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Postpartum Chai Cookies


Looking for something to snack on whilst you hold your babe but don't want to tuck in to that packet of chocolate digestives because you know you'll demolish the whole contents?! Look no further than these delicious low sugar gluten free chai cookies. They are made from gluten free ingredients with the added benefits of oats and almonds for fibre and protein - perfect for filling you up for longer. The flax seeds are another great source of fibre which is good for gut health and keeping you regular and also omega 3 fatty acids, which are needed for memory and concentration.

The chai spice mix is the winner in this recipe. Most chai flavoured foods use chai syrup to flavour them which just means more sugar and less spice. To avoid having to purchase syrups, so I could control how much sugar I wanted to add to recipes, I made my own mix. I keep this in an air tight Kilner jar so its fresh to add to a variety of recipes including hot chai cacao drink and chocolate chai truffles!

Chai spice is a brilliant combination of warming spices that help aid digestion, support the immune system and balance blood sugar levels all of which should be a focus in the postpartum period.


This recipe makes 9 large cookies or 12 smaller ones

Ingredients

100g oat flour

20g ground flax

3 tsp chai spice mix

150g ground almonds

40g coconut sugar

2 tbsp of raw honey

100g butter

2 eggs

Pinch of sea salt

2 tsp of vanilla extract

1/2 tsp of baking soda



For the chai spice mix:-

4 Tbsp of Ceylon cinnamon

3 Tbsp of ginger

1 Tbsp black pepper

3/4 nutmeg

1 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp ground cardamom


Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until a dough is formed (I pre-ground the oats and flax in my Nutri bullet). Spoon out the mixture onto a lined and greased baking tray and press down the dough with the back of the spoon to flatten. Sprinkle with some chunky sea salt before popping them into a pre heated oven at 180 degrees and bake for 10-15 mins until slightly golden on top.

Leave to cool on wire racking for 10 minutes and while they are still warm enjoy them with a cup of warm milk and chai spice!






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