Recipe: Sarma's Coconut-Lime Cookies

Sarma Melngailis is the co-founder and owner of Pure Food and Wine, a groundbreaking raw food restaurant located in New York City.

She is also the coauthor of Raw Food/Real World, a book of recipes, practical advice, and the story of how she made the change to a primarily raw and vegan lifestyle. Her second book is Living Raw Food: More Recipes from Pure Food and Wine.

Sarma's Coconut-Lime Cookies

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

Equipment & Ingredients

Food processor, dehydrator

2 cups macadamia nuts

1/4 cup agave nectar

1 cup shredded dried coconut

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime

1 tablespoon lime zest juice

1 teaspoon sea salt

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Place the nuts in the freezer to chill for a few minutes.

Once chilled, pulse the nuts, coconut, and lime zest in a food processor until the mixture is well combined but still a bit chunky. Be careful not to over-process the mixture or it will become oily (chilling the nuts before processing helps to prevent this).

Transfer the mixture to a bowl, add the remaining ingredients, and combine well.

Using a small ice cream scoop or a big tablespoon, spoon rounds of dough onto Teflex-lined dehydrator trays (or similar - browse Amazon.com for options) and flatten them into round cookies, about 1/2-inch thick.

Dehydrate for about 24 hours or until the cookies reach the desired consistency.

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