**I have had many emails asking how to make these raw chocolate cookies in a conventional oven for piggies who don't have an Excalibur dehydrator. The best suggestion came from one of our lovely readers Ann, who preheated her oven to 300 F and then placed these cookies in, closed the oven door, turned off the oven and allowed the oven to cool. She then took the cookies out and said they were AMAZING. I tried this method and it yields a better textured cookie than what I tried for you. I put my oven to 300 F and cooked for 10 minutes and then allowed to cool at room temperature. If you have any other experiences with these vegan chocolate cookies please post a grunt so that all the healthy blender pigs can benefit!
“Raw” cashews are widely available in pre-packaged bags as well as bulk bins. Always purchase from a supplier where there is a high turnover to ensure freshness and quality. Look for plump cashews that are uniform in colour. Avoid the limp and shrivelled ones. Cashews should smell nutty and sweet. If they have a sharp or bitter smell they have gone rancid. To preserve the precious oils, store cashews in a sealed glass jar in the fridge for up to six months. Always soak cashews before using to remove the enzyme inhibitors and make them more digestible.