Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Einkorn Wheat Flour ~ Recipe & Video

By Lisa Maliga, copyright 2018

oatmealraisinstack1There’s one similarity between macarons [which contain almond flour], and oatmeal raisin cookies made with einkorn flour – einkorn flour should be sifted twice. Other than that, these tasty and nutritious cookies are easy to make and can be eaten only a few minutes after they’re out of the oven.

In this recipe, I used both walnuts and pecans. Of course, you can opt for nut-free, use different nuts, or change the raisins to sultanas or even dried cherries/other types of fruit. The cookies shown here are very soft and chewy — and will remain that way for a few days. If they last that long! Einkorn flour is different from the usual all-purpose wheat flour found in grocery stores, because it’s an ancient grain that has NOT been hybridized. It comes from Italy and is high in the antioxidant lutein.

“A Good Gluten?: The gluten in einkorn lacks the high molecular weight proteins that many people can’t digest. If you are sensitive to modern wheat, einkorn can provide a delicious alternative. Please note that einkorn does contain gluten and is therefore not ok for those with Celiac Disease” from the jovial website.

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INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup [1 stick] organic unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup organic virgin coconut oil
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
½ cup raw cane sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract OR vanilla bean paste
1½ cups organic einkorn all-purpose, sifted twice 
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice OR apple pie spice
½ teaspoon salt
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans [optional]

Oven temperature: 350 Fahrenheit

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350°Fahrenheit.

Line 2 – 3 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.

In a large bowl or a stand mixer, cream together butter, coconut oil, and sugars.

Add eggs and vanilla and beat well.

Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Mix well.

Using a spatula or a spoon, stir in oats, raisins and nuts.

Drop rounded tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper or silicone mat-covered baking sheets.

Bake for approximately 12 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. 

Cool on a wire rack, or enjoy some of them right away while they’re very soft, chewy and hot!

Learn more about einkorn flour here: https://jovialfoods.com/einkorn/learn-more-about-this-super-nutritious-grain/

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Ginger for Colds & Flu

By Lisa Maliga

Copyright 2002-2014
During this season, many people may suffer from colds and flu. Chinese medicine refers to this form of sickness as “invading cold” or “invading damp” which means that our system has been assailed by the cold weather. Whether in the form of: influenza, chills, coughs, or bronchitis, this is a condition that lasts far too long for anyone. Herbal help can be found as close to you as your spice rack or local grocery store. Spices are thought of as warm to hot, and ginger is strong enough to repel the assailant.

GOOD NEWS ABOUT GINGER

Whether fresh or ground, ginger is a marvelous spice as well as a delicious non-alcoholic beverage. Ginger used in baking livens up cookies, cakes and breads and naturally helps create that fabulous Christmas mainstay: the Gingerbread House.

1. Ginger contains a high level of enzymes that break down meat, similar to our own natural stomach enzymes. Ginger can be used as a meat tenderizer.

2. If you want to stimulate circulation in the intestines, then ginger is the herb you’re looking for.

3. Want a natural antioxidant? Ginger’s your herb.

4. Ginger helps balance your diet. Too many cooling foods, such as vegetables, need a counter balance. Ginger is known in all forms of Eastern medicine as a warming herb.

5. Ginger helps relieve motion sickness and nausea.

6. Ginger is used to help detoxify the body, especially aching muscles from colds and flu.

7. If you’ve exerted yourself too much, ginger relaxes tight muscles.

TYPES OF GINGER

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powdered ginger

Fresh ginger root is what you’ll find the most beneficial in easing your colds and flu symptoms. One whiff of a fresh ginger root will have you starting onto your road to recovery. It’s a distinctive scent, highly aromatic, and images of far off lands might come to mind. Once it’s consumed, it radiates outwards, warming your body and clearing away your illness. Fresh ginger can be added to food or brewed into a tea.

Dried/powdered is the simplest way to take ginger. You can buy the capsules in health food stores. It’s easy to find bulk ginger at Chinese grocery stores or via the Internet. When you purchase ready-made capsules, take as many as directed on the label.

Tea is found anywhere, but make sure you read the ingredients. You can find it mixed with other herbs or else listed so far down on the label that it’ll be useless. Ginger should always be listed first for it to be effective. However, the following recipe is the best for cold/flu conditions.

RECIPES

Ginger Tea
This should be made with a fresh root.

Grate a small piece of ginger [about the size of a nickel] into a mug. Add the juice of a ½ lemon. Fill the mug with boiling water. Stir in a teaspoon of organic honey.

Ginger Socks
This will keep your feet warm and boost sluggish circulation.

You will need powdered cayenne pepper for this to be even more effective. Mix ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper with 1 teaspoon powdered ginger. Add the mixture to a pair of socks. If you are very cold and are not moving, this remedy won’t be of much help. The more you move, whether you’re walking around in your home or are outdoors really getting a workout, the better this is. A lot of movement will heat your feet too much so be careful! If you are really feeling unwell, you should attempt to do some form of exercise, even if it’s just wiggling your toes, so that the cayenne/ginger mixture has some kick to it!

Ginger Bath
Bathing in fragrant ginger is a luxury as well as a recipe for getting better. Powdered ginger is the recommended form and it should be added slowly. Start with the addition of 1 tablespoon’s worth of ginger. If that isn’t enough, add another. Don’t add too much. You will feel your heart rate increase and you’ll begin to detoxify your symptoms soon after bathing in ginger. Drinking plenty of water is recommended.

WHERE TO BUY GINGER

You can find ginger at your supermarket or health food store. Or try Amazon 

Note: Consult your physician before trying any of these remedies. Ginger is not recommended for infants or young children under the age of three.