Raw Sesame Ginger Cookies Recipe

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Ing. Sesame Ginger CookiesRaw, Vegan Sesame Ginger Cookies (makes 12-15)

  • 1/2 cup raw, unhulled sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates (softened or soaked)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened, coconut shreds
  • 2 Tablespoons pure Maple syrup or similar
  • 1Tablespoon unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • dash of ground cinnamon (optional)
Raw Sesame Ginger Cookies

Double the recipe, pictured.

Place cashews in food processor and pulse a few times to break up the cashews. Add pulsed cashews, sesame seeds and coconut shreds to a mixing bowl and stir with wooden spoon or similar. Next combine pitted, softened dates, Maple syrup, melted coconut oil, ginger (and cinnamon) into the food processor (or blender) and mix well. Pour on date syrup mixture onto the cashew, sesame, coconut shreds mix and stir until well combined. Take 1-2 Tablespoons of the mixture into your hands and roll into a ball.  Place on baking sheet.  Using your hands or bottom of a glass evenly smash down the sesame ball.  Or, if you’d like you can keep them in the ball form.  Place the baking sheet in the fridge overnight for best results.  Store in a sealed or covered container in the fridge for about 7-10 days.

Did you know….

Sesame seeds (raw) are known to:

  • be a good source of plant based calcium
  • be a good source of plant fiber and sterols
  • lower “bad” (LDL) cholesterol
  • be a good source of antioxidants
  • decrease inflammation
  • help prevent high blood pressure
  • be a good source of minerals such as iron, zinc, potassium and copper

Cashews (raw) are known to:

  • be a good source of oleic acid (the good type of mono saturated fats)
  • be a good source of B vitamins for energy and brain function
  • help prevent cardiovascular diseases
  • be rich in beneficial minerals such as magnesium, zinc and iron, which amongst other benefits
  • be helpful in boosting the immune system
  • be a good source of the amino acid L- tryptophan, the precursor to serotonin—the feel good neurotransmitter. In fact, according to Dave Sommers of Food Matters,                 “2 handfuls of cashews is the therapeutic equivalent of a prescription dose of Prozac.”

Read about the benefits of dates in my previous post.

Coconut Oil & Shreds
The coconut as a whole provides numerous health benefits and just about every part of it can be used as a powerful health tool. Just to name a few, unrefined coconut oil and pure, unsweetened, dried coconut shreds are known to:

  • be a good source of mono saturated fats
  • increase cardiovascular health
  • help regulate metabolism and digestion
  • contain natural anti-bacterial anti-fungal properties
  • promote overall immune functions

Pure Maple syrup is a great plant based, all around sweetener. Not only does it add a bold yet balanced sweetness, it contains a good source of immunity boosting minerals such as zinc and manganese as well as polyphenols, plant based antioxidants.

Ginger is known to :

  • contain anti-cancer properties, gingerols and terpenes
  • act as an anti-inflammatory, as well as a natural relief for arthritis
  • help relieve tension caused by migraines
  • aid in digestion and nausea

Cinnamon is known:

  • for beng anti-inflammatory
  • for helping to lower “bad” (LDL) cholesterol and blood sugars
  • for containing antibacterial and anti-fungal properties

These are not overly sweet so feel free to add a little more natural sweetener per your liking.

 

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