3 little pumpkins...

...sitting on a gate.

I love making raw food recipes for our snacks. Most of the time I just wing it and that's exactly what I was doing when I came up with these. Luckily for you I was taking notes, because these are good.  Remember all the fresh apple juice we made for the pumpkin soup?  Well, waste not, want not.  We put the "juicer poop" to use here in these cookies.  I was going to call them pumpkin cookies, but since they use apples, pumpkins and cranberries...I thought Autumn Cookies was more appropriate, not to mention fair to said apples and cranberries, eh?

Raw Autumn Cookies

1 cup (packed) fresh apple juice pulp
1 cup (packed) fresh raw pumpkin (peeled, seeded and grated)
1 cup oat groats (finely ground into flour)
1 cup flax seeds (finely ground)
1/2 cup walnuts (chopped fine)
10 medjool dates, pitted and soaked for at least 30 min.  Then drain and chop/mash them depending on how soft they are
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp fresh ground nutmeg

Throw it all together in a large mixing bowl and mix it with your hands.  I recommend using your hands because 1) it's fun 2) you can really make sure everything is incorporated well.
Then using your hands grab about 2 tbs worth of "dough" and form them into patties like so:

and about this thick:
Lay them on the mesh dehydrator screens and dehydrate at 115 over night, or for about 8-10 hours.

These were nummy.  Just sweet enough to be a cookie, but also highly nutritious and hearty.  I happily let the girls have "cookies" for breakfast.  Here they are dipping them in their tea at roughly 7am.  The smell when they woke up was too tempting and they had to have them right away.


  1. Cookies look great. Great use for the apple pulp. I actually was looking at recipes on a website for Turtle Creek Refuge in Colorado (they have a raw cafe and interesting site, worth a visit, the recipes use things like "cattail flour", and I remember a recipe for acorn milk). One recipe called for apple sugar. I wasn't sure what that was, but I discovered that they saved all of their apple pulp from juicing, dehydrated it, ground it, and then saved it for use as a natural sweetener.

  2. Wow, Mindy....neat. Might have to give that a go!

  3. Mmmmmm. Hearty cookies as breakfast. Delicious.

  4. You should definitely look up Turtle Lake Refuge. (the place Mindy mentions) They are in our town, and really great, so much wild foods inspiration!

    I never had a chance to write to you, but we did of course receive our lip balms and sweet little bottle. It is still empty for now. The first thing my littlest one said (and I did not even ask what we should put in it) was, "I wish we had a little dancing fairy that we could keep inside the little tiny bottle." I bet that was not an answer you expected :)

  5. I like this recipe. I would love to try it.
    I'm currently buying vegan bars with a date base and apple chunks. this is something similar but it would come out a lot less expensive I bet.

    Cheers. ella


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