March 26, 2015

Cherry Almond Breakfast Cookies

Cherry Almond Breakfast Cookies

I watched a movie last night(three movies, actually……) and its opening lines were,

“I wish the whole day were like breakfast, when people are still connected to their dreams, focused inward, and not yet ready to engage with the world around them. I realized this is how I am all day; for me, unlike other people, there doesn’t come a moment after a cup of coffee or a shower or whatever when I suddenly feel alive and awake and connected to the world. If it were always breakfast, I would be fine.”

I know I usually extract all of my most poignant breakfast/life quotes from Parks and Rec, but this guy really got me going.  Instead of engaging with the world around me in the morning, I choose to engage with these cookies. You should, too; they taste good.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • ⅓ cup dried cherries
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 overly ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp maca powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, combine wet ingredients and stir together well.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix together.
  5. Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of dough onto baking sheet and shape into a biscuit shape.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until tops and edges turn golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack.

Superfood Spotlight

These cookies are packed with protein and omega-3’s, most notably featuring: maca, flax seed and chia seed.The added maca powder increases energy, boosts sex drive, improves complexion, and balances mood.  Flax seed been used to treat a variety of chronic illnesses, cancer, arteriosclerosis, and strokes to name a few. It does so by stimulating the bio-oxidation of cells and assisting in oxygenation of every cell in the body. Lastly, anthocyanins found in tart cherries protect against conditions associated with inflammation and degeneration, including: cancer, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, and obesity.

Recipe adapted from: Running to the Kitchen

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