This is the season where temptation is everywhere in the form of sweet cookies, cupcakes, pies, cakes, candies, fudge, puddings, parfaits, and ice cream! From December until the end of the year these goodies are being abundantly shared at family and friend’s gatherings and work parties. Many of these desserts have ingredients that will pack on the pounds and set you up for craving more. With this in mind, I wanted to share a sweet treat that would be delectable and health promoting at the same time! Cherry chia raw macaroon cookies are the perfect sweet indulgence to share with family and friends!
This recipe comes from my friend France Sprague. France and her husband Joshua is the dynamic husband and wife team behind Beyond the Peel. I connected with France online when she visited my blog and left a wonderful comment. I visited her site and was so happy to find another real food lover and blogger.
France creates all the whole food recipes for their blog and all of her recipes are easy to make and absolutely yummy! Beyond The Peel’s ecourses and ecookbook are excellent resources to get you started on the path of eating healthy. Be sure to stop by their blog and enjoy all the recipes being shared weekly.
Here is Frances post and recipe! May you enjoy the season with abundant health and joy! xoxo!
First, I want to thank Shelley Alexander for hosting me today. It’s such a pleasure to be here and I have a fun, delectable and even addictive treat for you that you can feel good about eating!
Protein snack, protein bars, power bars, granola bars and the like have reached peak popularity over the last few years, especially on the whole food/real food front. They used to be slightly cost prohibitive for a lot of people (ranging from 2-4 dollars a bar). Now, people are figuring out how easy and economical they are to make. One of the most popular power bar recipes we have on our blog is also the simplest: 5 Minute 4 Ingredient Power Bars (no surprise there). Today I want to share with you an equally fast and easy recipe to make that will make purchased bars look boring and Plain Jane.
Enter Cherry Chia Raw Macaroon Cookies!
I wanted to feature chia seeds since I know how much Shelley loves them! This power seed is relatively new to the North American market even though it’s been around for ages elsewhere. But the question is, “Why eat them? And how can I use them?”
Why Eat Them?
Chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse. They are packed with fiber (1 tbsp. contains over 20 % of your daily required intake) has a full range of B vitamins, is a complete protein, and has loads of omega 3 fats, not unlike the flax seed. One thing that sets it apart from the flax seed is that it contains a great deal of antioxidants too. The seeds surround themselves with a gel like exterior when exposed to water. This is important for a few reasons. In the kitchen this characteristic allows the chia seed to be used as an egg replacement. In the body, this gel works to pull toxins out of the body. For the skin, it helps you maintain younger looking skin. Another interesting fact about chia seeds is that they can absorb 9 times their weight in water. Now this is interesting because, that means eating 1 tbsp. of chia seeds (equal to about 68 calories) will expand to more than ½ cup in your tummy! Now that’s hunger management!
How can you use chia seeds?
As mentioned above, they can be used as an egg replacement for those that have an egg allergy or prefer to eat vegan. That’s a pretty incredible little seed. I like to add them to smoothies, cookies, and bars. In Shelley’s Deliciously Holistic cookbook, Shelley uses them to make her chia milk kefir and two chia puddings. Tasty recipes filled with protein and it satiates? Brilliant! But today I want to show you my new favorite way of including them into my diet, the Cherry Chia Raw Macaroon Cookies.
These little cookies are the perfect mid-morning or mid-afternoon pick me up. The dates bring a natural sweetness not unlike caramel. The chia seeds bring in all the health benefits listed above to give you long lasting energy and, most importantly, they expand in your tummy to keep you satiated. I’m not even going to get into the health benefits of cherries, cashews and coconut…you’d be here all day!
What’s your favorite way to enjoy chia seeds? Please contribute to the conversation by leaving a comment.
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Cherry Chia Raw Macaroon Cookies
Paleo, Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free
Makes 24 cookies
1 cup raw cashews
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
¼ cup chia seeds ( a good brand to try)
8 Medjool dates, pitted
½ cup dried cherries, divided
1 Tbsp honey, coconut nectar or maple syrup
1 Tbsp real vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. unrefined sea salt
¼ cup unsweetened coconut (optional for a garnish)
1. In a food processor add all the ingredients except for a ¼ cup of the dried cherries. Blend until the mixture starts to clump together, this will take 1-2 minutes. Check the mixture by pinching the dough between 2 fingers. It should stick together.
2. Roughly chop the remaining ¼ cup of cherries. Add the chopped dried cherries to the food processor and pulse a couple of time to incorporate but not so much that you loose the chunks of cherries.
2 options for making Cherry Chia Raw Macaroon Cookies (Cookies or Squares):
The Cookie: Using your hand, roll 1 Tbsp of the mixture into a ball. Place the reserved ¼ cup of unsweetened coconut onto a plate. Dip the ball into the coconut to coat one side. Repeat. Once they are all rolled, flatten the balls using the bottom of a glass to make a cookie shape, about 1 ½ inches in diameter. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
The Square: Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with plastic wrap. Pour in the dough mixture. Flatten and pat down the mixture firmly to create an even layer. Refrigerate to set for an hour before slicing it into squares.
If you adore chia seeds check out some of my favorite recipes featuring these amazing seeds!