almond spice cookies from cleanse expert dr. junger
posted: April 29, 2014
When we discovered that cleanse expert Dr. Alejandro Junger, advisor to such names as Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Moore and Tracy Anderson (among many, many others), was launching a cookbook, we jumped at the chance for a sneak peek. Here Dr. Junger explains why he created Clean Eats, and shares one of his favourite recipes from it.
Whenever I treat someone with one of my programs and they feel better, they immediately ask me, “What can I do now to maintain the benefits and continue feeling good?”
The Clean Eats recipe book is my answer to that question.
Clean Eats is not a diet book. It’s a recipe inspiration book that gives you a new way to think about food. It shows you how to discover the foods that work best for you.
The most important thing that I can give a patient to keep healthy is a guide of what to eat. And if the recipes are fun and delicious, the patient won’t feel like eating well is torture and something they have to do even if it tastes horrible. In fact, when people discover how tasty being healthy can be, they rarely want to go back to what they were doing before.
That’s the power of clean eating and why a recipe book is essential. I really feel that the most important tool in our wellness toolbox is our own kitchen. What we make in our kitchens, when made with clean foods that work for us, is the medicine we need today.
This is a great cookie recipe to make any time of year, and something kids will love to help with (and of course probably want to lick the spoon and bowl). The dough is as tasty as the cookies, so feel free to use it as you would uncooked cookie dough (aka eating straight from the bowl) or as a post-workout snack that’s easy to travel with in a plastic container.
ALMOND SPICE COOKIES
Ingredients (makes one dozen cookies):
2 1⁄2 cups almond flour
2 tbs coconut flour
1⁄2 cup arrowroot powder
1 tsp baking soda
1⁄4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling
1⁄4 cup + 1 tbs coconut oil, melted
1⁄2 cup coconut nectar
1 tsp almond extract
In a large bowl, combine the flours, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in the melted coconut oil, coconut nectar, and almond extract. Mix just until everything is combined. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, tightening the sides and shaping it to form a long, even cylinder. Place it in the fridge to solidify, for a minimum of 30 minutes or up to one day.
When you’re ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350F (175C). Remove the dough from the plastic wrap and slice it into 1⁄4-inch rounds. Place the cookies on a parchment-lined baking dish, and sprinkle each cookie with cinnamon. Bake them for 5 minutes, then flip each cookie and bake them for an additional 4 to 5 minutes, until they feel set. Enjoy!
Find your own copy of Clean Eats here.
Alejandro Junger, M.D., is the New York Times bestselling author of Clean and Clean Gut. He completed his training in internal medicine at New York University Downtown Hospital and his fellowship in cardiology at Lenox Hill Hospital. After his medical training, he studied eastern medicine in India. Dr. Junger is also the founder of Clean, a wellness company that helps people live healthier lives by guiding them through targeted programs. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children. Visit him online.