Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Bean Cookies - who knew??

As I've been off on a short maternity leave with my daughter, I've had plenty of time to watch tv while I cater to my newborn nursing, cuddling, rocking to sleep etc. In fact, I've been watching a LOT of Food Network (one of my favorite indulgences). The other day I watched the Spice Goddess make some lentil cookies. The recipe looked wonderful and I have never used cooked beans in cookies. I decided to give it a try. I didn't have the same green lentils that she used, so in my first attempt at the cookies I used adzuki beans, and the second time I used mung beans. Both turned out amazing. I am assuming any 'small' bean is suitable since they're milder and easier to digest than larger beans. The first time i made the recipe I used an egg like required, but the second time I didn't (I substituted 1 TBSP of ground flax seed in a couple TBSP of warm water) and there was no difference!
These cookies are wonderful. My friend Denise dropped by the day I made them and she would vouch for these tasty cookies:)
These are a wonderful way to sneak beans into your child's diet - they are high in fiber, protein and folic acid.
Here is my recipe:
whisk or use your blender to mix the following until smooth:
1.5 cups cooked beans (green lentils, adzuki or mung)
3/4 cup butter (softened)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg OR 2 TBSP ground flax seed in 3-4 TBSP warm water (let sit 2 min, the add to mixture)

In a separate bowl combine your dry ingredients:
1 cup whole wheat flour (or substitute a gluten-free one)
1 1/4 cup whole oats
1/2 cup flax seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
optional: 1/2 cup pumpking or sunflower seeds

Mix your dry ingredients into the wet ones and mix together until incorporahttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifted. Spoon your mix onto a parchment lined cookie sheet, flatten gently with your hand, and bake at 350F for 22min. Remove from oven and cool at least 10 min - the cookies will harden as they cool so don't overcook them! Enjoy!

Dr. Anna Falkowski
Vitality for Life Health Center

Dr. Anna Falkowski HBSc, ND
Naturopathic Doctor, Clinic Director
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