Sunday, February 24, 2013

Amaranth oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

I have this new habit of getting an ingredient I've never used before every time I visit Komati foods, a few blocks from my house. As a pretty unadventurous cook/eater, it's helped me discover new foods.

So recently I got some amaranth, a tiny grain with lots of good nutrients. We're just starting to try out different recipes using the grain, and I decided to make some cookies. The thing is, amaranth is big in the gluten-free community, so most of the cookie recipes had ingredients that we don't have right now. They also called for amaranth flour, and Eli was asleep in the carrier so I decided, rather than grind the amaranth into flour, to just use the whole grain. I'm interested in exploring a lot of different grains, and seeing what makes us feel healthy, since we are not gluten free at this point. So here's a recipe I made up- please tweak as you need to!

about 8tbsp Fat- I used 6tbsp butter and 2tbsp coconut oil
Creamed with 1/2 cup brown sugar

Add 1 egg and a little vanilla to mix.

1/2 cup amaranth
1/2 cup oats
1.5 cup brown flour (note- in SA brown flour not really whole wheat, so this is more like 1/2 ww 1/2 white flour for non SA readers)

Add a cup of chocolate and nuts. We used chopped dark chocolate and pine nuts picked up at Oude Moulen that Noah proudly cracked himself.

Mix up into a ball, freeze for 30 minutes or so, then spoon onto a cookie sheet. (start preheating oven to 375F/180C at some point)

Bake for about 10 minutes!

We baked about half of them and froze the rest to bake later in the week. The amaranth is nice and crunchy!

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