says:

    So excited to make these for everybody I live with!

  • jacqui says:

    Halloween is such a fun holiday! So glad you get to finally experience it. And these cookies look and sound amazing!

  • Sue says:

    These are just fabulous!!! I tried to pick my favorite design, but it was absolutely impossible. They are all true pieces of art!!! Fantastic job,,,as always!! Happy Halloween, and I hope that Paloma has lots of fun!

  • HiHoRosie says:

    AMAZING! The detail, the color and no doubt the taste are incredible. You captured them so beautifully.

  • gorgeous color on your photos, love the apple shot. it’s true children have a way of bringing everything to life~especially the holidays.

  • Elena says:

    Wow! Yammyyy!! Why I didn’t try it?((

  • Cathy Sue says:

    I personally tasted these gems and they are as good as they look.cathy sue

  • Golubka says:

    Pour Porter: Thanks! Peanut butter cookies sound yummy – classic and timeless :)

    Osheanik: Hope you like them!

    Thanks for your comments everyone, happy Halloween!

  • These look so fun! Your recipes are so inspirational to stay on the high raw road! I love your non pretentious, homespun style!

  • Sweet Faery says:

    They are absolutely beautiful! I’m always so impressed by your creativity… I’ll try them this weekend, along with your quiche…

  • These look awesome! I love the color variety and they are all natural! Hopefully kids in the future won’t know what red dye #40 is!

  • Danny Boy says:

    Who needs candy when you can have this instead. Very fun and festive looking, not to mention they sound fantastic. Paloma, I hope you realize what a lucky little girl you are!

  • Akiko Suzuki says:

    I like your Blog ” Golubka “!!

  • How wonderful, someone who is inspiring healthy kids treats and healthy food! Just found your blog and can’t wait to spend even more time on your archives! A true kindred spirit!

  • celia says:

    these cookies look fantastic. i will be looking forward to trying to make them. i especially like the pumpkin ones. very festive. did you and your duaghter have fun on your first halloween? i hope you enjoyed this fun holiday.

  • Okay, I can’t wait to try this cookie recipe! I’m so in the mood for some healthy fall treats! Thanks for the inspiration =)

  • RawGuru says:

    Thanks so much for the amazing recipes and pictures. I added this recipe to http://www.rawfoodrecipes.com

  • Végébon says:

    Your blog is so impressive : beautiful, practical and welcoming. THANK YOU for brightening my day each time you send us a new post.

    I wish it was translated in French so all my family could read it (if you ever want to make a french version of you blog, I would be happy te translate it for you !).

    Have a great holiday time with Paloma, these moments are the best :).

  • Golubka says:

    Thewholesomehome: That’s my dream! No dye #40.

    Celia: We had a wonderful Halloween, thank you!

    Végébon: Thanks so much! I wish the blog was translated into all kinds of languages too. I considered translating it into my native language, Russian, but then decided that English is the best way to go, as it’s universal. I believe you can use google translate to translate into French.

    Thanks very much all!

  • David says:

    You are so incredibly talented! Everything you make look like pieces of art.

  • Anonymous says:

    where is the pumpkin in your recipe for raw vegan pumpkin cookies? ):

  • Anonymous says:

    What a gorgeous site you have put together. Truly inspiring and such eye candy!
    I want to try some of the cookies for my girls but one is allergic to almonds. Any tips on substituting almond flour in the basic mix?
    Many thanks!

  • Golubka says:

    Anonymous 2:14, thank you so much! You can try using other nut flours – cashew, coconut, or pecan meal.

  • Anonymous says:

    Thank you for your reply! I’m excited to start the experimentation. Love your work :)

  • Anonymous says:


    These are so cute and sound delicious. I tried looking for freeze dried carrots but can’t find any. Is there anything you would recommend for a substitute? Thank you :)

  • Naviana says:

    I’m in love with your blog! Where is the recipe for the oak leaves? I came here looking for the maple leaves bars too, but I couldn’t find it.


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