The worlds healthiest cookie!? Very probably, certainly one of the dang tastiest.
These beauties are so easy and satisfying, not to say as addictive as broad beans fresh from their little green sleeping bags (lunch today, once you pop……) and we all know how addictive the world of fresh podding can be!?
Healthy cookies!!!!??^*^#**^*# What!!!!!! I know, but really, they are not laden-ed with spinach or spirulina, but are an amazing treat for the tastebuds that is also amazing for the body and I dare say the soul. Eating one of these will have you soaring in a world of food goodness.
These cookies boast raw cacao (super, super food), nuts (just plain super) and tahini (seriously super); all raw, with no flour, no added sugar or dairy in sight, but oh so rich and sweet. Add to this the odd goji berry and you are flying in cookie heaven. Ground control to major biscuit!
Gojis are cool for many reasons, primarily it’s down to the name. GOJI, or as some call them ‘Wolf Berries’ (almost equally as cool), they are popular ingredient in the East, especially China. Goji berries can normally be found in Asian food stores for a fraction of the price of your average ‘health food’ shop and most I have found are not ‘organically’ grown anyway. Gojis have a pleasant flavour eaten alone, but for some reason, really compliment nuts.
THE ESSENCE OF NON-BAKING
Is it just me or is there something quite Zen about this whole non-cooking thing. Today, we are non-baking. Baking, without baking…….Heating very gently, maintaining goodness.
Non-baking/cooking is basically keeping everything below 46oC (or thereabouts) over which vitamins and enzymes simply die, never to enrich thy body.
Non-baking is so much easier and generally alot simpler than conventional baking. The food processor is the key piece of equipment for getting things together and then the dehydrator takes over, replacing the oven.
They could be baked on a gentle setting, we are looking for a cookie with a moist centre and a crisp outer layer. Something like 150oC for 45 minutes (I am guessing). We used our little dehydrator to get the cookies nice and crispy and we even had the pleasure of eating some straight from the dehydrator, like fresh bread from the oven, you can’t beat it.
I remember reading of raw food people eating ‘warm’ things from the dehydrator and thinking it quite odd, but its strange how quickly things change. Like the wind. We now love our dehydrator and use it daily for all sorts of things.
WHAT IS RAW CACAO?
Tastes like chocolate and really it is unprocessed chocolate, with all the superb health qualities of the worlds favourite treat preserved. Cacao is the cousin of the roasted and processed bean that is used in the vast majority of chocolate making. Raw cacao has a mild stimulant, theobromine, which helps to cure depression and does give you a little buzz (similar to coffee, but without the come-down). Traditionally in the Americas, chocolate (cacao) has even been used as a medicine.
Raw cacao has alarming levels of anti-oxidants and plenty of dietary fibre. Having said all of this, eating too much chocolate is not a good thing. It can irritate the kidneys and liver and can even lead to sexual dysfunction. Ouch!!!! Still, nutrition news morphs fast, its hard to keep track sometimes. A few, peaceful squares on chocolate on a comfortable couch is something whole-heartedly promoted (and practiced) by all in the BHK.
A COOK DREAMIN’ OF SWEETER ONIONS
Last night I looked up and saw our pots hanging there and remembered that cooking is possible in the house. I am not missing the washing up I can tell you! I do however miss frying onions and garlic, reducing sauces until they’re thick and potent, I miss roasting spices, roasted and sweet veggies in general and the joys of homemade bread.
I have been cooking loads recently and playing with many recipes, mostly vegan. I have reached the unenviable stage of actually dreaming about food. It has become quite serious, dreaming of recipes. The main problem being that when you wake up you either forget them, or they turn out to be complete nonsense. Fortunately, in last nights dreamland, I was lost in India on pretty funky looking bus, then in Delhi getting my palm read by an old, toothless gypsy crone. Then a cobra! A welcome return to dreamland form. Food just doesn’t fit in other astral plains, its surely just a humanoid pass time.
So cooked dishes will be returning to the BHK shortly, but raw food is still a real blast! Raw food will always play a major role in our diet, but some cooked goodies will be incorporated. Some things are actually better for you when cooked, tomatoes being one. Raw food is awesome, whole food is awesome, all food is awesome! What a wonderful way of giving our body energy, breathing and eating (not at the same time please).
Treat yourself, go a little Choco Nut Tahini today.
Makes 8 decent cookie sized cookies:
1 1/2 cups cashews (soaked 3 hours), 1 cup almond (soaked 3 hours), 3/4 cup chopped dates, 1 cup almond milk (or your favourite milk), 2 tbs dark tahini, 2 tbs goji berries, 4 tbs raw cacao, 1/2 cup whole hazelnuts
In a food processor, blend your cashews, tahini, cacao, goji, dates and almonds to a rough paste (scrapping down the sides regularly). Begin to add your milk slowly until a sticky, dough-like paste is formed. You want it to be a little wet, as this will dry out in the dehydrator/ oven and leave a nice moist middle. At the end, add your hazelnuts and pulse a few times to incorporate, but not break up too much.
Spread into your dehydrator shelf for a tray bake approach or as we do, cut out squares of baking parchment (lightly oiled) and form small balls in your hands (like a slightly small squash ball). Pat them onto the baking parchment until it resembles a cooking, they will shrink a little when dehydrated, but not much. Pop a whole hazelnut on top to finish things off nicely.
Leave to dehydrate for around 5 hours for a moist centre of for 8 hours for a crisp cookie. Whichever you prefer.
Leave to cool in the rack for 30 minutes, then place in a tupperware to keep them nice and crisp.
Ideally warm, we had ours with a magic ‘peach melba cream’ (raw vegan, recipe to follow).
We Love It!
Because when you can have your cake and eat it, it is always best to do so with gusto and smiles!
I think all berries are good for you, except those deadly nightshade things (although they did look enticing as a child even with that name!)
Goji berries have long been heralded as a ‘super’ food, mainly because they contain ridiculously high levels of vitamin C (some say the highest around).
They contain 18 amino acids, 21 minerals, glyco-nutrients for cell communication, and more beta-carotene than any other food on earth. They also contain a substance that stimulants the release of growth hormones in the body, making them an anti-aging gift from nature.