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Raw Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies

I love cookies. I have always loved cookies. In days past, I have to admit, there were days that I lived on cookies. A lot of good that did me! Now I have created a wonderful collection of raw food recipes for cookies that are tasty and healthy.



These little raw strawberry thumbprint cookies are modeled after an old favorite of mine that used poppy seeds and strawberry jam. To make them much healthier, the base is almonds, with healthy chia seeds added. Almonds are a wonderful source of fiber and monounsaturated fats, the fat that actually lowers your risk of heart disease. They also contain significant amounts of vitamin E, a wonderful antioxidant. Did you know that they can also lower the glycemic index of what you are eating? That is a great benefit!



Chia also seeds pack a wonderful nutritional punch. Chia seeds are a wonderful source of Omega 3’s and are much more stable than flax. They also don’t have to be ground to release their benefits. They are also a good source of fiber, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, copper and iron. These little thumbprint cookies are easy to throw together and taste divine!


Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies


  • 2 cups almonds (I soaked and dehydrated mine)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dried coconut (ground to a powder in high-speed blender or you can use coconut flour)
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup agave or liquid sweetener of choice
  • 1/3 cup grape seed oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • pinch Himalayan salt
  • 5 strawberries, puréed
  1. Place almonds in food processor and process until finely ground.
  2. Add powdered coconut and chia seeds and pulse to combine.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and pulse until well combined.
  4. Roll into a small ball. Flatten and indent the center with your finger.
  5. Place on dehydrating screen and fill indentation with strawberry purée.
  6. Dehydrate for 6 to 8 hours at 115.
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  1. Caroline Berghout wrote on June 21, 2013

    I agree with Karen!
    The website always comes through when I need a recipe, it really helps to make this rawfood trip I just begun a lot of fun. thanks!!

  2. Karen Chappell wrote on December 15, 2012

    I just have to say that you have the most beautiful raw website I’ve yet come across – both the presentation and photography of the food is stunning. Thanks so much for sharing – it’s quite inspiring.

  3. Susan wrote on November 20, 2012

    You don’t have to soak and dehydrate. It is done to get rid of the enzyme inhibitors and make them most digestible. If you do want to do that, you can soak them for 6-12 hours and dehydrate under 118 until dry. Cheers!

  4. denskiCouture wrote on November 20, 2012

    Can you explain the process for the almonds? Soak and dehydrate. How long to soak and how long to dehydrate on which setting? ugh. I need to make these tomorrow. Also I plan on substituting grape seed oil for olive oil since I am out of the grape – and I plan on using honey because I am allergic to most sweeteners.

  5. Yanielle wrote on August 11, 2012

    In regards to the almonds, do I have to dehydrate them before hand? Or can I just soak them, then when I make the cookies I’ll dehydrate them with the rest of the ingredients, is that okay?

    • Susan wrote on August 12, 2012

      You do not want to make this recipe with wet almonds. It will not work properly.

  6. Randahl wrote on August 1, 2012

    I just popped these in the dehydrator :) These are so gorgeous, they look like little valentines to me! In fact, I think this would be a great use for frozen strawberries come next February 😀 Thank you yet again, Susan!

  7. Mindy wrote on May 21, 2012

    YUM! These were really good and SUPER easy! I highly recommend making them!

  8. Milena wrote on April 22, 2012

    This is another recipe sparking my interest… maybe buying a dehydrator isn’t as far off in my future as I thought. I am, however, still wrapping my head around the idea of a recipe taking 6-8 hours, plus prep time 😉 I guess this is all part of the necessary transformation required to move from vegan to raw <=-)

  9. sara dm wrote on April 9, 2012

    The whole family, not raw eaters, love these cookies – unfortunately they last only 1 day!
    The first time i found them a little too greasy so now i always use just a little less of oil

  10. Mel wrote on March 28, 2012

    I was just wondering if there is something I could substitute for the coconut? Due to current diet restrictions I cannot eat it! Thanks…


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