Updated at 8 pm CST, 1/24/10 – Contest Closed!
Can these gluten free, sugar free cookies really boost your immunity? I don’t know. But they’re packed with healthier ingredients that have health supporting properties. Let’s take a look at the ingredients. (Info from World’s Healthiest Foods.)
- Cranberries have anti-viral properties and have been shown in studies to have anti-biotic like properties.
- Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, can help relieve digestive stress, and has immune boosting properties.
- Raisins contain anti-oxidants and also contain boron, a mineral important for bone health.
- Teff is a nutrition packed grain high in protein and contains vitamin B6, niacin, and folate – all important for good health.
- Walnuts are packed with omega-3 fatty acids to help heart health, have anti-inflammatory properties, and, contain anti-oxidants that may support the immune system.
- Yogurt is a food we all know is good for us – it helps boost our immune system and is great for digestive health. I am pretty sure that the good stuff is killed when you bake the cookies so if you want the immune boost here, dip your cookies in it.
- 1 cup teff flour
- 3/4 cup sorghum flour
- 1/2 cup arrowroot starch
- 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup organic agave
- 2 tablespoons yacon syrup
- 2 large free-range eggs
- 1/2 cup organic, low-fat plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- zest from one lemon
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
- In a medium bowl, whisk together teff, sorghum, arrowroot, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, xanthan gum, nutmeg, salt and cloves. Set aside.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip butter until light and airy. Add agave and yacon syrup and continue to mix for 3 minutes or so, until thoroughly incorporated. It will be thick. That’s ok. Add eggs eggs one at a time, incorporating the first before adding the second. Add yogurt, ginger, and lemon zest and mix until smooth.
- Mix raisins, cranberries, and walnuts in a bowl. Fit mixer with paddle attachment and add flour in one addition and mix until just combined, scraping down once or twice. Add 2 cups of the nut mix and mix until just combined. If necessary, make a few final folds with a spatula, cover, and refrigerate for at least an hour. Batter will be sticky.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat. Using a cookie scoop, drop cookies onto lined baking sheet. Top each cookie with a little of the remaining nut mixture, pressing down slightly. Bake for 12-14 minutes until the cookies are set a lightly golden brown.
- Let cool on baking sheet for a minute or two and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Store in an airtight container. Wrap in twos and freeze for an immune boosting mid-day snack.
A boring disclaimer statement: This is a fun recipe meant to highlight health benefits of food, not designed as any type of medical treatment or a cure. Added sweeteners are a great way to enjoy a healthier dessert but ALWAYS use moderation. Too much is never a good thing.
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Slightly Indulgent Tuesday is tomorrow – come back and link your healthier recipe!
January’s Edition of the Gluten Free Progressive Dinner Party starts today – visit the following blogs for soups and stews made healthier!
- Karen at Cook 4 Seasons is making Roasted Cauliflower Soup.
- Alison at Sure Foods Living has something special for you, too!