My Raw Montmorency Cherry, Walnut, Banana and Cacao Cookies ~
So…I’ve been looking for a healthy solution to 1) satisfy my evening time sweet tooth, and 2) boost my serotonin, melatonin levels, and here’s my solution raw, dehydrated cookies rich in melatonin and l-tryptophan.
Melatonin, secreted by the pineal gland during dark time, is probably the most important hormone that the body produces. Most people know it as the hormone that regulates your circadian rhythm, but melatonin is also considered to be one of the most powerful antioxidants on the planet, and the hormone of health and longevity.
An imbalance of melatonin is linked to depression, chronic fatigue, alzeimers disease, and cancer (particularly breast cancer). The building blocks of melatonin are serotonin and it’s precursor tryptophan. Tart Cherries are said to contain the highest melatonin content of any other food, as do walnuts. Almonds, bananas and cacao are good sources of tryptophan. Personally, I think it’s really important to do your best to boost your levels these days, since most of us spend a lot of time under artificial light and spend a lot of time in front of computers or tv’s, a lot of the time late into the night.
Another way you can boost your levels is by sleeping in complete darkness, and of course having early nights. If you sleep mostly in the light hours, then you can buy blackout blinds or curtains, or even wear an mask as some do. 5HTP supplementation is also very beneficial.
But these are yummy, so why not give them a try:
100g Almonds (preferably soaked)
50g Walnuts (soaked)
50g Montmorency Tart Cherries
1 ripe banana
1 tablespoon of raw tahini
2 tablespoons of chia seeds (soaked)
1 tablespoon of raw coconut butter
1 tablespoon of raw forest honey (no absolutely necessary)
1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of tart cherry powder
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of celtic sea salt
Put the nuts, cherries, seeds and powders in the food mixer and mix into desired consistency, then add the tahini, honey, banana and coconut butter and mix until it turns into a cookie dough, then make into shapes and dehydrate (for me they take around 5-6 hours). If you don’t have a dehydrator you could just use the dough to make balls and refrigerate them overnight, just as good, as the dough is delish. and it might work as a smoothy, but with almond milk. will give it a try also the cookies store well in the fridge or in a container for a 4-6 days. Give it a go and enjoy