Good for your gut- Coconut “N’oatmeal” Cookies

 

‘Oatmeal cookies’ without the oatmeal

I want to share a recipe I made tonight that sparked the child in me. These delicious cookies taste identical to those sugary oatmeal cookies I used to eat as a carb-o-holic; however, unlike those gut-devastating confections, these cookies actually digest with ease and provide a wide-range of nutritional benefits!

As I briefly mentioned, the problem with the oatmeal cookies we’ve all been accustomed to is they break the two fundamental rules of good nutrition; they are difficult to digest and provide little nutritional value. Not only that, but the typical sugar content found in processed oatmeal cookies is enough to put your body into a highly acidic state. This leads to inflammation, digestive distress and even hormonal issues! 

I used my food alchemy to take this classic cookie and turn it into something equally tasteful but nutritionally dense and incredibly easy to digest! Instead of oats, I use raw coconut and a sprouted and activated bio-fermented barley powder as the base. Sprouted barley is superior to any gluten-free flour. Flours are acidic and feed yeast in the intestinal tract. Most of them are made from moldy and un-soaked nuts or grains. The barley powder I used for this recipe is actually bio-fermented, which enhances the nutrient content and makes it easy to digest. The dietary fiber found in sprouted barley actually feeds friendly bacteria too! The barley fiber serves as food for healthy bacteria and when they ferment it, they produce a short-chain fatty acid called butyric acid, which serves as the primary fuel for the cells of the large intestine and helps maintain a healthy colon.

In addition, I sweeten these delectable delights with organic coconut sugar, a low-glycemic and mineral rich sweetener derived from the magical coconut. A tiny teaspoon of local raw honey for sweetness and a beneficial bacteria boost. Raw honey promotes the growth of Bifidus bacteria in the gut, a probiotic critical to a healthy immune system). properly prepared for easy digestion and actually increase the nutrient content of the cookie! 

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Scoops Activated Barley Powder
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  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Sunwarrior Protein 
  • 1/2 cup raw shredded coconut
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  • 2 tablespoons Great Lakes Gelatin (optional but highly recommended!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon aluminum-free baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic cinnamon 
  • 1 tablespoon organic coconut sugar** (Coconut Crystals are my favorite, it’s certified raw!)
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  • 1 teaspoon organic local raw honey**
  • 1 pasture raised egg (can substitute with melted coconut oil and soaked flax but I find egg works best and are incredible for your thyroid and adrenals!)

Substitutions for problematic ingredients (egg and sweeteners) for those with more serious digestive issues are suitable and will still give you an awesome cookie! I find that these ingredients digest beautiful actually with no problems and give it a wonderful taste. However, I understand some are in different stages of health and I do make a completely sugar-free version of these that have hardly any taste difference. The ingredients are all so healing that I can’t help but experience bliss when eating these!

*you can substitute with liquid stevia if concerned about raw honey.
**you can replace coconut sugar with a xylitol and powdered stevia mixture if you suffer from candida or have any bacterial problems.

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375°F 
  • If using alternative ingredients (coconut oil and flax) soak two tablespoons of flax meal in water for 15 minutes and melt 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin coconut oil in glass bowl. 
  • Place all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix lightly with a wooden spoon or by hand.
  • Carefully add wet ingredients into dry, making sure they are mixed evenly, scraping sides when necessary.
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  • Using your choice of healthy fat (I used grass-fed butter but you can use coconut oil, palm oil, or ghee) grease a clean baking sheet.
  • Using a medium-sized spoon, form the batter into balls and pressing onto sheet about 2inches in diameter and 1/2 inch thick.
  • Bake for about 10-15 minutes, allow to cool then using a spatula, take cookies off sheet and enjoy! 
  • Store extras in air-tight container in fridge (preferably glass)!

There you have it! No-guilt, no stomach problems, pure nutrition and delicious n’oatmeal cookies 🙂 I like to have these as a dessert after home-made dinner when relaxing with loved ones or even post-workout to replenish glycogen stores! The healthy slow-burning carbs make them a good pre-work out treat for those higher endurance training days. Heck, they’re great for everything so eat away!

I love making nourishing foods, especially “sweet” ones. Any requests or questions, let me know in the comments below!

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2 thoughts on “Good for your gut- Coconut “N’oatmeal” Cookies

    1. liferediscovered Post author

      You’re right there is gluten in barley, so they are obviously not optimal for anyone with celiac or impaired digestion.

      That doesn’t mean they are not good for your gut though! The poison is in the dose. Gluten itself is not the culprit. It’s the overconsumption of it, the genetic modifications, peoples eating habits, stress, low quality-poor nutritional grains and the preparation.

      Properly prepared, REAL organic grains are 1) nutrient dense. 2) when prepared properly (sprouting/soaking) become very easy to digest and incredibly nourishing.

      So yes, anyone with serious gut problems should be on a more “restrictive” diet for the time being. But implementing properly prepared grains, when the time is right, will help restore proper bacterial balance by helping produce the necessary bacteria to digest foods like gluten. One of the greatest root problems in gluten-intolerance is just a lack of healthy bacteria to digest them. Incorporation of sprouted/fermented grains, once the gut lining is healed, can help restore these bacteria.

      Hope this helps!

      Reply

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