Friday, 27 February 2015

Rose, Pistachio and Chocolate cookies with Almond, Amaranth and Palm Sugar

Devour with a cuppa or on it's own...there will be no regret !

Aromatic and nutty cookies, with amazing flavours these healthier cookies were second to none ! In making it went protein packed amaranth flour, replaced white sugar to palm sugar and totally gone nuts by using almond butter instead of butter or ghee and added beautifully scented rose petals and chocolate was perfect paired with floral scent, sprinkled with toasted pistachios. The flavours suited each other so well. They were lovely and special.

These cookies happened on V day, while we tend to keep V day celebrations low key, same time a good excuse to go out for a meal with the whole family or have fun and making some gifts with kids,
perfect time to enjoy and savour some great flavours of delights. I relish any excuse to put on a spread for friends and family, whatever day it is !

I know one would be  guilty for not posting a recipe for these cookies on right time, well there were genuine thousand  excuses I had, but taking all the blame for now ;) because let me assure you these cookies can be prepared  on many other special occasions too.

Now that I've been  trapped in using healthier ingredients in my cooking and baking, my brain works overtime. While I am finishing any chores or if I wake up during my sleep ( how can one believe that it's true ) I do think about how to put different ingredients together and visualize how the end result product of that recipe will look ?

I do not know the exact day or time, where and when this recipe came to my mind, but one thing for sure that I wanted these cookies packed with protein and good fats,  I scribbled down few key words on piece of paper and when I actually started to bake the cookies, I played with added one or two ingredients and adjusted the recipe to suit the mood and atmosphere.

First, I was thinking making Rose and Pistachio cookies with almond butter and Amaranth flour. however I added cocoa powder thinking it will make beautiful combination, and kept Valentines day theme intact with Rose and Chocolate, also added Palm sugar paste to keep cookies on a LOW GI value.

We thought these cookies were quite filling and heavy also quite dense, gobble one or two and you can be satisfied in having something heavenly delicious yet not feeling guilty of eating anything bad. In my opinion these cookies nurtures..while rose is the flower of love and beauty, by eating them you are gaining lots of beneficial effect on the heart and skin, eating these cookies feels like giving yourself a bunch of roses :)

Along with the beautifying effect of the roses, essential fats from almonds and pistachio nuts will add glow to your skin from the inside and out.

Amaranth  known of it's remarkable nutrition, also contains more protein than oats. In a nutshell amaranth is a nutritional  powerhouse for your body, how cool is that !

Now, are you prepared to bake your way to heaven ? here we go :)  

You will need :-

  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 2-3 tbsp milk or any other vegan alternative to make vegan cookies ( if needed )
  • 1 cup amaranth flour ( lightly roasted )
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 2-3 tbsp self raising flour
  • 6-7 tbsp palm sugar paste
  • 4-5 tbsp finely chopped pistachio
  • 3-4 tbsp edible dried rose petals
  • 2-3 tsp rose water
  • 4-5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • Pinch of himalayan pink salt or sea salt
Method :-
Pre heat the oven to gas mark 3-4 or 180C or 350F.
Lined baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place almond butter and palm sugar paste in a big bowl and beat till it all combines well.
Add all the flour, salt, cocoa powder and dried rose petals.
Mix everything and form a dough, if mixture is too dry add little milk at a time.
Divide the dough into equal size balls and place them on lined baking sheet. Slightly flatten cookies with your palm or fingers or use any cookie mould for desired  shape ( I used silicon flower shape mould )
Sprinkle some finely chopped pistachios and bake them for 18-20 minutes. ( my cookies were large in size so it took more than 25 minutes )
Leave it to cool completely.
When you serve sprinkle some extra rose petals and chopped pistachios.
You can store them in a air tight container for more than 10 days.
Enjoy !

Thank you for stopping by :)

1 comment:

  1. Jag these look amazing and so beautiful.I love all your photos they are amazing.


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