By Aylin Erman, EcoSalon
Since its introduction in 1912, NaBisCo’s Oreo cookie has becoming the best selling cookie of the 20th century in the U.S. This classic snack – crème smeared between two chocolate discs – is a childhood classic. But despite its popularity in numbers – more than 362 billion Oreos have been sold since 1912 – the cookie isn’t winning friends among health enthusiasts.
The first listed ingredient in Oreos is sugar. Other offenders include enriched flour, high-fructose corn syrup and artificial flavoring. One serving of Oreos equates to three cookies, which together contain 7 grams of fat, 2 of which are saturated, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 14 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein, 160 milligrams of sodium, and traces of calcium and iron.
Overall, the cookie is devoid of any significant nutrition and packed with empty calories and low-quality carbohydrates that only spike blood-sugar levels rather than add digestion-friendly fiber. The solution is to get as simple and pure as possible. The following recipe is an almost-raw, vegan version of Oreos, without the sugar and flour. Coconut butter is a rich and decadent alternative to the vanilla crème, while a walnut and date mixture become the ultimate power couple for the discs. The result is a denser, more satisfying treat that fills you up with enzymes, nutrients, and taste!
Pair with a glass of warm vanilla almond milk if you’re feeling the occasion!
Vegan Oreo Cookies
Makes 10-15 cookies
For the chocolate wafers
- 1 cup walnuts
- 8 Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
- Dash of sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
For the vanilla crème filling
- 1/2 cup coconut butter
For the filling, process all ingredients until the mixture forms a ball.
Roll out the walnut mixture so that it is about 1/2-inch thick. Place in the freezer for about 30 minutes, or until hardened and easier to work with.
Use a 2-inch diameter cookie cutter to form discs.
Place 1 teaspoon of coconut butter between two discs and press both sides of the cookie together so the cream flattens and resembles an Oreo.
Enjoy the healthy fats of the walnuts and coconut butter as well as the fiber and potassium founds in the dates. This is a much healthier and more satisfying alternative to the virtually nutritionally-devoid Oreo cookie.
Store these in a refrigerator to prevent the coconut cream from getting too soft or melting.
Aylin Erman currently resides in Istanbul and is creator of plant-based recipe website GlowKitchen.