5 whole green cardamom pods
3/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
3/4 teaspoon whole cloves
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar
CHAI COOKIE CAKES
Seeds of 6 whole green cardamom pods
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup almond pulp (leftover from almond milk making)
1 1/2 cups cashews
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 1/2 teaspoons rose water
4 to 5 dates
Agave nectar (optional)
1. With a spice mill or mortar and pestle, slightly grind down cardamom, fennel, and cloves.
2. Add mixture to a pot of water on high heat. While the water heats, grind the almonds down to a nice powder.
3. Once the water is boiling, turn down to low heat, and allow the chai to brew for just a minute or two longer.
4. Pour the chai into a cup, and allow it to cool for just a minute.
5. Mix in the ground almonds, honey, and vanilla extract.
CHAI COOKIE CAKES
6. In a food processor, combine cardamom, fennel seeds, cinnamon, and salt. Allow food processor to run until entire mixture is powder-like.
7. Add cashews, and run until cashews are in small granules.
8. Put the mixture into a mixing bowl, and add the dates, coconut oil, rose water, and almond pulp.
9. Mix and mash everything together by hand. If you’d like more sweetness, add the optional agave nectar. Place mixture in small cookie like shapes onto a plate covered with wax paper
10. Put in the freezer for at least 4 hours, and then transfer to the coldest part of the fridge.
With it being the dead of winter and all, I’ve been doing my best to stay warm during the cloudy rainy days.
This can be especially difficult if your diet consists of mostly raw foods, so it's good to supplement with foods and spices that having a warming tendency for the body.
The three C’s of warming spices are cinnamon (dalchini), cardamom (elichee), and clove (laung).
In my opinion, the best way to combine these heat makers is to make a nice cup of warm chai. The smells and tastes of these aromatic spices are just the thing for that cold day gloom, and are also great for your health.
Go find a cozy place on the couch, wrap yourself in a blanket, and sip your tea until you feel all warm and tingly inside.
To go along with the chai, I’ve included a recipe for a delicious snack to enjoy, which I’m going to call chai cookie cakes. Enjoy it!
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This information is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice.
I encourage you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with like-minded, qualified health care professional(s). I wish you success on your raw journey!