Sunday, October 28, 2012

vegan mofo :: raw pecan "sandies," cookies for a hurricane

When life gives you hurricanes, make cookies: Raw Pecan "Sandies" 
Unless you've been living a cave, you undoubtedly heard the news about the ginormous Frankenstorm making her way up the East Coast. Plus-sized Hurricane Sandy is supposed to be a weather event of epic proportions, and she is headed straight for Philadelphia, NYC and Washington DC.

Hurricane Sandy's projected path of destruction is even bigger than my cookies.

While others prepared by getting bread and soy milk, I headed straight for the liquor store. But seriously folks, in my opinion, the storm could go either way. The media has a way of sparking up mass hysteria concerning the weather. And it's interesting to witness how this frenzy acts as Viagra for the economy. I stopped at Whole Foods after my gym workout this afternoon for spinach and turned right around – the lines were longer than my unread Twitter feed. People were lined up at the gas pumps, and the parking lot at Lowe's looked like a mosaic of cars.


Pecan "Sandies"
I have a 'fridge full of pies [!], a pantry overflowing with canned beans, food for the kitties, water, flashlights, and candles. But this preparedness is not breaking news: I always have these things on hand and didn't need to run out and make a special trip. Still, I figured making some raw cookies couldn't hurt. My Raw Pecan Sandies are an homage to Mother Nature, made with pantry staples. Plus, the violent whirring of the food processor as you grind the nuts mimics the violent whirring of Hurricane Sandy.....groan.... I'm getting hyperbolic, so here's the recipe.  Enjoy the cookies and be safe.  And in the event of a disaster, never leave your pets behind. Make sure you have a disaster plan designed for your human and furry kids.

Raw Pecan Sandies

  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 2 tsp raw agave nectar
  • 2 tsp raw tahini or other favorite raw nut butter
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Scraping of one vanilla bean [Optional, but wonderful]
  • Pinch of cinnamon [Skip if you are aiming for "authentic" sandies]
  • 6-12 pecan pieces for decorating


Makes 6 large or 12 small cookies

Process the pecans in a food processor until very fine and the ground nut flour starts to stick to the sides.

Transfer to a medium bowl and mix with remaining ingredients.

Roll into balls and decorate each cookie with a pecan piece. Refrigerate for an hour if you prefer a firmer cookie.




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16 comments:

Esther at A,B,C,Vegan said...

I may just have to make these as I wait out the storm too.... Happen to have a bunch of pecans! :)

Dreena said...

Love your sense of humor in light of must be a little freaky! These look great, don't you love the ease of some raw goodies??

Also love your new nail color. ;)

Mattheworbit said...

Yum. And we're thinking of you - stay safe and look after yourself. The food processor noise/hurricane comparison made me laugh, though! :P

Julie Hasson said...

Stay safe Dynise! So glad that you've got a fridge full of pies. I could swing you over some casseroles if you're so inclined; )

glutenfreehappytummy.com said...

those cookies look amazing! stay safe!!

mamapasta said...

can I make those cakes even if there is no storm in sight here in Poitou-Charentes ?
( we use to have storms in winter)...I see that your pantry is a bit like mine....Cats and human food by load....





urban vegan said...

Thanks, Dreena! Yes, that's the great thing about raw cookies easy to make and eat ;)

urban vegan said...

Thanks, Matt. Worst will be this afternoon--headed straight for Philly :(

urban vegan said...

I'll trade you some pies for casseroles, amiga xx

Hannah said...

I like the way you think! I also made cookies, but now I'm thinking I could use a second round with these babies. Nice and quick too, so there's a good chance they'd be done before we lose power.

Jennifer Lynskey said...

Those look yummy and so storm friendly!

Allysia said...

Ha ha, I would probably beeline for the liquor store in the event of a hurricane... :) Luckily we never have to deal with those over here in Saskatchewan - just blizzards! But those are never quite as devastating as hurricanes can be since we have the infrastructure to deal with them. Take care!

Amey said...

oh gosh, I heard it was headed for Philly and I thought of you right away. Glad to see you have your raw cookie provisions keeping you safe. Sending lots of love!

Mandee said...

Yup, it's all over our news as well. I hope everyone is ok.

And these look delicious and so easy to make, yum!

Joey said...

Love the cookies - hope the hurricane isn't giving you too much trouble

urban vegan said...

I was fine, Joey, thanks. But Atlantic City and NJ shore, less than an hour from here, were devastated. So sad.