It is DAY 23 of "Raw Food Recipes with Excalibur" and I am excited to introduce you to Dina Lauro and her AMAZING Chunkie Dunkies raw vegan cookies. I connected with Dina on Twitter, and was thrilled to discover her incredible company. For each of these community events, I always pick a new blogger or company to feature in addition to the top established people, and this month it is all about Chunkie Dunkies!

This little business started just over a year ago, and is growing so rapidly it is set to become one of the premier raw vegan cookie companies in the country in no time! Whole Foods is banging down their door, as well as many other national retailers and distributors. When we start seeing Chunkie Dunkies raw vegan cookies in every health food store in the country we will remember, "we were dunking our raw chunkies way back when!"

After attending culinary school at the Natural Gourmet Institute in NY, and completing an internship at the Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida, Dina's life changed and Chunkie Dunkies was born. It has been one year since Dina created her first chocolate chip flavour; and with countless flavours and 37 stores later, Chunkie Dunkies is exploding! Dina has plans to expand her company to offer raw vegan creams, cheeses and more. 

To her credit, Dina never told me she was struggling to manage the rapid expansion. But when I started clicking around her website, I found her Indiegogo campaign, where she hope to raise $13,000 in the next nine days in order to purchase supplies and business insurance. If you have a few extra bucks to help a start-up business, head over there and shower Dina with some cookie monster love! These cookies are fantastic for people with food allergies. As Dina says, "these are scrumptious raw vegan goodies created for healthy monsters." This little piggy monster LOVES her branding!  

So, what is so great about these Chunkie Dunkies?

Well, besides being absolutely delicious, these cookies and muffins are raw, vegan, sprouted, gluten free, dairy free, cholesterol free, and are loaded with protein, fibre, nutrients, and antioxidants. Currently, these cookies come in all kinds of delicious flavours such as: carrot cake, chocolate chip mint, almond carob chip, chocolate chip, carob walnut chip, and these delicious raw vegan apple raisin walnut cookies. You can purchase Chunkie Dunkies online or select retailers. 

How lucky are we to have one of the secret recipes?! Yipppeeee! This recipe is quick, DELICIOUS, super easy, and tastes as close to conventional chewy cookies as you are ever going to get! Besides being cookies, these can also be served as mini muffins because of their "cake-like" texture. I spread a little raw coconut cream on them and I was in piggy heaven! Try crumbling these cookies on some raw vegan vanilla ice cream too. Oh my.......

One bite of these Chunkie Dunkie monster babies and you will fall in LOVE with Dina Lauro. To sample more of her delectable raw vegan recipes, check out her culinary classes at The Raw Vegan Gourmet. You can get a sense of her fabulous energy on this You Tube video. 

Dina, thankyou for sharing one of your fabulous recipes as part of this event. You ROCK!

Learn more about Dina Lauro at Chunkie Dunkies
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Chunkie Dunkies Raw Apple Raisin Walnut Cookies

  • 1 cup gluten free oats, ground
  • 3 cups of mixed raw nuts (raw almonds, walnuts or pecans)
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 & 1/8 tsp Celtic sea salt
  • 4 organic apples (sweeter varieties) 2 apples chopped and 2 apples blended
  • 3/4 to 1 cup liquid sweetener (maple syrup or raw agave)
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp alcohol-free natural vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup gluten-free oats, whole
  1. In food processor, using the “S” blade, grind nuts into flour.
  2. Add 1 cup of oats to nut mixture and process into flour.
  3. Add cinnamon and salt into the mixture and pulse until incorporated.
  4. Remove nut mixture and place in bowl.
  5. In the food processor, using the "S" blade, add 2 apples that have been cored and pulse them into a chunky texture.  These will be folded into your dough to give the cookies a nice texture.
  6. Remove the pulsed apples and put them aside.
  7. In your food processor, add the sweetener, coconut oil, and vanilla and blend.
  8. Add the other half of the apples (non shredded but cored) and blend well. I used my Vitamix.
  9. Remove wet mixture and place into dry mixture bowl.
  10. Add raisins, chopped walnuts, whole oats, and chunky apples to your dough and mix very well with hands.
  11. Place cookie dough in the fridge to set for about an hour.
  12. Shape cookies with an ice cream scoop and place on Excalibur dehydrator trays (without telflex sheets) and dehydrate for 8 to 12 hours at 115º until desired texture is achieved.

Learn more about Dina Lauro at Chunkie Dunkies
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Tips!

How to prevent sticking when chopping dried fruits

Chopping dried fruits such as dates, apricots and raisins can be a sticky mess. The fruit sticks to the knife, the board and your fingers. To get yourself out of a sticky situation just rub a tiny drop of cold pressed oil onto the blade of your knife. The fruit will slide right off after cutting.

Tess you are amazing!!!
Little piggies if you have any questions please ask away.
Enjoy these cookies with some chilled fresh nut milk!  Mmmmm

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Dina - YOU are AMAZING.
I LOVE what you are doing with your company and want you to expand so everyone in the country can taste your fabulous gluten free raw vegan cookies. Thankyou for generously sharing one of your recipes as part of this event. You ROCK!

I found this recipe a little confusing.  Are these cookies made with oat groats or rolled oats?  If oat groats are they sprouted and dehydrated or used drained?  Are the nuts soaked first and dehydrated or used drained?  This recipe sounds/looks so delicious I have to make them!

Hi Cindiloops !

This recipe calls for rolled oats. 
The nuts are not soaked but as you probably know, it is better to do so because the enzyme inhibitor in the nut is released.  This make them easier to digest. 
I like to scoop the cookies with an ice cream scooper or you can flatten them out on teflex sheets and cut them into bars.  Have fun creating :)

just wondering if you peeled the apples first

No the organic skins are full of nutrients and fiber.  Love skins!!!

These look great! I don’t have a dehydrator- could I use an oven instead?

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Hey Erica,
These are SO good.
Yes, you can make these using the absolute lowest setting on your oven. ENJOY!

Fast becoming a Chunkie Dunkie Fan

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Wondeful!!!  Thanks Kayn!  Don’t forget to “like” us on facebook!  :)

We love our excaliburs!  They make the BEST Chunkie Dunkies!

These sound really good.
I was inspired to purchase an Excalibur dehydrator because of this event, and I am just about to make these cookies. I am really excited.

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I LOVE that! You are going to LOVE that Excalibur dehydrator. Can’t wait to hear what you think of these recipes. ENJOY!

I went ahead and left the skin on because I thought it would be more nutritious.  I made these last night and they are divine!  Everyone loves them.  I’ll bet your other varieties are equally delicious….it’s too bad it would be so uneconomical for me to get them here in Canada.  You have inspired me to experiment and come up with my own versions!

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Aren’t they DELICIOUS?! Dina’s cookies are seriously the BEST raw cookies I have ever tasted in my life! I am SO glad you made these. LOVE them!

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