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Pregnancy Superfoods

Ah, the pregnancy superfoods.  Some of the top foods are blueberries, dark chocolate, walnuts, flax, and salmon.  I’ve been trying to eat more of these lately.  So, I revived a recipe I shared almost a year ago.  I switched out the carob chips for dark chocolate and behold:  these easy cookies pack in three of my superfoods (walnuts, dark chocolate, and flax). 

I’ve also learned to cut the prep time by using bags of walnut chips instead of chopping my own nuts.  I just made these cookies and the prep time was six minutes. 

Here is the recipe again:

2 1/2 cups chopped walnuts

2/3 cup whole wheat flour

1 tsp unrefined sea salt

1/3 cup ground flax (I grind mine in a coffee grinder just before using.  You can buy it already ground as flaxseed meal)

1/3 cup carob chips (or chocolate)

1/2 cup maple syrup plus 2 tbsp

2 tsp vanilla

Add all the ingredients in the given order and mix well.  Spoon onto a greased cookie sheet.   Flatten each mound slightly with a fork.  Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes.  Cool before eating.

Note:  these are not cake-like cookies.  They are more like nut-clusters.  I get about 2 dozen cookies from one batch.

10 responses »

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  2. Can honey be used instead of maple syrup?
    Those sound yummy…..

  3. You posted this before, and I may have said it then, but thanks so much for sharing the recipe! These are like nothing I’ve ever tasted. I made them for a couple of friends/events and have gotten requests for the recipe. I just wish maple syrup was a LITTLE cheaper.

  4. I wish walnuts and maple syrup were a little easier on the budget.

    Rhonda–give it a shot with the honey. It might turn out a little crunchier. I don’t know. Let me know how it turns out!

  5. publix thinks that grade b maple syrup is inferior and thus has it cheaper than health food stores and grocers! still pricey, but you can use SO much less (for other things– not the cookies) when it has that bolder flavor, and it retains some vitamins that the more filtered yumminess doesn’t. *maple syrup addict* i remember as a kid having only LOG CABIN… the flavored corn syrup. i didn’t realize until adulthood what real maple syrup was.
    ps. these cookies are the best cookies ever. ever. ever.

  6. as a former sugar maker (that’s vermonter for “maple syrup maker”), i don’t recommend subbing honey for real maple syrup. the viscosity, sweetness, and boiling point are totally different. for baking purposes, that detestible product they call “pancake syrup” down here is actually a better sub, although i’d just splurge and get the real deal. oh wait, no, i’d go into my magic armoire filled with 2006 grade a amber . . .

  7. Wow, those sounds yummy! Hey, I have info posted on my blog about a contest you might be interested in:)

  8. These cookies are stuPENdous! Did you create the recipe yourself? Can I share it on my blog?

  9. Kim–I found the recipe in a health food catalog but traced it to the original recipe from a book Depression The Way Out by Neil Nedley. Feel free to pass along!


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