I took some health supportive cooking classes in Greenwich, Connecticut from Diane Carlson.
She used to run the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York. NGI teaches professional chefs and the public how to cook with the most nutritious ingredients.
I loved the classes. We cooked in the morning and then attended afternoon lectures to learn why certain foods go together and how food impacts all aspects of your body.
I figured, if I am going to take the time to cook, I want to make meals that not only taste great but are also good for me!
These Berry almond torte cookies are so good I had to make a batch for the newsroom. Reg even tried to grab a third cookie!
*Check out the step-by-step photos I included at the bottom*
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1 cup oat flour
1 cup rolled oats (lightly ground in a food processor--but I kind of like them whole to add texture)
1 cup raw almonds, light ground in food processor
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup unfined coconut oil
1/2 pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
4 oz. fruit juice sweetened jelly (Sorrell Ridge or Knutsen)
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F
Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl. Mix wet ingredients and salt in a second bowl. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.
Roll dough into walmut sized balls (or use a spoon to scoup out balls) on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Using your thumb, make a well in the center of each cookie. Fill with jelly. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. YUM!
Heather Van Nest, Heather's Natural Health, Recipe Diane Carlson