Thursday, July 12, 2012

Cacao And Oats Cookies - Made With Pre-soaked Flour

We made our first batch of cookies with pre-soaked flour. Pre-soaking flour before baking, just like pre-soaking nuts and seeds, releases important nutrients and enzymes that allows for easier digestion. We have been pre-soaking nuts and seeds for a while now but the concept of pre-soaking flour (grains) is new to us. From all the research we could gather so far, the process requires that you soak flour for 24-48 hours with the amount of liquid that is called for in the recipe. Some of our recipes don't actually require any liquid so we have to make some adjustments and apply this method to all our new recipes, like we did for our new 'Cacao and Oats Cookies'. (see our recipe for details)
Below: Cacao and Oats cookies made with pre-soaked flour and drizzled with fresh honey and pics of our cute kitty taking in the morning sun. Enjoy!

Cacao and Oats Cookie Recipe
Makes 16 cookies
Ingredients:
∙ 1/2 cup of organic brown rice flour (pre-soaked for 24 hours with 2 tbsp of water)
∙ 1/2 cup of organic coconut flour
∙ 1/4 cup of organic raw cacao powder
∙ 1 tbsp organic vanilla bean powder
∙ 1/2 tsp of organic baking soda
∙ 2 tbsp of organic flax meal
∙ 3 tbsp of organic coconut nectar/sugar
∙ pinch of sea salt
∙ 1 cup of shredded coconut
∙ 1/4 cup of organic rolled oats (pre-soaked overnight)
∙ 1/4 cup of organic shredded zucchini
∙ 1 tbsp of organic coconut oil (melted or room temperature)
∙ 1 happy free range chicken egg
∙ 1/4 cup of homemade soy milk (or coconut milk)
∙ homemade cacao fudge*(optional)
∙ organic honey

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Seperate pre-soaked flour into pieces in a large mixing bowl. It should appear crumbly.
3. Add dry ingredients to bowl and mix well. Set aside.
4. Beat egg in a small mixing bowl with coconut oil, shredded zucchini, rolled oats and soy milk.
5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well.
6. Add homemade cacao fudge (in pieces) and continue mixing lightly.
7. Break dough apart into 16 small pieces, mold them into balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
8. Using a spoon, press down slightly to form cookies.
9. Place cookies in oven and bake for 20 minutes.
10. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
11. Drizzle some fresh honey on top (for enzymes and nutrients). Eat and enjoy!

*We made our cacao fudge by hand blending 6 tbsp of raw cacao, 6 pitted prunes and 3 tbsp of coconut cream. We placed the fudge on parchment paper, flattened it out slightly and placed it in the freezer for a few hours. After it hardened, we cut it into pieces and mixed it in with our cookie dough. The pieces will be soft like fudge so be quick when mixing them with the cookie dough.

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