Thursday, April 12, 2012

CALLING ALL COOKIE DOUGH LOVERS


I LOOOOVE Cookie Dough! It's just too good to pass up - but as everyone was probably told as a little kid, a lot of cookie dough isn't very good for you. Between the raw egg, butter and white sugar you're body is frowning at you big time when you turn into a cookie dough monster. Now I'm not saying that a little cookie dough isn't fabulous every now and again but what if you could eat cookie dough whenever your little heart desired...wouldn't that be super-fabulous! I made up these little treatsies to satisfy everyone's inner cookie dough monster and here's the great part: there is no raw egg, no butter and no refined sugar! These babies are super duper easy to make and filled with so much goodness its quite amazing they taste so yummy! I made oatmeal raisin but by no means is this recipe limited to that..experiment with different cookie combinations and see where that takes you (start with the base recipe and add from there!).


FUN FACTS ABOUT OUR STAR INGREDIENT: COCONUT OIL

Myth: Coconut Oil is bad for you because it contains high amounts of saturated fat.
FALSE! Coconut Oil is great for you. Fats are classified as short, medium and long chain based on the number of carbon molecules present. Long chain saturated fat have to be broken down a lot more that short or medium chain fats before they can be absorbed into the body. Coconut oil contains mostly medium chain fats and thus they are easily digested and made into an energy source rather than stored in the body.

Facts:
-Coconut oil is solid at room temperature which makes it great for refrigerator treats because they harden when cooled (cookie dough, chocolate, squares etc).
-Coconut oil has a very high melting point so it makes a great alternative to other oils when cooking
-This oil is extensively used in Ayurvedic Medicine (traditional indian medicine system - compliments yoga)
-Benefits include: stress relief, cholesterol balance, digestion, metabolism, reduce blood pressure, bone strength, its great for skin and hair care too! All of these benefits can be explained by coconut oil being a source of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid as well as it having antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant and soothing qualities.


COOKIE DOUGH TO SATISFY YOUR INNER COOKIE DOUGH MONSTER!

Base Ingredients:
1/2 cup whole oats
2/3 cup cashews
3/4 cup whole grain flour
(I used spelt but make it gluten free if you want)
5 big dried figs chopped
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup raw honey
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt

Added Ingredients:
1/3 cup whole oats
1/2 cup raisins

Instructions:
****First prepare a muffin tin lined with small muffin liners.
1) Put 1/2 cup whole oats and 3/4 cup cashews in a food processor or high power blender and blend until crumbly.
2) Add the flour and process until mixed.
3) Add the dry figs and blend again until the figs are completely broken up and mixed with the oat/cashew/flour mixture.
4) Transfer this mixture into a bowl and add the honey, coconut oil,vanilla and salt. Stir with a fork until the mixture becomes a dough like consistency.
5) Add the "Added Ingredients" in this case whole oats and raisins and combine until they are evenly distributed throughout the dough.
6) Roll about 1.5 tbsp of dough between the palms of your hands to form a ball. Place the ball in a small muffin liner inside of a muffin tin (or place all of the balls on a parchment lined baking tray). Repeat until all of the dough has been used.
7) Place the cookie dough balls in the freezer for aprox 30 min to set.
8) Remove from freezer and transfer to the fridge until serving time. Store in fridge.

Now let your inner cookie dough monster go crazy!

Love,
Malakai

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  2. I use it in cooking and baking mostly and also in raw hot chocolate which I will be posting shortly. Eating it alone is good too, really any way you can get it into your body - I wouldn't worry about whether your cooking with it, baking with it, or drinking it specifically. I also use it as a moisturizer!

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