December 11, 2015

ginnybakes Raspberry Chia Seed Jam Thumbprint Cookies

ginnybakes Raspberry Chia Seed Jam Thumbprint Cookies

I have a complicated relationship with gluten. It’s tumultuous, really. It attacks me and makes me feel really low and tired and lazy and gives me weird farts, and yet I seem to always return to it in times of craving comfort because it just tastes so good. Well times have changed!!!!! I’m turning a new leaf!!!!! Because I’m now in a new committed relationship, and it’s going really well, and I daresay I’m about ready to introduce them to mom and dad and MOST CERTAINLY bring them to all family holidays?  And that entity is ginnybakes.

ginnybakes provides the perfect platform for a cookie that doesn’t make you sacrifice taste for health. As a blossoming nutritionist, I sometimes think there’s a misconception behind this idea of “gluten-free.”  Gluten free pastas and breads saturate the “health food” aisle because companies got smart.  They recognized that people subscribe this halo of health to gluten-free, and they took advantage of us via marketing.  Truly nothing makes me eye roll more than when strolling through the produce aisle and seeing something like a kiwi marketed as “GLUTEN-FREE!!!”  Big companies know there’s this association between gluten=glutton, so while their products may technically be free of gluten, they may also be laden with starches that are equally (if not more!) processed.

So what do I do instead? Rather than reaching for things that are just marketed as “gluten-free,” I choose simple, real, whole ingredients I don’t need a master’s degree in phonetics to pronounce.  And this is what ginnybakes provides – ingredients like: organic gluten-free rolled oats, organic raisins, organic gluten-free oat flour, organic walnuts, and organic shredded coconut in their Coconut Oatmeal Bliss bake mix.

I put a bit of a twist on this boxed bake mix, and added in some additional superfoods.  My own recipe for these cookies: satiety (oats), sweetness (chocolate), antioxidants (raspberries), energy / mood balancing (maca powder), and brain boosting omega-3s (chia seeds). These are a hole in 1. As in, I shoved them all in my mouth ~hole in 1~ bite. Get the recipe below!

 

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For the cookies:

Raspberry chia seed jam:

  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine chia seed jam ingredients in a food processor. Set aside and let thicken.
  3. Whisk the egg, then combine bake mix, egg, and coconut oil. I got down and dirty and just used my hands, then folded in the coconut flakes and dark chocolate.
  4. Place dough in small 1-inch balls onto a lined baking sheet. Using a spoon, make a divot into the dough, then place about a teaspoon of the jam inside. Cover dough with another ball, so that chia seed jam is snuggled safely inside.
  5. I also chose to keep some of the cookies “open” – as in didn’t cover the chia seed jam with more dough. And other cookies, I didn’t include any jam at all. Made for a wonderful variety of coconutty chocolatey oaty goodness.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden and gooey.

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Superfood Spotlight

Chia seeds are a great source of fiber and omega-3s, making you happily satiated and keeps ya moving’.  Chia seeds are loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and are high in antioxidants, which decrease inflammation.  A study in type 2 diabetics showed that chia seeds can significantly lower blood pressure and a marker for inflammation.

Maca powder – Maca is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. It also improves sexual function, mood, and energy levels.

Oats are packed with fiber, and provide lasting, sustainable energy throughout the day.

Raspberries and dark chocolate are key sources of antioxidants, in turn helping to reverse the aging process, and providing just the right amount of sweetness.

OMGinny I’m ready for these aGIN and aGIN and aGIN.

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