Saturday, February 13, 2016

Aphrodisiac Heart Cookies for St. Valentine's Day

To make these delicious cookies you will need juice pulp from my previous recipe and a dehydrator. You can, of course, use any leftover juice pulp or blend fruits and vegetables of your choice, but then, you will have to adjust the amounts of ingredients accordingly.


Take note: as with any juice pulp recipes, the outcome depends on the quality and moisture content of the juice pulp. If the juice pulp is too dry, you may have to add moisture to it. And if you do not have a dehydrator, you can use your oven at the lowest possible temperature. Keep the oven doors open to maintain low temperature if you want your cookies to be raw, otherwise bake them as if you baked regular cookies.

Ingredients:

for the cookie dough
  • 3 cups juice pulp
  • 10 dates, soaked until soft and pitted
  • juice of 1 blood orange
  • 3 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp açai powder
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp maca powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp pink Himalaya salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 4 Tbsp virgin coconut oil, melted

for the chocolate ganache
  • 1 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 raw cacao butter
  • 1/3 cup raw honey 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5-8 drops of food grade essential rose oil
  • pinch pink Himalaya salt
  • 1/2 tsp lecithin powder


Method: 
  • In a food processor or a blender process juice pulp, dates and lemon juice until well blended. Add spices and honey and process again. 
  • Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl. Add melted coconut oil and coconut flour, and mix well into a smooth dough. You can, of course, do this in a food processor or a blender, but I find that mixing by hand allows you to get the right consistency of the dough. Allow the dough to rest for a few minutes.
  • Roll out the dough on a flat surface. The dough should be about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter cut out cookies. Using a cookie spatula transfer cookies onto a dehydrator trays. Dehydrate at 115°F for 12 hours.
  • Next day or when your cookies are nicely dehydrated and crisp, in a large bowl mix melted cacao butter, raw cacao powder, lecithin and honey. Add vanilla extract, salt and essential rose oil. Make sure that the chocolate ganache is liquid enough and easy to work with, but not too flowing or it will come off the cookies. To prevent ganache from hardening in the bowl, keep the bowl over pot with warm water.
  • Dip each cookie in chocolate and set it to dry on a parchment or a cooling cookie rack. Allow cookies to rest until the chocolate cools off and sets in. If the chocolate layer is too thin you may want to repeat this step. 
  • Place cookies in the fridge before serving for 15 minutes or so.
  • When cookies are ready place them on a platter and enjoy them in good company!
I am certain that this cookies will disappear quickly, but if you have to store them, keep them in the fridge. They will be good for another two or three days.


These cookies are perfect for people who like to increase their libido. The juice pulp I used in this recipe contains hot habanero pepper and turmeric root. Chili peppers contain capsaicin - a substance known to promote release of chemicals in the body that have been proven to increase heart rate and trigger release of endorphins. In India turmeric is considered to be an aphrodisiac. So are the spices I used - cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamon, and honey. Maca is another libido increasing ingredient widely used in Peru. And of course, chocolate! Raw cacao contains phenylethlamine that is known for its stimulating action and methylxanthines that increase the body's sensitivity to touch. Both chemicals help increase the sense of well being.
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, 
while loving someone deeply gives you courage. ~ Lao Tzu

Wishing everyone happy St. Valentine's Day -in radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique 

Dominique Allmon@2016

         
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