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Green Superfood Cookies

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Here is a cookie that you can feel good about! Treat yourself to these light and sweet morsels that pack a serious nutrient punch šŸ™‚

Spirulina is a blue-green algae typically mixed into foods in powder form. ItĀ is a completeĀ protein that supplies iron and B-vitamins, including vitamin B12. Potential health benefits are numerous and include lowered cholesterol, weight management, treatment for allergies, control of ADHD, steady blood sugar levels in diabetics, immune system boost, improved athletic performance, greater energy levels, and longevity.

Goji berries, also known as wolf berries, are native to Mongolia, China, and the Tibetan Himalayas. The berries are a rich source of antioxidants, particularly carotenoids such as beta-carotene and zeaxanthin, which support eye health and may aid in the prevention of age-related macular degeneration. Other health claims include cancer prevention, decreased cholesterol, lowered blood sugar, improved circulation, longevity, and improved immunity. IndividualsĀ taking blood thinners, such as Warfarin (Coumadin) should talk to their doctor before including Goji berries in their diet due to possible drug-interaction.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 C melted coconut oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 C 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 C coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp spirulina
  • Small handful of goji berries
  • 1 square of finely chopped 85% dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp of Qia original superfood blend (hemp, chia seeds, buckwheat groats)

Directions: Mix eggs, oil, and syrup together. Mix flour and baking powder together then stir into the liquid mixture. The batter will initially be thin and lumpy. Don’t worry- the cookies are not ruined! Keep whisking everything together and the batter will begin to thicken. Spoon the batter onto a greased or non-stick cookie sheet. The batter should make about 12 medium-size cookies. I had to experiment with the cooking time and temperature because the directions on the website I got this recipe from didn’t end up working- the cookies came out looking like soup. Try cooking for about 15 minutes at 325 degrees, but check them as they cook and adjust time and temperature as needed. The aroma of coconut from the flour and coconut oil will make your house smell heavenly!

Inspiration for this recipe was found here:Ā http://www.wellnessholisticbeauty.com/2013/03/spirulina-goji-berries-cookies.html

Lunch Inspiration

IMG_1020Diced mushrooms, lentils, avocado, and mixed greens with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Get creative with your meals. Adding a variety of fruits and vegetables to your diet, finding flavor combinations you like, and even making your food look pretty will making eating healthy more enjoyable and easier to sustain over the long term.

 

The Most Natural Brownies You Will Ever Eat!

Looks like someone already helped themselves to a big piece!

Looks like someone already helped themselves to a big piece!

 

I tried out this recipe because I was so intrigued by it- BLACK BEANS in brownies?? Whatttt. And DATES? No sugar or eggs? Even as the adventurous foodie that I am, whether or not these treats were truly edible, much less tasty, was highly questionable. But they are both edible and tasty!! They really really are!

 

Since I know that you are probably as skeptical as I was, here are the ingredients you will need to try it and see for yourself:

 

  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 10 Medjool dates, with pits removed
  • 2 tbsp almond butter (ingredients should be almonds &salt only)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 C unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp ground chia seeds
  • 1 bar of 88% dark chocolate

* These brownies are also vegan because they do not contain any animal products, like egg or milk

Directions: Begin by pulsing dates in a food processor until they are smooth, add black beans and continue running processor. Next add almond butter and vanilla. Once these ingredients are smooth and well-mixed, transfer to a mixing bowl. Stir in cacao powder, chia seeds, and 2/3 of the dark chocolate broken into small chunks. Pour into 8×8 in pan sprayed with non-stick spray. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chunks over top brownie batter. Cook at 200 degrees for 90 minutes. * Let cool about 2 hours before slicing and serving* This cooking and cooling process helps create a better authentic brownie texture. It’s surprising how much like a “real” brownie this tastes. Let me know what you think!

The inspiration for this post came from peacefuldaily.com. šŸ™‚