December 7, 2009

Clean Food

My Mom bought this book and I am loving it. Clean Food: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source with More than 200 Recipes for a Healthy and Sustainable You by Terry Walters. (Sterling Epicure, 2009)
My favorite features:
1. Has recipes divided into the four seasons using the fresh produce available.
2. Everything is Healthy.
3. The index is search able by ingredient particularly by vegetable. For example there are 13 recipes using Kale, 11 with lemons, 5 with parsnips, 9 for Quinoa, 20 with tomatoes and the list goes on
4. Recipes call for few ingredients and are simple
5. The intro has some great info.

We have tried the cookies and the Pad Thai and are trying more this week- black bean burgers and shepherds pie.

Available on AMAZON HERE

Banana Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are so yummy, you would have no idea they were healthy. These are definitely"guest" worthy. I get nervous about serving our 'healthy food' to other people, but definitely not these cookies. The original recipe is listed and my changes are in the parentheses. Also next time I might add in some ground flax just for fun. They would also be yummy with raisins, cranberries, nuts, be creative.
Banana Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 bananas, mashed
1/4 cup canola oil (I used melted Unrefined Coconut Oil)
1/4 cup Maple Syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup rolled oats
2/3 c brown rice flour ( I used whole wheat)
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup chocolate chips (or raisins, carob chips etc.)

Preheat oven to 350. F
In medium bowl or stand mixer combine bananas, oil, syrup and vanilla. Mix until combined well and banana is well mushed. In a separate bowl mix together, oats, flour, baking soda, coconut and salt. Add to the banana mixture and lightly mix until just combined (do not over stir.) Fold in Chocolate Chips.

Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking sheet. Bake for 14-15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and place cookies on wire rack.

Makes about 1 1/2 dozen (we doubled it).