February 9, 2017

Coconut Cashew Beet No-Bake Cookies

Coconut Cashew Beet No-Bake Cookies

The title of this post is just a fancy name for fat cookies. Yes, fat. Fu**ing Amazing Things. This is because they are made entirely from sources of saturated and unsaturated fats, with no added fruits or sugars, with a little kick of collagen (protein) and maca (SEXUAL VALENTINES DAY THINGS). I am simply inFATuated with them.

I made these because I am often asked what my favorite protein bar is, and I usually struggle answering that question. Even in bars marketed as new age and healthy, the first or second ingredient is usually some sugar derivative: organic brown rice syrup, organic agave, organic coconut nectar, organic cane sugar, dates, honey, or sugar alcohols. Just because a word has “organic” attached to it, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good for you. To be clear, if I am going to consume sugar, I would like it to come with some added benefits, see: prebiotic fiber like in dates or maple syrup. But alas, sugar is sugar, and I firmly believe that all sugar should be limited. Perfect Bars, while delicious, boast a whopping 22grams of sugar. 22grams!!!!! This is probably why they taste like candy can be devoured in 6 seconds flat (I know this from personal experiment / experience), but if I’ve learned anything from my nutrition research it’s that we’ve gotta get a handle on the sugar thing and the inflammation thing.

The average American these days consumes 160pounds of sugar per year. In the year 1700, the average person ate 4 pounds of sugar per year. HOW DID WE GET HERE THIS IS ABSURD?! Our bodies just weren’t meant to digest all of this sugar, and hence it so easily translates to central and visceral adiposity. The surge in sugar intake combined with increase in pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids, has created the perfect storm for inflammation in the body, leading to the likes of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and alzheimer’s.

LOLOLOL I thought this post was supposed to be about hope and happiness and Hallmark cards!!! Love and Valentine’s Day things! It was all a guise.

BUT there is something to be hopeful for. These cookies / protein bites have zero added sugars – no fruit sugars, no natural sugars, no alcohol sugars. Nothing. Just fats and a little bit of beet powder. The effects of monounsaturated and saturated fats prevent the rise in blood sugar and surge in inflammation. Speaking of surge, they may just give you a surge of energy too, with added maca powder and collagen protein. And and anndddd they’ll keep you full and satiated!!

Moral of story: don’t be afraid of fats. As noted above, they are Fu**ing Amazing Things. Be afraid of sugar and foods that digest as sugar (read: any source of glucose – pancakes, breads, rice, potatoes).

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter / manna
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 scoop collagen peptides ( // flavorless or vanilla protein of your choice) (optional)
  • 1 tbsp beet powder
  • 1/4 tsp maca powder

Here’s how:

  1. blend cashews in food processors
  2. add coconut butter, melted coconut oil, and vanilla extract
  3. process a few times
  4. add beet powder, maca, collagen and cinnamon
  5. Pulse until dough forms, around 10 seconds
  6. Roll into balls / hearts / heart balls
  7. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Keep chilled.

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LET’S MAC(A) LOVE TONIGHT:

In one study, the administration of maca significantly improved the self rated sexual desire score compared to the baseline tests, and compared to the placebo trial after supplementation. Individuals who took two weeks of maca supplementation not only improved their sexual desire, but also their cycling performance. Essentially you want to bang more, and you can last longer (1).  Is this okay to write? And to bold? Maybe there should be a warning upon entering this post – must be 17 years or older.

Another study confirmed these results. After 12 weeks of treatment, both Maca and placebo-treated patients experienced a significant increase in IIEF score (International Index of Erectile Dysfunction). What was different, however, is that patients taking Maca experienced a more significant increase than those taking placebo. The Maca group also had higher satisfaction profile scores than that of placebo group. This data supported a small but significant effect of Maca supplementation on subjective perception of general and sexual well-being in adult patients with mild erectile dysfunction (2).

It may even alleviate SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women (3). Sexy time. Happy early Valentine’s Day!!!!

To note, maca does exhibit estrogenic activity, so if you have abnormalities with estrogen or estrogen related disorders, it is best to talk to your doctor before taking. I am not a licensed medical professional and want you to be healthy, but also safe.

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