Marzipan (Cookie Dough) and Cookies

Mandarin Walnut Marzipan (totally Raw and good for you)
I have made this before, calling it "Cookie Dough" because of its texture.  I discovered a better name for it...Marzipan, which is a confection made from almonds.  When I called it Marzipan, Bob actually tried it and said it was good.  I know the photo above doesn't really look that good, but it IS GOOD!  (Unless you don't like or can't have nuts)  I have taken it to Raw Food Luncheons and it was a HIT!  And it is VERY good for the digestive system, high in protein, etc....
The ingredients are merely suggestions.  It is a versatile recipe.  I love it for snacking and/or even breakfast.
Begin by soaking about 1  1/2 cups of almonds a day or two before.  Soak overnight, drain.( I water my plants with the liquid).  Then refrigerate.
In a blender or food processor add the following to the almonds.
1 cup of home distilled white/pink grape juice or freshly squeezed orange juice or apple juice
1 whole clementine or mandarin, peeled, seeded and pulled into sections;
about 15 pitted dates
1 -3 pitted prunes, cut into smaller pieces  (or figs or raisins)
about 2 Tbl. Agave nectar
1 Tbl. real Vanilla extract
1 tsp. Almond extract
6-8 drops of Tangerine, Mandarin or Lime essential oil
about 2-3 Tbl. psyllium seed (powdered husks)
Blenderize and process until fairly smooth, adding more liquid if needed.  Remove mixture from blender and stir in other optional ingredients:  1-2 cups chopped walnuts, dried blueberries or cranberries.
Can be eaten as cookie dough OR Make into cookies by rolling cookie size pieces in coconut or finely chopped nuts; flatten and dehydrate at 100 degrees overnight.
Keep the dough refrigerated; Should be used within a week.

 am tending grandkids ages 22 months and 3 1/2 years.  What a challenge.  They are extremely picky eaters.  The first day they only ate rice chex.  The 2nd day they only ate popcorn and Life cereal.  Even though I prepared yummy healthy food, they turned their noses up at everything except some healthy cookies their mom had made and left, which had spinach, oatmeal, cocoa, whole wheat, blueberries. They ate all of those "cookies", so I came up with my own version.  It was a complete "hit".  They chowed down on these and they are healthy for them!

Super Cookies
(designed especially for the picky grand kids)
Blenderize in a blender:  (all measurements are approximate)
1 apple, peeled, quartered or 1/3 c. applesauce
9 pitted dates 
¼ c. raisins
2 fairly ripe bananas
2-3 eggs
¼ c. organic extra virgin coconut oil
1 T. vanilla
pinch Salt
¼- 1/3  c. juice (apple, red grape or orange--I used my own home grown red/pink grape juice)
½ c. canned pumpkin
1 ½ c. fresh spinach
Pour blended mixture onto the following premixed dry ingredients:

1 ½ - 2 c. Whole Wheat  flour (you want a dough that is stiff enough to drop as cookies-)
1 c. rolled oats
2 t. Baking powder
1 t. Soda
2 -3 Tbl. Cocoa powder
tiny dash of sea salt

Stir until mixed.
Optional:  Stir in walnuts or pecans. Drop by 2 Tbl. Onto greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350* 16 - 21 minutes.  Makes 24-36 cookies.

I stirred walnuts into some for ME and they are very filling and delicious!  Full of complex carbs and satisfy cravings for munchies.