Monday, September 14, 2009

Vegan Superfood Breakfast Cookies

I have a confession...There is this one mix of trail mix that I will pay an arm and a leg for because I adore it so much. It is full of so many great ingredients though (that is how I usually justify it). The mix is the "Take a Hike" mix from the Hunza Raw Food Company. It is full of the best raw ingredients and has goji berries, hunza raisins, mulberries, raw pistachios, raw carob chips, and am I forgetting something? I don't think so.

So, recently I found myself with some of the basic ingredients in my pantry to make a mix of my own. So, I got to thinking what about a bar or cookie with all the great ingredients. So I put together a breakfast cookie that will give you lots of great energy and it's vegan too!

I actually love the taste of carob. It is bitter and not too sweet, but tends to take on a sweetness if you mix it with other sweeter ingredients like berries or agave. Carob is a rich antioxidant that was used most commonly as a medicinal food in the southern Mediterranean region for centuries. The carob beans grows in a pod that comes from a tree, and can be used in a variety of ways. The main health benefits to the bean come from its potent antioxidant count, and it mainly helps with the lungs, asthma, and energy without caffeine.

Goji berries are another ingredient that is so rich in flavor and nutrients. It is a native fruit to Asia and has been used in ancient times as both a medicine and a food. It looks something between a cherry and a cranberry, and was mostly used in making teas, soups, wines and dried like raisins to chew on. They are most common to us now from the Himalayan people whom have been studied to be some of the healthiest, longest living people on the earth. Must be because of the potent antioxidant activity in the berry that contains some of the highest concentrations of beta-carotene of any known food. In more modern times, goji berries have also been used to help reduce the cravings for sugar and increase energy, while in ancient times it was used to build strength and fertility. The berries help build better cells in your body, so it fights off auto-immune problems, cancer cells, and liver and kidney degeneration. I could go on and on with the health benefits, so if you are interested more I can send you an info sheet with more details.

So many good ingredients to nourish your body and brain. So why not eat a cookie for breakfast, right!? Well, thanks to good nourishing ingredients we can.

Breakfast Cookie Recipe:
1/3 cup of coconut flour
1/3 cup of white rice flour
1/3 cup sweet sorghum flour
1/2 cup of grapeseed oil (or coconut oil would work as well)
1/2 cup of agave nectar
 3 TB of ground flaxseed
2/3 cup of pure water
1 TB of pure vanilla
3/4 cup of crushed pistachios nuts
3/4 cup of raw carob pieces (chips)
1/3 cup of dried goji berries
1/3 cup of dried hunza golden raisins

Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl and spoon out teaspoon-sized cookies on your baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes on 350 degrees (basically until they are golden brown), and then let them cool before moving. They are yummy warm because the carob melts a bit, but they also last in the pantry or fridge for over a week. They are a great pick-me-up in the morning.

Enjoy and stay energized!


  1. Cookies for breakfast! I have got to try these!!

  2. I'm making these right now for camping this weekend. I used almond flours and regular raisins instead.