Sunday Processing

November 29th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Late Night Craziness

Almost a month ago my sweet friend Cindy asked me if I might be interested in trying a recipe she created. I said “Sure!” and she sent the recipe to me, and that recipe has sat in my inbox all this time, patiently waiting for me to make good on my promise.

Well today is finally the day! Cranberry Orange Bites here we come!

I did a little tweaking of Cindy’s recipe, so check hers out for the original version.

1 C soaked, raw cashews
4-6 ripe large medjool dates (pitted)
1 Tbsp coconut oil

Cranberry Filling
1 C + 1/2 C whole, fresh cranberries, separated
2 Tbsp agave
1/2 C dried sweetened cranberries
1/2 C Orange Juice

Cindy’s original recipe calls for almonds but I was short on almonds so I used 1 cup of cashews instead. I let them soak in water all morning and drained them when I was ready to get started.

Soaked cashews went into the food processor with 5 medjool dates and a 1 Tbsp of coconut oil.

Start Cranberry Bites

I scrounged out some muffins tins from the cupboard.

If You Care

Yes, I care!

In the Tins

I pressed a heaping tablespoon of the crust mix into each tin.

Next into the food processor went 1 cup of cranberries and 2 Tbsp of agave nectar to make a cranberry puree. Mixed in with the cranberry puree went the other 1/2 c of whole cranberries, 1/2 c of dried cranberries and 1/2 cup of orange juice.

As instructed, I preheated the oven to 300 and then turned it off as I placed the cranberry bites in for about 2 hours.

Cranberry Bites Ready

This cranberry orange bite recipe made 12 servings, 130 calories each.

While I had the food processor out, I figured I might as well put it to work.

Curried Chick Pea Sandwich Spread for lunch tomorrow, for both me and the Z Man.

Curried Chick Pea Spread One For Each of Us

Next up? Some Sun Dried Tomato Hummus, sampled with a couple (four) Kashi crackers – just to make sure it wasn’t poisonous.

Sun Dried Tomato Hummus

And then I’m not sure exactly what came over me, but I was in the mood to do some experimenting and created my very own vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe. The crust from Cindy’s Cranberry Bites was so incredibly yummy I used it my source of inspiration for the cookies.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 C of raw cashews
6 medjool dates, pitted
1/3 C raw almonds
1 1/2 C rolled oats
1/2 C almond milk
1/2 C chocolate chips (I used Ghiradelli and as far as I can tell from the ingredient list, they appear to be dairy free)

First, I made oat flour with 1 1/2 cups of rolled oats.

First Oats

Look! Oat flour! Like magic! A big shout out to Mama Averie for this tip!

Now Oat Flour

Empty the oats into a separate bowl and make a big wet ball of dough with cashews, dates and almond.

Oat Flour and Wet Ball

Mix well, add 1/2 c of almond milk and then gently fold in chocolate chips.

Fold in Chocolate Chips

The cranberry bites had been in the oven for about an hour and a half at this point and I pulled them out and turned the oven back on to 375. 1 Tbsp Cookie dough balls scooped out and plopped onto coconut oil greased cookie sheets. Cooked for 9 – 11 minutes.


I ended up putting my cranberry bites back into the oven at 375 for a little while because I wanted the whole cranberries to break down just a little bit more. After 10 minutes I took them out and put them on a rack to cool their jets.

Cooling Their Jets

The cookies came out of the oven just in time for the cookie inspectors to arrive.

Cookie Sampler

Ava Tested, Ava Approved.

Kid Approved

Maxine was too busy chowing to give me any sort of hand signals to whether or not she liked them. The cookie disappeared though and hasn’t been seen since this picture was taken. I’ve notified the authorities.

No Time for Thumbs Up

Then the time came do a little cranberry bite profiling.

Cranberry Bite Profile

They totally rocked! Good job Cindy, Zak and I both loved them. The kids wouldn’t eat them but this is no surprise. I’m sure they just look a little too healthy. We loved how perfectly sweet and tangy they were!

The cookies turned out great too, especially considering I had no recipe and was flying by the seat of my cookie pants. I love that they have no refined sugar, but they could have been just a *little* sweeter. If I had to tweak them I would have added a 1/4 – 1/2 cup of agave nectar. The chocolate chips saved the sweetness day.

These cookies clocked in at just 83 calories each. 26 cookies were made from this recipe.

It’s been a fun afternoon food processor! We make a good team!

Good Job Food Processor

You did real good my giant Cuisinart. Now hit the showers – you are a total mess.

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12 Responses

  • OMG this is a winner of a post:
    the cranberry bites AND the choc chip cookies. So glad that I helped you remember that oat flour is 4 seconds away at any given time :) And that I helped you channel your inner creative Kitchen Goddess! Thank you for that email, super sweet :)

    And I probably would have kept them raw. Like dough. I would have skipped the nut milk and just gone raw cookie dough but I am just that way LOL
    The c’berry bites look perfect, love the crust. Cashews are mellow’er and smoother than almonds and I bet the crust was divine. And the filling too.

    Love you Alison!

  • Julie says:

    Both of your treats looks very good and easy enough for me to tackle. Why soak the cashews? Does it soften them?

    • Alison says:

      Yes – it softens them and makes them easier to work with. I like cashews because they soften up in just a couple hours. Almonds usually have to go 8 hours or more. Soaking nuts makes them easier to digest and absorb more nutrients from them too. That’s a “Brendan Says!”

  • Holly says:


    all of this looks amazing and only solidifies the fact i need a mini food processor for xmas (within my price range). those cranberry bites look awesome – love that cindy gal!

    have a wonderful week lady!

  • Erika says:

    Wow, those cranberry things look so good! I love my food processor for so many things. Plus it is the closest thing I have to a vitamix…Santa, are you listening?

  • Amy says:

    Everything you made looks great! I was looking for raw cashews at my regular grocery store today and couldn’t find them, just roasted, salted or not. I guess I’ll try Whole Foods later this week.

  • Lizzy says:

    the chocolate chip cookies look out of this world as do the cranberry bites! you are one extraordinary baker girl!

  • janetha says:

    you just blew me away with all this deliciousness. i starred the post in my reader and am now bookmarking it in my browser! i want to make it all! thanks for sharing :) so glad ava gave the thumbs up!! so cute. max too. xoxo

  • Cindy says:

    I love how easy it is to tweak stuff! Thanks for the calorie info! I really had no idea!

    yours look beautiful with the cranberries on top!!!!
    Glad you and Zak loved them!

    I LOVE my food processor…Holly totally needs to get one!

  • Mama Pea says:

    No mention of Maxine being topless and tattooed with ballpoint pen? I can’t just let these things go.

  • Erica says:

    Hooray for the Sunday baking! Those cranberry creations look awesome (LOVE cranberry). And I hope you saved some hummus for me :) Is it really Monday? Are we sure?