‘The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook’ Giveaway, Emily’s Almond Cookies and a fabulous bonus from Gena Hamshaw @Choosing Raw



This recipe is part of a Family Favourites series hosted by Angela at Canned Time.

The theme was to veganize a recipe that you used to love as a kid and/or that your fam would regularly enjoy together. Honestly, I had trouble thinking of sweet recipes that I hadn’t already veganized for my blog (like pumpkin pie, berries and whipped cream, ice cream, chocolate cake) and most of the savoury dishes I loved eating when I was little are just sooo not ideal to veganize (think Thai-style omelettes and baked salmon). There were a lot of savoury foods I ate growing up that I COULD made vegan now – pizza pops and chicken nuggets to name a couple – but they wouldn’t be that healthy or simple and I’m not into spending lots of time making recipes for dinner, especially if they have more refined ingredients.. I’d rather just bake eight potatoes, sprinkle on some salt and pepper and be done with it. Seriously, my dinners are pathetically easy when I’m not writing a savoury cookbook

My point is I couldn’t think of any recipe that I wanted to make a healthy vegan version of. So I improvised. I planned to make raw cookies with whipped coconut cream and berries; inspired by the fact that I DO have great memories of summer barbecues when the dessert would be whipped cream with vanilla, sugar and berries. Not quite on track but I thought hey, close enough. Then fate stepped in! Or not fate, whatever. I don’t know how the universe functions. But anyways, here’s what happened: I started making the cookies and decided to use almonds for the base because that’s what was in the cupboard. I didn’t have any dates or raisins – what I usually use as the wet ingredient for my raw vegan cookie doughs – so instead I used coconut oil and agave syrup (not as nutritious as dried fruit but damn so decadent). I ground the almonds into flour, stirred in the coco oil and syrup, and let the dough harden up in the fridge. When I took it out a couple hours later and was nibbling around the edges, I realized that I had accidentally accomplished the goal of this Family Favourites series. The cookie dough tasted just like cookies my mum used to make around Christmas. She would make the dough, roll it into a log and then keep it in the freezer until she wanted to bake some, then she’d just cut off a few slices of the log and put them in the oven. She called them Grandma Cookies. Probably because she got the recipe from Grandma. They were your basic cookie: white flour, sugar, eggs and lots of butter. But somehow they had their own special flavour and place in my heart. I think it was a texture thing; I loved to eat slices of raw dough off the log (the risk of salmonella was worth it to my younger, non-vegan, cookie dough-obsessed self). 

So here’s what you should know: these cookies are SO FREAKIN GOOD by themselves and then they are topped off with warm, gooey apple slices marinated with cinnamon and nutmeg. There’s no going wrong here. Make this recipe ASAP. Oh and I’d like to make a fun announcement: We’re doing a giveaway!! The prize is Gena Hamshaw’s new cookbook, Food52 Vegan, and later on (when it is finally published) my new baby, The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook! Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter giveaway below to enter the contest. Note: it’s limited to Canada the US only (really sorry, everyone else).

So that was my story for the day, folks. Hope you enjoyed. I am really done with this set of 24 hours now and just wanna eat one of these cookies and watch The X Files with Jack, so that is what I am gonna do. xx




Spiced apples:

1 cup thinly sliced apples

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder

1/4 teaspoon ginger powder

2 tablespoons maple syrup 

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1 cup almonds

3 tablespoons maple syrup

3 tablespoons melted coconut oil 

To prepare the apples: toss them with the spices and maple syrup. Put them in your oven at a very low temperature, or in a dehydrator, for an hour or until they have softened. Check often to make sure they don’t dry out or burn – you want them warm, soft and gooey. 

To make the cookies: grind the almonds into flour in a food processor or blender. Throw the almond flour into a bowl and stir in the maple syrup and coconut oil until you get a sticky, crumbly mixture. If it’s not sticking together, add some more maple syrup. If it’s too wet, add some ground flax seeds or more almond flour. Spread this the cookie dough evenly onto a cookie sheet, about 1/2 inch thick, and put in the fridge or freezer until solid, an hour or two. Cut into cookies.

Spoon some warm apple slices onto your cookies and dig in! 



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62 thoughts on “‘The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook’ Giveaway, Emily’s Almond Cookies and a fabulous bonus from Gena Hamshaw @Choosing Raw

  1. Beth R.

    We’re simple–I take freshly-popped popcorn, toss it with Ceylon cinnamon and sea salt. While the popcorn is popping, I melt chocolate chips with a little olive oil. When that’s good and drippy, I drizzle it all over the popcorn and toss. It’s phenomenal.

  2. Jacky

    Candied yams was never a dessert at Thanksgiving, but anything with that many (vegan) marshmallows on top shouldn’t be called a side dish with a straight face.

  3. Terri Cole

    Every Christmas, for as long as I can remember, my grandma made cornflake macaroons. It is a simple cookie that depends on whipped egg whites to bind the ingredients together. I haven’t had them since going vegan 3 plus years ago. But this year I will be attempting to veganize them with aquafaba. Fingers crossed!

  4. Katie

    Apple crisp was always a family favourite and I have finally managed to recreate a vegan and GF version of my mum’s one. I love it so much!!!!

  5. stacey

    Vegan Banana Bread Biscotti…sooooooo yummy! I use lots of different flavor combinations-ginger, cardamom, coconut…cinnamon chocolate, really good with a little chipotle powder, but I’m out of it and my local coop stopped carrying it :-(…pumpkin spice, pistachio and cranberry…coconut and pomegranate… ok, I’ll stop, you get the gist!

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      You’re killin’ me Stacey. Especially with the chipotle idea. I’m a spice and heat but myself. Maybe a pinch of cayenne till you restock?
      Mmmmm and the biscotti thing with banana bread had to be the best anyway you do it.
      Thank you. All these ideas today are good enough for their own cookbook right?

  6. Mia K

    I’m so excited to make these cookies! they sound like the sugar cookies my mom and I used to make around christmas time that we’d make into christmas trees and stars and decorate with tons of sugary colorful sprinkles and leave out by the tree. A vegan and perhaps healthier version would be so amazing to try! a christmas treat that I can not only eat now, but feel good about while still getting those warm and fuzzy feelings of being a kid again. Now I just want to blast some festive tunes and get to cooking some festive desserts… too early for that?

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  8. Dana

    My favorite would have to be muffins. Whenever I make them, my mom always says “make sure they have a muffin top, not like one of those puny, flat-top muffins”. : )

  9. Marika

    So many favourite family desserts. One that stands out is a potato dumpling with a plum, or plum jam in the middle, rolled in breadcrumbs and then sugar. Or peach pie.

  10. Breanna

    Oh man… that’s a tough question! Since it was just Thanksgiving, I think pumpkin pie is a family favourite that I love to make! In fact, I just made a raw pumpkin pie from a recipe by Emily! It was AMAZING. Otherwise, I really just love any vegan dessert… 🙂

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  12. karli

    my mother makes the BEST cheesecake, which I have found memories of enjoying before I went vegan. I am still working on finding the perfect vegan version

  13. Crystal

    One of my favourite desserts -we would often eat for breakfast – it was a very decadent warm vanilla pudding. I haven’t tried to create a vegan version – yet!

  14. Samantha

    Fruit tart! So easy and delicious. It’s just puff pastry with a jam spread topped with a variety of fruit like strawberries and blueberries.

  15. KJ | Om Nom Herbivore

    My favorite seasonal dessert/breakfast as a kid was Cinnamon Rolls. Every Christmas Eve morning my mom and I would make cinnamon rolls then sit down to eat them while we watched The Santa Clause 🙂 I still do this now that I’m married and moved out except I make vegan cinnamon rolls now.

  16. Jessica

    Zuchinni bread! …our neighbors always grew zuchinni so we would always get a ton of their extra zuchinni and and that is always what my mom would make with them 🙂

  17. Jessica Eagle

    Thanks Angela for this wonderful giveaway.

    Hummm…good question. Personnaly, I really enjoy a vegan banana bread. Miummm…! However, for my husband, it is not sweet enough…hi hi ! For him, I like to prepare different kind of raw dessert, such as apple pie with nuts base, raw zucchinis and chocolate bars and some raw energy balls with maca, etc.

  18. Jennifer Huva

    Once my siblings and I started getting older, my dad would make pears stewed in red wine and spices with a bit of whipped cream on top. Warm, fragrant, offset by cool cream… Nothing like it! Mmmm.

    1. Andrea

      A family favorite recipe was Monkey Bread using canned biscuits. My mom used to make it for breakfast only every once in a while because it has so much sugar!

  19. Sherwood

    The closest thing to a family favorite dessert I make are these cinnamon raisin no-bake bites. They certainly taste like dessert, and I’ve taken to making a batch every week!

  20. Christine

    These look so delicious and simple and full of perfect fall flavors! I’m a washington girl and there’s nothing I love better than a good apple 🙂
    My favorite seasonal dessert has definitely got to be pecan pie. Something so rich about those mapley-buttery nuts. Yummmmm…..

  21. Katherine

    A family fav dessert at my house is ice cream, unfortunately. Last year I made a frozen banana ice cream pie, with a similar base like this cookie (but walnuts instead of almonds) and then with a cacao/coconut oil/maple syrup topping. It was a major major hit. I’ve been asked to make it again and again!

  22. Alena

    Hi Angela,

    I love the simplicity of the ingredients and also the beautiful photographs. These cookies are definitely on my list for next weekend’s family get together! Thanks a lot for the inspiration. Oh and Emily is such a role model, would love to own one of her books some day 🙂

    All the best,


  23. Anna

    Around the holidays I love making apple pie from scratch. Each piece I eat (and I eat most of them haha) makes me feel so warm and cozy! Last year I mixed it up making a pear, apple, and cranberry tart. So delish!

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