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Chinese medicine has a strong emphasis on using food as medicine and utilizing nature's resources as healing agents for the body. Today the focus is on nourishing the yin aspects of the body. Yin in nature is feminine, containing, dark, passive, interior, substance, contraction, and in the body includes the blood,  body fluids and tissues. Yin is moisturizing and has an effect on the quality and radiance of hair, skin, and nails. Nourishing yin has the benefit of preventing and treating: premature aging, low back pain, dizziness, floaters in the eyes, dry cough, dry skin, dry eyes, constipation and dry stools, hot flashes, insomnia, night sweats, and memory loss.

These cookies are very fudgy, chewy, gooey, soft, rich in flavor, and are in my opinion, one of the best cookies I have ever tasted. I am a bit of a Cookie Monster and it is essential for my cookies to be chewy and doughy, but also healthy and nourishing. If you have the same high expectations of cookies as me, then you will not be disappointed. Get ready to cozy up metaphorically with these delectable, velvety, and dreamy cookies.

Key Ingredients:

Almond | slightly warming thermal nature; sweet flavor; relieves stagnant qi of the lungs; transforms phlegm, alleviates cough, lubricates the intestines.

Sesame seed (tahini) | neutral thermal nature; tonifies the yin fluids and blood; strengthens the liver and kidneys; lubricates the intestines and the five yin organs (heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, & lungs); acts as a general tonic.

Flax seed | neutral thermal nature; sweet flavor; laxative; mucilaginous; relieves pain and inflammation; influences the spleen-pancreas and colon; the richest source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Gou Qi Zi (Goji berry) | neutral thermal nature; sweet flavor; tonifies blood; nourishes liver and kidney; brightens the eyes and improves eyesight; enriches yin and moistens lungs; benefits essence.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons warm water)
  • ½ cup tahini
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt (preferably pink Himalayan or other form of unprocessed sea salt)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chunks
  • ¼ cup goji berries

Directions:

Mix together flax egg and let it thicken up for a few minutes. In a large bowl, mix together tahini, maple syrup, and flax egg. Add almond flour, cacao, coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and vanilla extract. Stir in dark chocolate and goji berries.

Place in fridge for at least an hour.

Preheat oven to 350.

Oil cookie sheet (I prefer avocado oil for all high heat cooking) or line with parchment paper for less clean-up.

Drop cookies in golf ball sized amounts. No need to flatten.

Bake for 7-10 minutes.

Enjoy!

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