A few months ago, a fellow yoga teacher, Danielle, and I were chatting about her amazing company and product (which was featured on Dr. Oz): NuttZo. Back in my pregnant cravings, I was absolutely NUTS for it I know corny, but I am always searching for healthy recipes and this totally hit the spot. I think it’s great for us mommas who are trying to stay in shape, plus offers amazing nutritional content for little ones/family.
NuttZo butter itself is heavenly. During my yoga training, I’d snack on it with rice crackers. It’s a multi nut Omega 3 spread that comes in an original organic peanut or peanut free versions. They are available at some Whole Foods stores or online. While it’s on the pricey side, mine lasted me for a 2-3 months since it’s so rich, you don’t need a lot per serving so in the end, is the same as buying a jar of peanut butter that you go through more often plus is LOADED with nutrients.
What’s in it:
The peanut version has:
-Valencia peanuts, full of niacin, folate, fiber, magnesium, vitamin E, manganese and phosphorus. They also are naturally free of trans-fats and sodium, and contain about 25% protein.
-Then there’s the flaxseed, (anticancer and anti imflammatory propertioes- plus richest source of lignans).
-Cashews, (great for digestion and flexibility/joints), almonds, (I have been hearing how perfect almonds are since I was a child, like every south asian kid has had almonds shoved into their palms as they ran to catch their morning bus to school because they’re loaded vitamin e, potassium, calcium and fiber).
-And brazil nuts, (great mineral and amino acid content).
My friend Danielle made these raw cookies so I got the recipe and they are super easy to make, are so irresistable, plus you can let the little ones chomp away since they are full of good stuff. I also think moms would appreciate avoiding the sugar crash, or sugar rush as we often see with kids with store bought cookies or sugary ones, especially for your own sanity if your kids go crazy on sweets!
The Recipe: Cocoa-licious NuttZo Cookies
1/2 C ground old fashioned oats (used 5 Grain Oats)
1/2 C almond meal (almonds ground)
1/2 C NuttZo Peanut Free
1/4 C NuttZo Original
1/2 C raisins (used golden)
1 tsp Real Raw Ground Vanilla Beans (could use vanilla extract)
4 Medjool Dates (pits removed)
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp cinnamon
A little less than 1/2 tsp ginger, ground spice
1/2 tsp nutmeg, ground spice
1 pinch of sea salt
1 T black strap molasses (could use dark)
In a food processor grind oats to a fine powder. Add everything else. Turn food processor on high for about two minutes until it forms into a soft cookie dough. It will still look slightly crumbly, but when you push it together between your fingers, it will hold nicely. Shape into cookies. Put into a container and refrigerate, if you don’t eat them all first! Makes 12.