|Ok these cookies are not perfectly shaped, but my kids made them so I think they look beautiful!|
Did you know that you are supposed to soak oats before eating them? It used to be common practice, but in the quest for all things quick, it fell out of fashion. All grains contain physic acid. Left untreated it can combine with calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc in the intestine and block absorption. Long term this could have adverse effects. A diet high in unfermented grains could lead to mineral deficiencies and bone loss. Plus the proteins in grains put a huge strain on the digestive system. During soaking and fermenting, gluten and other difficult to digest proteins get partially broken down and are easier to absorb. In light of that, I give you SOAKED OATMEAL COOKIES...
1/2 cup butter (I like pasture butter)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs (try for pasture-raised)
1/3 cup coconut flour
1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup shredded coconut
3 cups soaked and drained oats
walnuts, raisins, chocolate chips or whatever additions you would like
To Soak the Oats:
Mix 3 cups oats with 6 cups water, 1/2 tsp sea salt, and 6 tablespoons whey, yogurt, kefir, or buttermilk. Then cover and leave out at room temperature for at least 7 hours and as long as 24 hours. I was also making Fruit Kvass with whey this time.
To Make the Cookies:
Drain the oats, mix all of ingredients together, spoon onto a lined cookie sheet, and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. That's it and then of course--enjoy!