Updated: Mar 27, 2020
"Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon." - The Dalai Lama
Ayurveda recognizes that certain foods carry a "sattvic" energy, conducive to enhancing your own natural qualities of love, compassion, patience, equilibrium and wisdom. Almonds, ghee and maple syrup are all considered sattvic foods.
This is an easy recipe for a grounding fall treat with all natural sugar and no gluten (for those who require that). Great for kids and adults alike. Balancing vata dosha and neutral for pitta. All types can enjoy in moderation. Serve with chai!
Almond Cardamom Cookies
2 cups almond meal (sold as almond meal/flour, or grind your own before starting in a food processor)
½ cup maple syrup
½ teaspoon freshly ground cardamom
3 tablespoons rosewater (or plain water)
1-2 teaspoons ghee (or coconut oil)
¼ teaspoon ground vanilla (optional)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
½ teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, mix the almond meal, maple syrup, 1 tsp ghee and spices. Add the water a little at a time to moisten the dough, using less or more as needed.
3. Grease a cookie sheet with remaining ghee (or coconut oil). If your oil or ghee has solidified, put it in the center of the cooking sheet and pop it into the oven for a minute or so. Pull it out and use a paper towel to spread the oil.
4. Roll the batter into teaspoon-sized balls and arrange them on the cookie sheet.
5. Bake for 20-30 minutes (keep your eye on them). Pull them out of the oven when the edges are lightly browned.
6. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes, then remove carefully with a spatula and place on a plate. Allow them to completely cool before serving.
Adapted from Amadea Morningstar’s Ayurvedic Cooking for Westerners.
About the Author
Briya (Rachel) Freeman is a facilitator specialized in meditation, ayurveda and modern
spirituality. She is passionate about exploring the potentials of human consciousness in a way that respects, unites and transcends global culture and tradition.
Briya is a long-term student of Berdhanya Swami Tierra, a female mystic and shaman of South American origin. She also holds studies in ayurveda at Anjali School of Ayurveda (Kerala, India) and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Ottawa.
Briya is based in Ottawa, Canada and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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