Instead of indulging in sugary and processed Christmas sweets this holiday season, enjoy these cancer fighting cookies instead.
Brazil nuts are very high in omega-3 fatty acids, carotenoid antioxidants, and selenium, an anti-cancer mineral and thyroid regulator. Goji berries are noted for their lycopene, which has antioxidant properties and anti-inflammatory effects. Almonds are a most nutritious complete protein, rich in magnesium (the free radical fighter), making it a preventative food against cancer.
Cancer-Fighting Almond Goji Brazil Nut Cookies
Yield: 4 dozen cookies
Preparation Time: 30 minutes + baking time
- 1 tablespoon bitter apricot kernels (optional, but an excellent source of vitamin B17)*
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup raw Brazil nuts
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 1⁄2 cup goji berries**
- 3 tablespoons cold pressed coconut oil, liquefied at low temperature
- 3 tablespoons raw honey OR coconut nectar*** OR Lakanto****
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- Add quality salt to taste, such as pink or sea salt
- Place all dry ingredients except goji berries in a food processor and blend into a coarse flour.
- Add goji berries and process into smaller pieces, about 15 seconds.
- Place mixture in a bowl, pour in coconut oil and sweetener, and mix with a wooden spoon or by hand.
- Form one inch balls by rolling dough in the palms of your hands (about a tablespoon), and place on a cookie sheet. Note: if the dough does not hold together add more coconut oil a little at a time and mix until it sticks together.
- Bake at 115 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours. Remove from cookie sheets and pack in airtight containers. Can be stored for one week in a cool dry place.
*Apricot kernels (the small kernel inside the hard pit) can be found online. They can either be purchased already ground or you can grind them yourself in a food processor or powerful blender such as a Vitamix. Only the bitter apricot kernels are a source of vitamin B17, not the sweet.
**Goji berries are available at most health food stores, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s.
***Coconut nectar can be found in some specialty grocery stores and is readily available online. Coconut nectar is exceptionally high in enzymes, nutrient rich, and is low glycemic, so it’s excellent for a sugar substitute.
****Lakanto (Wholesome Sweeteners Brand) is a one to one sugar substitute available at Whole Foods. This is a superior sweetener for ketogenic diets and low glycemic needs.