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Rose Petal Cookies With Almonds & Cherries

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How to Make Rose Petal Cookies with Almonds & Cherries

SERVINGS: 6
PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 20 MINUTES

STYLE: WESTERN
PREPARATION: BAKED

INGREDIENTS

1/2 c
1/2 c
1/4 c
1/4 c
1 tsp
1 tsp
1 tsp
1 whole
1 c
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
1/2 c
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
1/4 c

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

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.

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

At Joyful Belly, we simply love cookies. These perfectly delectable little drops of wholesome goodness remind us of mom baking for the holidays. Aromatic cardamom, coconut and rose petal add delicate highlights while fennel adds depth. Almonds contribute a delightful crunchy texture while dried cherry offers a mouth watering tart finish. Perfect for tea time or a holiday party, Rose Petal Cookies combine the indulgence and delicacy of a gourmet cookie with healthier, lighter ingredients and a surprising new flavor combination.

The Joy of Cookies without the Guilt

Ayurveda tells us that cakes and cookies provoke Kapha, bog the circulation, and cause mucus. Our body wishes we would abstain from them. Yet our taste buds, not to mention our friends, continue to tempt us with baked delights. And why wouldn't they? It's the traditional time for celebration, and in many cultures, a sweet is considered a very special offering. You shouldn't deny yourself the joy of festitivties.
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.

Cool Inflammation

Rose petals are cooling, anti-inflammatory in the GI, and soothing to the heart especially when mixed with sweeteners. Pitta people are naturally attracted to beauty. They are highly sensitive to and ashamed of off-putting smells. The scent of a rose calms Pitta.
Berries are lymphatic movers that complete the spring process of cleansing your liver. They are also liver tonics to protect your liver during summer. Berries are rich in anti-oxidants that prevent aging and cancer.

Metabolic Boost, in a Cookie?

Cherries are warming and stimulate metabolism. You can best experience the warming effect of cherries eating them while sitting in the hot sun. They even help your gallbladder release bile, which helps you to digest heavy fats abundant at holiday celebrations.

AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT

Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances. With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you. Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature. By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health. See How it Works.

Is Rose Petal Cookies with Almonds & Cherries Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Rose Petal Cookies with Almonds & Cherries' is a good fit. Complete the basic quiz in 1 minute, or go deeper with additional quizzes at your own leisure to learn more about your body.
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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

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COLD

ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.

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HEAVY

ABOUT HEAVY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.

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TASTES
Taste Help

The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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SWEET

ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Pitta pacifying Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Kapha aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Subtaste:
Bland

BLAND

Bland means doesn't have much taste. In Chinese medicine, bland taste refers to afood without little macronutrients, such as cabbage, radish or bok choy.

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Aromatic

STRONG AROMATIC

Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.

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Crunchy

STRONG CRUNCHY

Makes an audible noise when you eat them. Can provide fun texture variation.

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HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Rose Petal Cookies with Almonds & Cherries
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Relieves Burning

RELIEVES-BURNING

Herbs that soothe a burn or reduce an internal burning sensation, such as aloe vera.

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Makes You Tired

MAKES-YOU-TIRED

Induces drowsiness and promotes sound sleep.

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, Makes Jittery,
Wakes You Up

WAKES-YOU-UP

Invigorates the body and nervous system, increases energy.

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Nerve Relaxant Grounding

NERVE-RELAXANT-GROUNDING

Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.

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Relaxes Eyes

RELAXES-EYES

Eases tension in eye muscles, so the eyes feel less strained, often by supporting the liver.

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Strengthens Resolve

STRENGTHENS-RESOLVE

Increases determination and courage by reducing stress and building strength.

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Nervine

NERVINE

Balances the nervous system. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, and even chronic pain. Often they are aromatic in nature.

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Satisfies Stomach

SATISFIES-STOMACH

Provides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.

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Builds Stamina

BUILDS-STAMINA

Promotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.

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Nutritive

NUTRITIVE

An herb that is strengthening and nourishing.

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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

An herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.

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Soothes Throat

SOOTHES-THROAT

Soothes throat discomfort, including from a sore or ticklish throat.

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Flushes Sinuses

FLUSHES-SINUSES

An herb that relieves sinus congestion by flushing out mucus.

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Calms Heart

CALMS-HEART

An herb that literally calms the heart. These herbs are helpful in the treatment of anxiety, sadness, depression, or other emotional imbalances in the heart. Related to the Chinese Herbal Category 'calms spirit.'

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Cardiac Stimulant

CARDIAC-STIMULANT

Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.

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Styptic

STYPTIC

A herb that contracts tissue or blood vessels. Generally styptics are astringent. They are often used topically as a hemostatic to stop bleeding, or to reduce secretions.

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Diuretic

DIURETIC

Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.

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Muscle Relaxant

MUSCLE-RELAXANT

Herbs that relax muscles. Helpful for chronic pain or tension as well as healing from physical trauma.

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Constituents:
Carbohydrate, Fats, Melatonin, Tannins, Protein, Phosphorous,
Inositol

INOSITOL

Inositol is an alcohol sugar made naturally in the human body from glucose. It is lipotropic (aiding fat metabilism in the liver). It affects a variety of hormones, neurotransmitters, steroid, growth factors and water.

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Coumarin

COUMARIN

Moderately toxic, vascular tonic, hypotensive, and anti-inflammatory.

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Nitric Oxide

NITRIC-OXIDE

Improves circulation by dilating blood vessels. Protects blood vessels from damage. Improves athletic performance, libido, immunity, and brain health.

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Magnesium

MAGNESIUM

Helps muscles relax. Laxative.

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, Soluble Fiber, Sodium,
Phytates

PHYTATES

Phytates prevent absorption of nutrients. They are commonly found in all seeds, including nuts, grains, and beans. Sprouting greatly reduces phytate content, as well as long, slow cooking with vinegar.

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, Vitamin E

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Poppy Seed has these Actions in Common

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Pumpkin has these Actions in Common

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Oats / Oatmeal

Oats / Oatmeal has these Actions in Common

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Amaranth

Amaranth has these Actions in Common

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Popped Amaranth

Popped Amaranth has these Actions in Common

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Almonds has these Actions in Common

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Salmon

Salmon has these Actions in Common

Makes-you-tired, Satisfies-stomach, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Wakes-you-up, Calms-heart, Nutritive

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Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

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Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nervine, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant

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Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common

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Balarishta- Vitality Tonic

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Regular exercise

Regular exercise has these Actions in Common

Builds-stamina, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy, Strengthens-resolve, Wakes-you-up

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Self Massage

Self Massage has these Actions in Common

Calms-heart, Muscle-relaxant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nervine, Nutritive, Relaxes-eyes

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Vata Shirodhara Oil

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About John Joseph Immel

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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I'm no 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!
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.
Delicious! But, using what I had on hand, and not seeing til later that the cherries were dried, I used some frozen cherries. I also just added some rose petal jam to the mix since I had no rose petals. So maybe because of these two things I got a batter instead of a dough, and very flat cookies. But it tasted great!
- Sara Lynne Moser, The Woodlands, TX
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, 12-24-17 (Reply)
Yes, they can.
- Carrie Hoffman, Williams, AZ
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, 07-12-20 (Reply)
Traditional Ayurveda doesn't really suggest eating eggs at all, but we're taking a more modern approach and saying using eggs in baking is fine.
- Carrie Hoffman, Williams, AZ , 07-28-20 (Reply)

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