This easy recipe for chia seed, oat and goji berry cookies, gives you a cookie which is packed full of goodness. Great for the kids’ lunch boxes.
The recipe below can be made wheat free and egg free – see the notes under the relevant ingredients.
Chia Seed, Oat and Goji Berry Cookies – the Recipe
Heat oven to 325 F/160C
- 1 cup of honey or agave syrup
- 1 cup of butter
- 2 eggs or 1/2 cup of chia seed gel
- 1 tbsp of good quality vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup of chia seeds
- 1 cup of wholewheat flour – sifted. For wheat free – use 3/4 cup of quinoa flour and 1/4 cup of quinoa flakes
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp Himilayan salt or sea salt
- 3 cups of organic steel cut oats
- 1 cup of mixed chopped nuts
- 1/4 cup of goji berries
- Cream the butter and honey or agave syrup.
- Beat in the eggs one at a time or beat in the chia seed gel.
- Stir in the chia seeds, flour, baking soda and salt.
- Gently fold in the oats, nuts and goji berries.
- Using a teaspoon, drop around 1 heaped teaspoon of mixture onto a baking tray. Continue doing this until the mixture is finished – keeping a space around each, to allow for the biscuit spreading.
- Bake for around 10 – 12 minutes.
Chia seeds absorb up to 12 times their own volume in water. This makes them a wonderful food for weight loss and for diabetics, as it means that they release natural, unrefined carbohydrate energy, very slowly into the blood stream. This helps prevent those sugar lows and highs and stops the reach for the chocolate bar!
Chia seeds are a great source of natural fibre and Omega-3. They are also full antioxidants, calcium and protein. Another great and affordable superfood.
The goji berry comes from Tibet and Mongolia. It is a delicate fruit which grows on a vine. Due to its delicate nature, it is not hand picked but it is shaken from the vine and then left to dry in the shade. It tastes like a cross between a raisin and a cranberry.
These little berries are packed full of goodness – vitamin B1, B2, B6, C and E, around 18 amino acids and 21 trace minerals, including zinc, phosphoros, germanium iron and calcium and many antioxidants. Their vitamin C content is said to the 500 higher than oranges. The goji berry is certainly a superfood of note.
These cookies are perfect for the kids’ lunchbox. They contain so much goodness and taste good. The kids will love them.
Chia Seeds and the Aztecs
Chia seeds come from Mesoamerica. Archaeologists have found evidence that they were used as far back as 3000BC. It is said that the Aztec army’s main food was chia seeds. They were easily tranportable and only a tablespoon a day was needed each day to maintain the strength of each soldier.