These cookies were inspired by Karina's recent rehash of an old sunflower seed cookie recipe that looked fantastic. I thought I'd do cashew instead here, but the yummy results still seem to hold.
1 c. unsalted raw cashews
1/2 c. mixed nuts
1/4 c. sunflower seeds
1/4 c. sesame seeds
3 small dates
1/4 c. shredded coconut
1 organic carrot, shredded
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. natural brown sugar (optional)
Add the nuts to the Vita-Mix and blend them on high for about 90 seconds until they form a thick paste. Add everything else and blend again on high for about 1 1/2 minutes or until well mixed. While blending, press the ingredients to the bottom of the blender using your Vita-Mix damper.
Coat a cookie sheet with non-stick spray and preheat your oven to 350 degrees. I used a spatula to remove the nut batter from the Vita-Mix and then scooped the batter into a large mouth bowl. Form cookie patties in your hand and drop them onto the cookie sheet. Bake the cookies at 350 for 15-17 minutes. Let cool.
In preparing these cookies, we realized that the batter would also serve to make gluten free, dairy free cookie bars similar to Lara Bars.