19 Jun 2014

CASHEW SAGE COOKIES WITH LEMON DRIZZLE


Sage cookies? Huh? Maybe you think it's a weird combo, but I say: try the cookies first! They taste surprisingly delicious. My mom and my friend Amanda love them! Amanda - a brand new vegetarian - actually asked if she could eat them all, and I think she was serious. I got these sage leaves at the farmer's market last weekend, and was procrastinating all week from using them in a recipe. They were lookin' a little worse for wear so today I finally picked out the leaves that had passed their prime, and use the rest for this recipe. I used cashews and Medjool dates from Prana and I have to say, they are unbelievably good. The cashews basically melt into cashew butter upon entering your mouth. Un. Real. 

And that's it! The only ingredients in the cookies are dates, cashews and sage leaves! Sometimes I think nomalicious healthy food is almost TOO simple. The drizzle is just lemon juice, coconut oil, and banana (you can use cashews instead of banana if you don't like banana flavour). You'd think after making all the raw vegan desserts that I have, I'd have gotten accustomed to the fact that you can make amazingly decadent, beautiful, healthful recipes from just a handful of ingredients like nuts and dried fruit... nope. I am still impressed everyday by the magic that takes place in my food processor when I whirl together some cashews, sage leaves and dates. My mission is to share this fact with everyone who will lend an ear (or an eye). You can have your cake and eat it too! Heck, I will eat TWO cakes! Get it? Heh heh heeeh... I take the puns where I can get them, okay. 

I am pretty much out of thoughts to type down today, so I will tell you about my childhood. Currently I am listening to Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin and it is taking me baaaaack to when I used to watch Fantasia 2000 on the reg. As a consequence of loving it so dearly, my life is now filled with daily associations of animated musical scenes from that awesome film. Baby whales finding their way home, Teenage Mother Nature fighting Grumpy Father Destruction (I made up those names), flowers dancing in ponds... these images had a huge impact in my development. The music did too, of course, and it's probably a reason I love classical so much. I didn't really have a point to this rambling, but now you know something more about me... and I reckon - yes, I "reckon" - that a lot of you can relate. After linking all those YouTube clips, I just wanna watch Fantasia now. 


CASHEW SAGE COOKIES WITH LEMON DRIZZLE

Cookies:
1 cup cashews
1 cup dates
1 tablespoon sage leaves

Drizzle:
1 banana (or small handful of cashews if you don't want banana flavour)
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil 

To make the cookies: process the cashews and sage leaves into powder in a food processor. Add the dates and process until it all begins to get sticky. Roll into balls, then press into cookies. Put in the fridge. 

To make the drizzle: blend everything until smooth. I used cashews but that's only because I have no ripe bananas at the moment (I KNOW, IT HAS BEEN A ROUGH DAY). 

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26 comments:

  1. AnonymousJune 19, 2014

    That does sound like a strange combo. I struggle with sage- it's so often paired with meat, I can't wrap my head around a different flavor combo even though I haven't eaten meat in like 15 years. The drizzle however sounds delish and I must make it soon!~

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  2. Inspired! and the good news is that I have all the ingredients for these to hand, either in the cupboard or garden... thanks so much :)

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  3. Love the look of these - I love raw treats and sage sounds so amazing in this!
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  4. AnonymousJune 20, 2014

    They taste great! That sage is wonderful! Made my drizzle with banana and lime. Yum!

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  5. Oh fantasia! The canvas of my childhood imaginings. I suspect it would all seem a fever dream if I tried to watch it now.
    Lemon + Sage, however, sounds like a very sweet dream indeed.
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  6. AnonymousJune 20, 2014

    Yum looks delicious, I sure need to go to the store im low on dates, nuts and syrups which cuts out so much from my daily food and I have been snacking on animal cookies, im bad I know,, great job em, well sending green love to you from las Vegas, have a beautiful and celestial day and nite, Peace...Hippy Mom

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  7. LOVE Rhapsody in Blue, I totally agree. As for herbs in dessert/sweets, I am all for it. Basil would be great in here too!

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  8. a classical sage ...

    Antonio Lucio Vivaldi _


    compositions for bassoon _
    from the English Chamber Orchestra & friends _
    | Concerto No. 28 in C, RV 466 I. Allegro |

    https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/concerto-no.-28-in-c-rv-466/id447242522?i=447242580

    warm regards.

    ]

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  9. I'm the same. Every time I make a raw dessert or smoothie I'm wowed by how good it is with just a few ingredients.
    I love herbs in sweet things too- sage is probably a new one to me but it sounds good.

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  10. Doesn't sound weird at all to me- sound totally divine!!

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  11. These sound fantastic! I remember the first time I had lavender in baking and it blew me away. I suspect that these cookies could do the same.

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  12. well, my purple sage bush is flowering its head off in the garden, so I'm off out to pick some leaves to try out this recipe - it sounds lovely:)

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  13. I love that you add herbs to your sweet recipes – I have yet to try it but my mouth is watering just looking at these pictures, so it must be a good combo!

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  14. Such gorgeous photos and those cookies sound, look, and I'm sure will taste amaaaazing. Cannot wait to try. I agree: simple is best. And I totally get how you feel about Fantasia! Some scenes really freaked me out as a kid but those dancing flowers are awesome.

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  15. Don't forget Micky Mouse the sorcerers apprentice! But I did like the wales best.

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  16. These are absolutely delicious!! The sage is divine. I made them last night and my husband and I both loved them. Thank you for the wonderful recipe.

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  17. I really love your recipes! Simple, healthy and delicious. One question, is it possible to substitute nuts with seeds in your recipes? Or do you have any other recommendation? I'm allergic to nuts = ( Thanks!

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  18. I can't say I've ever thought of sage for cookies, but these look amazing! I'm going to give it a go, thanks :-)

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  19. @Ophelia T - yes go right ahead :)

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  20. Yum! cashew sage cookies look divine...

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  21. AnonymousJune 28, 2014

    mmmm, i love sage! and cashews. i wish my food processor wasn't broken !!! last week i tried making pesto and it wouldn't even chop up basil leaves :(

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  22. Oh, my, these were amazing! Forget strange combo, these ingredients were made for each other! Absolute heaven, thank you!

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  23. It sounds so delicious. I love the way you presenting this recipe and would like to add this in my friends birthday party. Thanks for sharing this post.

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  24. Looks amazing and very interesting, must try it.

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  25. its seems to me super delicious i just love the looks Puritan Pride Coupon Code

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  26. Lemon and thyme are also a wonderful combo if anyone was considering an alternative to sage. They sound great!

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