Turmeric Breakfast Cookies

Wednesday already!

My Brother-The-Middle-Boy, some years ago, told me about the benefits of Turmeric. At the time I couldn’t find any recipes I liked that included it as an ingredient, and eventually lost interest in looking for one. And there the matter stood, until last week. I got it into my head that including Turmeric in my daily diet would be a good thing, so I began anew to search for appealing recipes. I found one, but it didn’t quite meet my criteria for a healthy recipe, too much sodium, too much sugar, and too many “fussy” ingredients, like using soaked flax seeds instead of an egg. So I tinkered with it. My version of Turmeric Breakfast Cookies is low sodium, low sugar, and full of oatmeal and a vegetable or fruit, depending on what options I choose at the time. I enjoy one of these cookies in the morning with my coffee. They are very spicy, so eating them as a snack before bedtime was not a good idea, heartburn!

This morning I arose at 5:30 a.m., which is normal on a weekday. I get up with Attila, who has to get ready to go to work. Immediately I began to putter in the kitchen. I was out of Turmeric Breakfast Cookies, so a batch was soon underway, and the first cookies were in the oven before Attila left for work. Today’s dinner will be Baked Beans (Instant Pot, recipe to be discovered) with “wieners”, Yves vegetarian copies of the real thing. Navy beans had been soaking overnight, so they were set to cook in the Instant Pot, 9 minutes and done to perfection. Everything was baked or cooked before 7:00 a.m., when the price of hydro went up to mid-peak prices.

The habit of taking ACV (apple cider vinegar) daily slowly faded away, after discovering that it really was beneficial in controlling blood pressure, at least in my case. Yesterday I read that this combination would reduce heartburn and deter the acidic taste: 1 cup filtered water, 1 tablespoon ACV, 1 teaspoon baking soda. Whoa!! Undrinkable in my opinion, down the drain it went. Then I tried 1/2 cup filtered water, 1 tablespoon ACV, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. Well that was a bit better, but the baking soda is full of sodium (315 mg in 1/4 teaspoon), so it really isn’t a solution for anyone on a low sodium regime; at least I am not wasting any part of my daily quota on something that tastes so vile. So, the conclusion is that 1/2 cup filtered water, 1 tablespoon ACV, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, is the recipe of choice at Mist Cottage. Attila, well he just drinks the stuff straight up… I get tears in my eyes and my throat closes up just thinking about that!

turmeric breakfast cookie

Turmeric Breakfast Cookies, stored in a glass dish, with the layers separated by waxed paper. I love these cookies!

navy beans and mason jar of frozen water

Cooked navy beans in the Instant Pot inner pot, and a jar of frozen vegetable cooking water. The cooking water is being thawed to use as the liquid in making Baked Beans.

Yesterday’s harvest from the garden: Scarlet Runner Beans and three varieties of tomatoes: Amish Paste, Health Kick, and San Marino. The beans will be refrigerated for a meal this week, and the tomatoes will be frozen to process into tomato puree and pressure canned when the harvest season is over.

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Date: 12:00 PM EDT Wednesday 12 September 2018
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Humidity: 83%
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Quote

“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”
Henry Ford
1863 – 1947

Times change!

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10 Responses to Turmeric Breakfast Cookies

  1. Birdie says:

    Those cookies sound so delicious! I love spicy food.

  2. Birdie, I love sweet and spicy food, and discovered recently that cinnamon and beef are quite wonderful together!

  3. Bex says:

    Turmeric is supposed to be a miracle food for arthritis suffers. My friend in England has been trying for years to get me to make and eat turmeric paste but I just can’t seem to get into the habit of it. I use it as a spice now and then as I have a supply of it here but I should really be consuming it on a more regular basis, given that arthritis is my nemesis. One of the things that sheila tells me must be added is black pepper, there is something about the combo that does the work best.

  4. Bex, I looked at the paste and no thanks. I tried Turmeric beverages and no thanks. Then I found a recipe for cookies, and, well, maybe. The efficacy of the turmeric and the black pepper are diminished by up to about 50% by baking temperatures, but really, compared to not bothering with turmeric and pepper at all, at least there is some efficacy there. Better some than none is my thinking.

    My Turmeric Cookie recipes includes turmeric and black pepper. I had my doubts, re black pepper in cookies, but it turns out I love the flavour kick!

    I don’t use coconut oil, the popular fat in Golden Paste, which is not a good oil in my opinion, despite what the self-defined experts may say… the experts who have trained for many years at university, and back up their statements with studies that can be reviewed by peers and the public, they provide more reliable, if partial, information in my opinion. Coconut oil is about 90% saturated fats, and although there are some benefits to coconut oil, I feel they do not outweigh the down sides of coconut oil. I take my coconut oil “au naturel” in shredded coconut, and apply it to my skin, but I don’t use the oil as an edible.

  5. Teri says:

    I was reading about ACV just the other day. While the article was very strong on the benefits of ACV, they cautioned you shouldn’t drink it straight as it will ruin your teeth and burn the esophagus.

    Your cookies sound really interesting!

  6. Birdie says:

    I have your recipe for cookies in the oven as I write this. Yummmmm!

  7. Teri, Attila has been drinking vinegar his whole life, ghastly, I wonder if his innards are cast iron, still has strong teeth, it is one of his guilty pleasures. I take mine with water and rinse my mouth out afterward.

    I love the cookies!

  8. Birdie, I look forward to your cookie review! I am eating one right now.

  9. The cookies sound wonderful, but the ACV not so much! Turmeric can be very helpful in treating inflammation. I dissolved it in water and downed it straight last winter, when I had an inflammed inner ear. It worked! I’m convinced! Thanks for raising the topic of turmeric, Maggie.

  10. Diane, the ACV is my “close your eyes and think of England” experience of the daily routine, I hate the stuff. But I think it does me good, so I can make myself consume it for a while before resisting the misery of it. The cookies, well, I have them for breakfast every day, and enjoy them a lot! I can’t imagine dissolving turmeric i water and consuming it, as I don’t really like it all that much, but I do like it combined with the other spices so the cookies work for me. You can use Golden Paste, there are lots of recipes online, but it doesn’t appeal to me either, and at this point I don’t need a lot, if any, I just decided I’d include it in my daily diet if I could find a way. There are Turmeric bars you can buy, a fellow in Australia makes them, and people say they are quite nice, and actually I was looking for a recipe for his bars when I bumped into a turmeric cookie that inspired my version. Turmeric is a food, so I figure in moderation it is just fine.

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