At Joyful Belly, we simply love cookies. These perfectly delectable little drops of wholesome goodness remind us of mom baking for the holidays. Ayurveda tells us that cakes and cookies provoke Kapha, bog the circulation, and cause mucus and weight gain. Yuck! Our body wishes we would abstain from them. Yet our taste buds, not to mention our friends, continue to tempt us with baked delights. In response, we've designed a seven step process to make desserts healthier
. For example, spelt, ghee, and raw sugar are winning alternatives substantially healthier than wheat, butter and white sugar. Cardamom clears the tendency of flour, sugar and fats to build mucus. Tart cherry stimulates digestive juices.
Skin and chop almonds according to the directions on the almond page
Melt ghee. Preheat oven till 350. Beat eggs and ghee on medium speed until frothy about 5 minutes. Setting aside one tablespoon of sugar, add remaining sugar (or preferred sweetener) and continue beating. Add milk and rose water.
Grind spices in a coffee grinder (add a bit of flour as well to make the grind smoother). In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients, including dried cherries, almonds, coconut and spices. Combine wet and dry ingredients, stirring in one direction only for about 5 minutes. Let stand additional five minutes. Resume stirring in the same direction for another 5 minutes.
Scoop a teaspoon of cookie dough. Sprinkle some sugar and rose petals on the top and bottom, then place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake twenty minutes or until edges are browned.
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What kind of cherry? Can we use jaggery in place of raw sugar? Whole almonds? Raw almonds?
- Valerie, Woodland, CA, 12-13-10
I'mno cherry expert but welcome your advice on the type of cherry. Yes, jaggery is preferred over sugar. Whole or raw almonds are great. Even better is sprouting the almonds overnight. Thanks for asking!
This sounds great!! I have rose petals, not dried cherries. I will try it with dried cranberries instead!
- Lisa, Rotterdam, 12-14-10
Can I make the cookies without eggs, and is it so important to use eggs? I don't believe Ayurveda recommends eating things with meat, fish and egg.
I would like to know your opinion, Joseph! And I'll be very apreciate for any answer
- Anita, Barcelona, 12-14-10
The classical textbooks are clear that Ayurveda is for the health of the individual, even when meat is required. There are meat recipes onnearly every page of the classical texts. However, Ayurveda also acknowledges that once our body is healed, we should move towards more sattvic foods that stabilize the mind, including a vegetarian diet.
Then what is the suggestion for replacing eggs or do you think it is considered differently if you raise your own hens without a rooster so the eggs are not fertile?
- marinda, Salt lake city, UT, 01-27-11
Can i make the cookies without rose water or petals?
- Vanessa Flowers, Long island city, NY, 01-06-12
I use fresh raw milk yogurt that I make to replace eggs. I also know people that use soaked ground flaxseed to replace eggs.
- Brandi Allen, Salt lake city, UT, 03-19-12