A different take on the standard oatmeal raisin — these cookies made with soaked whole wheat flour are actually healthy enough that they are put in the “Snacks and Finger Foods” category in NT — instead of the “Desserts!”
Raisin Nut Cookies is found on page 532 of Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon.
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- 1⁄2 cup whole yoghurt (make it yourself!)
- 1⁄2 cup butter softened
- 1⁄4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 1⁄2 cups freshly ground whole wheat, kamut, or spelt flour
- 1 cup Rapadura
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄2 cup raisins
- 3⁄4 cup crispy walnuts or pecans
First, blend together the flour with yogurt, butter, and salt. You’re gonna let this soak in a bowl, covered, at room temperature for 12-24 hours. This helps to make the flour more digestible, and neutralizes anti-nutrients.
After your flour is good and soaked, beat in the rapadura, vanilla, and cinnamon until you get a smooth consistency in the dough.
Add in the raisins and those crispy walnuts.
Now, plop out some cookies onto either a buttered cookie sheet, or one with parchment paper. My cookie sheets are not stainless steel, so I don’t want my cookies touching them. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
Let cool, and store in airtight containers — in the refrigerator, Sally says.
How’d it go?
Great! I felt so proud of myself for making a recipe that included such advanced preparation — the soaking and drying of the walnuts, the homemade yoghurt, and soaking the flour mixture for 24 hours before — but that stuff is easy, really! It just takes planning is all. Not much effort. And the result is a much healthier, much more nourishing treat!
How we liked it
I’m not gonna lie, if you’ve never had a soaked flour baked good before, it is a little different than you might expect. A little bit of the sourness of the yogurt kind of shows through, and it’s kind of an acquired taste. I like it though! Pre-Hubs thought these cookies were good too. The only thing I would do differently next time would be to add even more walnuts! That was my favorite part of the cookies.
Have you ever made soaked flour cookies before? You should try these out!
And be sure to check out the other installments of 25 Days of Nourishing Traditions:
- Onion-Cranberry Compote
- Sweet Potato Puree
- Ginger Carrots
- Stuffed Peppers
- Turkey Stock
- Coconut Turkey Soup
- Carrots Vichy
- Breaded Whitefish
- Moussaka Eggplant Casserole
- Breaded Chicken Breasts
- Baked Custard
- Basic Dressing
- Crispy Walnuts
- Zucchini Cakes
- Roman Egg Soup
- Pineapple Vinegar