I’ve made this recipe so many times, that I know it by heart. Next to my gluten free challah recipe, it’s the most requested by our friends and family. Like everything else I make, it meets my criteria of gluten free, dairy free, processed sugar free, and delicious. These cookies also also happen to be vegan, which is a bonus! I use this vegan cookie dough raw for ice cream because there are no eggs. O,f course it's also great to have a delicious vegan cookie recipe on hand for vegan friends. This is another one of those recipes that people absolutely cannot believe how clean and nourishing the ingredients are. The original recipe came from Elana’s Pantry and I have modified it to meet my needs. These cookies are sooo good. Enjoy!
From a Chinese Medicine or Ayurvedic Medicine perspective, raw foods are hard on the spleen and can decrease your digestive Qi. I’m personally very sensitive to too many raw foods in my diet and right now I’m paying the price with my digestion and energy levels. This is especially tough in the summer because raw foods like fruit and salads are just so satisfying and cooling. Yesterday, I knew that I needed to get back on track with my daily dose of bone broth and other gut healing foods. In the summer, you also have to be particularly careful not to eat foods that are too heating or you end up with a host of other yucky physical and emotional symptoms. Bone broth is a perfect solution for this. It’s not too heating, very easy to digest, and incredibly nourishing. I read all kinds of recipes for serving bone broth cold in the summer, but I just ended up sipping it for breakfast like I always do. It was so satisfying. It may take me a few days, but I’m already starting to feel better.
A couple of really important notes about bone broth. It’s delicious and one of the most nourishing foods you can consume. Bone broth is a straight shot (literally) of minerals (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and trace minerals) and contains collagen which aids in mineralization of teeth and bones. Bone broth is also essential for healing the mucosal lining of the gut. I always say, if you are not already using bone broth regularly for your general health, you should be! Try the recipe below and enjoy incredible nourishment year round.
In honor of celebrating the energy of food this week, I have a special guest post from my friend and acupuncturist, Noah Goldstein, from Heartseed Health. Enjoy!
By Noah Goldstein, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M.
My two-year old daughter is the most magical little human I know. Her bright smile and innocent curiosity allow me to see the world with fresh eyes. Her chirpy voice constantly questions “why” and pushes the limits to get her way. Navigating parenthood requires an ongoing presence and consistent awareness with firm, but gentle boundaries. Parenting reminds me that there are often multiple correct and valid answers to the same question depending on the paradigm we choose to work with. The fluttering white light on the wall could be the reflection from my watch, but perhaps for a two year old it is a fairy. This also comes up every day working as a practitioner of Eastern medicine in a Western world. For instance, when I navigate dietary recommendations with a patient I will often make recommendations based upon Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in additional to offering a Western biomedical explanation. I find TCM and Western medicine create a superb team for nutritional insight and together promote health and vitality.
I'm finally getting this recipe out there. I've made it a million times and sent it out a million more. Here it is for everyone to enjoy!
I don't eat grains myself, but for those of you who do, you'll find that everyone loves this challah, and that it will often be chosen over the gluten one. It's gluten free, dairy free and sweetened with honey or date paste. My kids and husband absolutely love it. The best part is that it is an oat flour bread and you can use it for the hamotzi blessing on Shabbat or other times. This has been great for us when hosting. We can make two loaves of this challah and not have to worry about making a wheat or spelt challah for others. I also make this challah in bread pans because I find braiding to be tedious. Braiding it is totally possible though! My loaves don't have the beautiful traditional braided look, but it's great sliced bread for sandwiches!
We have a super active family. We're all athletes and we love to play outdoors. I have one kiddo that is easily dehydrated and one that just doesn’t love plain water. It's also difficult for me to maintain my blood minerals and electrolytes due to my adrenal fatigue. Traditional sports drinks have a ton of sugar or are sweetened with stevia and have several other nasty ingredients. Stevia’s a great sweetener, but doesn't have the essential fructose needed to keep you hydrated and support blood sugar during activity and there’s a delicate balance between salts, sugars, minerals and water when it comes to hydration. I like this recipe because tastes good, doesn't have a lot of sugar, and most importantly, it really works!
3 cups Watermelon Juice or other base (see below)
⅓ cup Lemon Juice
¼ tsp Himalayan Pink or Real salt
2 TB Manuka or Raw Honey