Sunday, March 27, 2011

Raw Samoa Cookies ~ A Recipe

First things first.  If you enjoy raw food like I do, you most likely have experienced others not joining you in this love.  Some are... a little hesitant to express satisfaction of a raw treat, especially if it's named as a knock-off of "the real thing."  So, to my fellow healthy foodies, I present to you the raw Samoa cookie.  If you plan to serve this to the more reluctant of friends who fear health, simply call these "raw cookies."  They will expect something tree barkish, but after their first bite, they might come up with the idea all on their own that, hey, these almost taste like those Samoa Girl Scout cookies.  Just assure them of how brilliant they are and smile inside with the hope that you just planted a healthy seed in their sweet lil' hearts, God bless 'em.

If ya just need a quick chocolate fix, stop at step one: making the base.  It's delicious just the way it is.  If you want to go all.  the.  way.  You will need to think ahead and soak, then dehydrate some raw buckwheat groats.  Just FYI.

Raw Samoa Cookies
Makes about 30

For the base:
4 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
3/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.  Roll in little balls or use a deep Tablespoon to scoop into balls, then squish them into flatter cookies, Samoa-style.  The next step might be easier if you chill the base for at least a half hour, though I've made them before without chilling them and they were easy enough to handle.

For the crunchy layer:
  1. The day before assembling the cookies (if you don't already have any on hand), soak the groats in a bowl full of filtered water for 6-8 hours.  The buckwheat expands, so be sure to use enough water.
  2. Rinse thoroughly, and dehydrate at 104 degrees for 3-5 hours, or until totally dry.
  3. Place dehydrated groats into a bowl and push the cookie bases firmly into the groats so they stick.  Place them in the fridge while you make the drizzle.

For the drizzle:
1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup grade B maple syrup
  1. Use blender to blend all ingredients.  Chill for about 20 minutes to thicken.
  2. Use a cake decorating utensil to squeeze onto the cookies.
Use the small, circular tip.


  1. Must go to the store and buy buckwheat groats. Now!

    They just look amazingly good. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Wow, those do yummy. I had never thought about soaked buckwheat groats as a dessert item. Hmm, may have to rethink. BTW, wondered in from Real Food Weds.

  3. oh delicious these look! going to have to try them very soon, Easter would be perfect. I love to bake new things.. thanks!

    Love from dutch cooking

  4. You must buy your raw cacao powder in bulk! Where do you get yours from? How much do you get at a time?

  5. never mind - I noticed it was clickable!

  6. I found raw cacao powder for a better price and in larger bulk sizes too..

  7. Made these tonight for a special treat. I used barely sprouted buckwheat that was dehydrated. They were really delicious and perfect for a bite of dark chocolate. They were super easy, too. Thanks for sharing. I'll be making them again (probably too often :-)

  8. Ok--what?? These look amazing!! Samoas have always been my favorite Girl Scout cookies. I've been searching for a recipe for a healthy version. I love that you used buckwheat--very creative!

  9. Okay now I'm SUPER bummed that I'm out of grade b maple syrup. Might have to bite the bullet and get it at the local health food store... even though it's ridiculously expensive there. These look so good!! Love samoas!!

  10. Seriously. These look amazing. Trying not to drool...... :)

  11. These look delicious! What would you recommend using to replace the buckwheat groats for someone who is grain-free?

  12. Buckwheat is gluten-free, but if you are wanting to make a grain-free cookie, you might try using slivered almonds on top instead of buckwheat groats.


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