Heart-Healthy Vegan Banana-Raisin Cookies


Wow… that’s a long name for these cookies! But I felt I couldn’t left anything out. These cookies are not only vegan, but they are also heart-healthy, which means they do not have any oils or butter and contain ingredients with beneficial properties for a healthy heart. It was a challenge to come up with the recipe… (butter makes everything taste sooo good) they are not quite perfect yet, but they are pretty good. I tested them with one of my friends, and she gave the cookies her blessing. So, thumbs up, here there are for all to share.

I used a mix of millet, brown rice and amaranth flours. I like these flours because they have a mellow flavor, fine texture, are versatile and very savory. And they mix well with banana, of course. Millet is high in minerals, B vitamins, magnesium, calcium, folate, and lignans. B vitamins and magnesium are crucial for lowering cholesterol levels and controlling blood pressure, and lignans provide tremendous cardiovascular support.  Amaranth is another seed to look out for, as it is packed with iron and essential amino acids, and its fiber content is triple that of wheat. Both millet and amaranth are highly nutritious and very easy to digest.

Ingredients

2/3 cup, (80g) millet flour

1/3 cup, (50g) amaranth flour

1/3 cup, (60g) brown rice flour

1 and ½  teaspoon of xanathan gum

½ teaspoon of salt

3 ripe bananas, pureed

3 spoons of cold water

¼ teaspoon ground flaxseed

2/3 cup honey

2 cups raisins

Method

  1. Preheat the oven at 350 F (180 C) and get ready a cookie tray, use wax paper instead of butter.
  2. Use a blender or hand mixer to puree the ripe bananas.
  3. In a medium bowl mix wet ingredients and on a large bowl mix dry ingredients.
  4. Blend the wet ingredients into the flour (dry) mixture with a handheld mixer or spoon until thoroughly combined.
  5. Use a mini ice-cream scoop server to put uniform amounts of batter on the prepared cookie tray.
  6. Bake about 45 minutes or until you insert a knife or a toothpick in the center of the cookie and this comes out clean.
  7. Let the cookies cool for a day before eating them.

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