Sugar. I cannot resist it! I don’t go a day without dessert. Often even after a healthy egg and avocado breakfast, I need something sweet. In hopes to be a bit healthier, I try to substitute for healthy ingredients when baking or find all around healthy “dessert” to satisfy that sweet craving. Earlier today I came across this recipe for Ginger Turmeric Vanilla Cookies from Nest & Glow. I had all the ingredients on hand, so I altered the recipe just a teeny bit and gave it a shot. Don’t kid yourself, these won’t taste like buttery sugary (crap-filled) cookies. But, they are tasty and a little bit sweet… so they satisfy my need for something sweet without all the processed crap!
This is legitimately a healthy dessert! Scroll to the bottom to read about all the benefits!
GINGER TURMERIC COOKIES
•4 bananas (ripe)
•1½ cup of ground oats
•add’l ¼ cup whole oats
•2 Tbsp ground ginger
•1 Tbsp turmeric
•pinch of pink Himalayan salt
Instructions: Preheat oven to 350℉. Mash the bananas with a fork. In a separate bowl, mix the dry cookie ingredients. Mix the banana with dry ingredients. Spoon mixture onto baking sheet and bake for about 12 minutes.
Blend frosting ingredients together.The Nest & Glow recipe recommends putting the icing in the freezer for 5 minutes to firm it up. I didn’t do that because mine was already pretty firm. Frost the cookies, and enjoy!
The recipe that inspired this says it yields 16 cookies. It made about double for me, but I made mine pretty small and I added a little more banana and oats.
Health Benefits of Ingredients
Raw Honey ~ Honey is a good source of antioxidants, vitamins (including all of the B-complex), amino acids, minerals (including magnesium, iron, potassium, and calcium) and phytonutrients. It is thought to help prevent and fight cancer. Honey helps regulate blood sugar. When honey is pasteurized it can lose some of its antibacterial and anti-viral properties, so try to find raw honey.
Ginger ~ Ginger has natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It improves digestion. In recent studies, it has been shown to lower blood sugar so it may also have anti-diabetic properties.
Coconut Oil ~ Coconut oil increases good cholesterol (HDL) and decreases bad cholesterol (LDL). Coconut oil is thought to help increase brain function and improve gut health. It curbs appetite and increases metabolism. Coconut oil is a source of iron. Recently in the news, I’ve been hearing some people claim coconut oil is not healthy. If you want to know more about the health benefits, check out the article written by Food Babe.
Oats ~ Oats are a good source of fiber. They are also a good source of manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, zinc, and iron. They are high in antioxidants and have some anti-inflammatory effects.
Pink Himalayan Salt ~ Pink Himalayan salt can improve digestion and regulate body’s pH. It is the purest form of salt. Compared to table salt, pink Himalayan salt is much better for you. All minerals, except sodium and chloride, are stripped away during the refining process when making table salt. Pink Himalayan salt contains all electrolytes needed for good health. Table salt is bleached and treated with chemicals, and may even contain trace amounts of aluminum. Sodium is not bad for us, but too much of the refined processed table salt can be harmful. Our bodies need sodium in an unrefined form like found in Himalayan salt.
Banana ~ Bananas are a good source of potassium and magnesium, which are beneficial for heart health. Potassium is also essential for kidney function. Bananas contain antioxidants, which help lower the risk of some diseases.
Cashews ~ Cashews have many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that help lower blood pressure, benefit heart health, prevent cancer, and promote blood health.