Lucky for me, I don’t think I’ve ever come back from a trip up to Northern Ontario (where my parents live) without a care package from Ma McCarthy.
This past weekend was no different — my mom sent me home with spelt flour apple spice cookies. I must admit, these healthy bites of deliciousness came in handy for the long drive home when I got that gnawing feeling in my stomach.
Lucky for you, I’m going to share this amazing recipe. But first, I want to share something else with you. And that is the importance of cooking with love and good intention.
While I may be going off on a wee bit of a rant here, please take note. Love is a positive feeling that benefits you from your nose to your toes and everything in between — particularly your heart. My mom made those cookies with love and good intention. Have you ever noticed if you cook for someone else when you are angry or feeling any negative emotion that it impacts the taste of your food?
So the purpose of my post today is not only to share my mom’s amazing apple spice cookie recipe, but also to remind you to always cook with love and good intention for the people who are going to be eating your creations (hopefully that means you too).
Positive thinking is such an incredibly powerful force that human beings have been aware of since ancient times, yet it seems like the more technology advances and the smarter we become, the less positive and enlightened we become. I encourage you to try this out next time you cook. Add a heaping tbsp of love and good intention.
Recipe after the jump.
These cookies are chewy and moist (provided you don’t overcook them of course). They are perfect to have with breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack. Please keep in mind that spelt flour is not gluten-free. It is, however, a wonderful ancient grain that is lower on the glycemic index than many other flours and it’s absolutely wonderful for baking.
1/2 cup organic coconut oil (softened slightly by heating in a pan)
3/4 cup sucanat or coconut sugar (buy from the health food store — brown sugar is nothing more than molasses added to white, highly refined sugar)
2 happy organic eggs
2 cups spelt flour
1 tsp baking soda (aluminum-free)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves and nutmeg
2/3 cup apple juice
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup shredded apple
1 cup raisins (soaked for 20 minutes in water to soften, drain well)
1 heaping tbsp of love and good intention
Preheat your oven to 375F. Combine the coco oil and sugar in a blender. Add the eggs and combine fully. Slowly add the flour, baking soda and spices, combine until smooth. Add apple juice and stir again. Stir in nuts, apples and raisins until well combined. Drop cookies onto sheet with a big spoon, make sure you grease your pan or line with parchment paper. You can pack them close together because they don’t expand very much.
Bake for 12 minutes. Let cool slightly and then of course, enjoy!