With the winter and holiday season here, naturally, we move to foods that have brought us the sweet sensation of comfort 🙂
What better way to satisfy your comfort than with warm cookies!
These cookies are a delicious treat, and they don’t punish the body 🙂
However, when making oil free plant based cookies, do be aware that they are not going to have that Mrs. Fields crispy crunch “Ness” to them. These cookies are preservative free, made to freely fuel your craving for comfort foods that are chemical and toxin free.
Like in other recipes I’ve posted, there are key reasons to using certain ingredients 😉
In this post, it’s important for you to know about the amazing benefits of black strap molasses! Blackstrap molasses is used as as a sweetener in these cookies:)
If you’ve never heard of it, now’s your chance to learn all about it, and why it’s a great alternative for you with your baking needs 🙂
Molasses is a thick syrup produced when the sugar cane plant is processed to make refined sugar for mass consumption. Whereas the toxic and unhealthy refined sugar is destined for our supermarket shelves, the highly nutritious molasses – which contains all the minerals and nutrients absorbed by the plant – is more likely to be sold as livestock feed instead.
Fortunately, the nutritional value of molasses is becoming better-known, and various grades of molasses are now being sold to us as baking ingredients, sugar substitutes and mineral supplements. This is especially true of blackstrap molasses, the highest and most nutritious grade of molasses. Below is a list of blackstrap’s health benefits and advice on how to consume it as a health supplement.
What blackstrap molasses does for us
Good for hair – One serving (two tablespoons) of blackstrap contains approximately 14 percent of our RDI of copper, an important trace mineral whose peptides help rebuild the skin structure that supports healthy hair. Consequently, long-term consumption of blackstrap has been linked to improved hair quality, hair regrowth in men and even a restoration of your hair’s original color! Click here for more information about blackstrap’s hair benefits.
Safe sweetener for diabetics – Unlike refined sugar, blackstrap molasses has a moderate glycemic load of 55. This makes it a good sugar substitute for diabetics and individuals who are seeking to avoid blood sugar spikes. Moreover, one serving of blackstrap contains no fat and only 32 calories, making it suitable for a weight loss diet.
Laxative qualities – Blackstrap is a natural stool softener that can improve the regularity and quality of your bowel movements.
Rich in iron – Two tablespoons of blackstrap contain 13.2 percent of our RDI of iron, which our bodies need to carry oxygen to our blood cells. People who are anemic (including pregnant women) will greatly benefit from consuming 1-2 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses per day.
High in calcium and magnesium – Blackstrap molasses contains a mineral profile that has been optimized by nature for superior absorption. For example, two tablespoons of blackstrap contains 11.7 percent of our RDI of calcium and 7.3 percent of our RDI of magnesium. This calcium-magnesium ratio is ideal, since our bodies need large quantities of magnesium to help absorb similarly large quantities of calcium. Both of these minerals aid the growth and development of bones, making blackstrap a good safeguard against osteoporosis and other bone diseases.
Additional mineral content – Two tablespoons of blackstrap molasses also contains 18 percent of our RDI of manganese (which helps produce energy from proteins and carbohydrates), 9.7 percent of our RDI of potassium (which plays an important role in nerve transmission and muscle contraction), 5 percent of our RDI of vitamin B6 (which aids brain and skin development) and 3.4 percent of our RDI of selenium, an important antioxidant.
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup oat flour
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup raw unpasteurized almonds
1/4 cup black strap molasses
1/2 tsp pink salt
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp Vietnamese cinnamon
Soak raisins in water for a MINIMUM of 3o minutes to as much as a few hours. If you have a high alkaline water ionized water, I primarily recommend this. If not, then please make sure you are using purified water at the very least 🙂
Soak rolled oats for 10 minutes, followed by a rinse. Oats are horribly dirty! Eating them in their cleanest form is important.
Blend all ingredients together in food processor except for rolled oats and raisins.
Once initial ingredients are processed, THEN add rolled oats & raisins after they’ve been soaked and drained. Do not process the oats and raisins in food processor. Mix them with the remaining batter and wooden spoon. Helps to keep the oats and raisins whole
Bake at 350 for 15 on unbleached parchment paper.
Let cool, then splurge into the indulgence of warm cookies that allow you to satisfy your need for comfort foods as you also support your health goals 🙂
Happy Holidays to you all, and thank you for being a huge inspiration to me! Your avid reading, curiosity, and dedication to becoming a greater version of YOU is what makes all of this possible 🙂