Friday, March 18, 2016

BEAUTY BITES: MATCHA CREAM MACAROONS




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These morsels are reminiscent of macaroons but yield a more dense yet creamy texture that my family + friends gobbled down to the crumbs. Free of the traditional refined sugars, egg, and processing, they're instead low-glycemic treats that deeply rehabilitate and repair muscle tissue via whey and provide a super-antioxidant zing! of energy à la matcha.

Although I am not one to use protein powders—whole foods over processed—M.V. Naturals's minimally cold-processed, highly-bio available whey protein preserves the native character of easily-digestible protein. It has less than 0.01 g of lactose and has high concentrations of cysteine, an essential amino acid precursor for possibly the most potent antioxidant glutathione, to boost immune function and combat oxidative stress. Alternatively, you could use blood sugar-stabilising + omega-3 fatty acid-rich hemp protein for a vegan option that boasts a complete, plant-based 20 amino acid profile. Grass-fed collagen (cold-water soluble) and/or gelatin could also be an untested option here for an autoimmune, anti-inflammatory option for those who cannot tolerate any dairy products, like myself.

Treats worth getting your hand stuck in the cookie jar for . . .

I N G R E D I E N T S 
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1 cup protein powder — cold-processed, grass-fed whey or organic hemp protein for a vegan option / AIP could also try grass-fed collagen here, although I have to experimented with it for this recipe
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted
1/2 teaspoon liquid stevia
3 tablespoons raw cacao or carob powder, optional for variation of flavour

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1 tablespoon of coconut oil
2 teaspoons of coconut butter
1 teaspoon of matcha powder or you could use a teaspoon of herbal greens blend, filled with detoxifying sea vegetables + antioxidant berries

D I R E C T I O N S 
Combine all the ingredients until they are well incorporated. Scoop them onto a pan covered with parchment paper (I use a non-toxic, bleach free version). Place the pan in the freezer to allow the cookies to set for around 7-10 minutes. As you wait for the cookies, whip up the matcha cream. Take the cookies out of the freezer, place a generous dollop on each and devour!

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