Quarantine Day 69: NYC
Wow – tomorrow marks the 10TH WEEK of lockdown for NYC. Holy cow. For those of you who’s quarantine restrictions have been lifted — congratulations! Please stay safe, and more importantly, enjoy!!
I’m coming atcha tonight with a healthy and delicious cookie recipe that was born out of sheer luck. Because I randomly stumbled across some freeze dried peaches as I made an essential run to CVS!
First of all — last week’s cookie recipe for Peanut Butter Cup Cookies was my highest rated recipe yet. And for good reason! And I’ve got another delicious cookie recipe coming up next week that is another one of my mother’s most-loved recipes. So get excited.
But it made me want cookies that I could enjoy too. 🙂
Enter: My Peaches and Cream Cookies! I think most people would probably classify these as an “energy bite,” but for me they’re no-bake cookies!
They’re chewy, a little crunchy/crispy, super sticky, and delightfully sweet!
Perfect for a Memorial Day treat to-go!
And they’re Grain and Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo and Specific Carb Diet friendly!
Here’s What You Need: Makes 30 bite-sized cookies
12 dates, pitted
1/4 cup cashew butter
4 dried apricots
1 cup freeze dried peaches
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup cashews
2 pinches of salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
10 drops french vanilla liquid stevia (or maple syrup/agave)
Add all your ingredients to the food processor. Process until it becomes the consistence of wet sand. Form into 1 Tbsp balls. OR form into 8 bars.
Refrigerate until serving.
OK people, these are AMAZING.
Let’s be honest for a hot second: these little cookies are not the belle of the ball. They’re not some show-stoppingly gorgeous cookie worthy of a display case at Costco.
BUT. What they lack in the beauty department, they certainly make up for in the TASTE department! (And let’s be honest, that’s all that really matters, anyway!)
These little nuggets of sweetness are the perfect poppable treat. They have that subtle kiss of peach flavor that lingers in your mouth, thanks to the freeze dried peaches. A funny thing happens — when those little crystalized peach bits hit your tongue, it activates that peach flavor, and mmm — paired with the cashew butter and hint of vanilla — it’s peaches n’ cream heaven!
And then the texture is so delightful. I love how chewy and sticky they are from the dates. It’s the the best fruit snack you’ve ever had.
Plus there are crunchy and crispy bits from the nuts and the freeze dried peaches.
MMM!!! Truly delicious!
And when you eat them cold — dang, that’s some next level goodness right there!
Lastly — I don’t have to tell you how healthy these are! They’re full of vitamins, and anti-oxidants, protein, fiber, and healthy fats!
Pack up a ziplock baggie with a few of these for your next socially distanced bike ride or walk! They’re the perfect snack for on-the-go!
Or for other ideas — you can top yogurt or ice cream with these, you can crumble it like granola and add it to your oatmeal or smoothies. You can dice up some ripe peaches, top them with a little fresh whipped cream, and crumble these cookies on top! You can crumble them over a baked sweet potato with cinnamon and brown sugar! YUM!
**You may also use regular dried peaches in this recipe!
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