GOJI BERRY, GOLDEN RAISIN,
SESAME & CHIA OATMEAL COOKIES
Time; own time, you decide
Serves: 12 to 16
Rich Tip: B-Best
- 2 cups raw flaked oats*
- 1 cup oat flour (make the flour from flaked oats or oat grouts in the high-speed blender)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ginger powdered
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 teaspoon ginger fresh, grated
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 apples, cored, sliced and pureed in food processor (leave skin on)
- 1 cup dried Goji Beries
- zest from one orange
- ¼ cup agave or liquid sweetener of choice
In a large bowl, mix together raw oats, raw oat flour, cinnamon and powdered ginger. In second bowl, mix together the remaining wet ingredients. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry.
On non-stick dehydrator sheets, drop dough in cookie-size mounds, flatten slightly. Dehydrate at 145** for 45 minutes then reduce heat to 115 and dehydrate 4-6 hours, removing to screens half-way through dehydration.
If you are not using a dehydrator, I use the lowest setting on your oven and leave the door ajar at 50 degrees. I have done this, fantastic results. Allow to cool and dry for 3 hours at room after 2 hours in oven.
CHEFS NUTRITION FACTS:
Oats are a whole-grain cereal, known scientifically as Avena sativa. They are mainly grown in North America and Europe. A very good source of fiber, especially beta-glucan, and are high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants Whole oats are the only source of a unique group of antioxidants called avenanthramides, believed to have protective effects against heart disease. Because of their beneficial health effects, such as lowering blood sugar and cholesterol levels, oats have gained considerable interest as a health food.
Similar to the benefits you get from eating other berries, goji berries are loaded with beta-carotene (a pigment found in plants and fruits) which helps promote healthy skin. Goji berries have also been know to help boost the immune system and protect the eyes — talk about a super fruit. A great snack for kids to chew a little during day, like sweets they can be, good sweets.
A grape becomes a raisin when its moisture content drops below 16%. They are then removed from the vine and are stored in wooden “sweat boxes,” which are sanitary storage containers. A low fat and high energy snack, raisins pack a high dose of antioxidants. Antioxidants play an important role in protecting the body’s cells from damaging compounds like cancer cells.