Cardamom Oatmeal Cookies

Cardamom reminds me of chai tea. And chai tea reminds me of home. So when asked to bake treats for a late fall picnic, how could I ignore the call to add a little of my favorite memory-invoking spice to tried and true oatmeal cookies?

While I feel it’s well worth adding cardamom to your food for the flavor alone, these health benefits are also something to consider whenever you reaching for a spice:

Digestion – Cardamom is related to ginger and can be used in much the same way to counteract digestive problems. Use it to combat nausea, acidity, bloating, gas, heartburn, loss of appetite, constipation, and much more.

Detoxification – This spice helps the body eliminate waste through the kidneys.

Diuretic – Part of the reason cardamom is such a good detoxifier is thanks to the diuretic properties. It helps clean out the urinary tract, bladder, and kidneys, removing waste, salt, excess water, toxins, and combating infections too.

Antioxidant – Many of the vitamins, phytonutrients, and essential oils in cardamom act as antioxidants, cleaning up free radicals and resisting cellular aging.

Oral Health – Apart from helping with bad breath, cardamom is used for mouth ulcers and infections of the mouth and throat.

Blood Pressure – As a diuretic and fiber rich spice, cardamom significantly lowers blood pressure.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Herb-Infused Ghee (or alternative), softened at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup chopped dry dates
  • 1/2 cup Masala Chai Spiced Honey (or natural alternative like maple syrup raw cane sugar)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup rice, oat, or bran flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cardamom
  • 3 cups rolled oats

Instructions

In Large bowl, mix Herb-Infused Ghee, dates, and Masala Chai Spiced Honey until creamed together. Beat in eggs. Add vanilla.

In another bowl, stir together flour, rice, spices & salt.

Add this dry mix to the to the ghee/honey mixture and stir well. Slowly add in the oats.

Using a tablespoon, make 1.5" dollops on a greased baking sheet, placed 2" apart.

Bake at 375 degrees for 9-12 minutes, until golden and slightly crunchy on top but soft in the center.

Cool slightly then enjoy!

Sachi Doctor

Elemental Alchemy, 90 Rio Vista Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94611

Sachi Doctor is an Ayurvedic practitioner and holistic health coach who founded Elemental Alchemy with the mission to provide a resource for those navigating their way towards optimal mind-body health.

Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at a young age, Sachi has spent over twenty years exploring different health modalities, treatment plans, diets and mindfulness practices to help alleviate chronic pain and restore balance.

After years of looking to others for a model of health with no relief, Sachi realized that the answers she sought were not hidden in someone else’s prescription for wellness but unique to her, and that the first step towards discovery was actually tuning out what was right for others and tuning into herself.

As she tapped into the wisdom of her own body, she discovered that the elements foundational for health  — the blueprint she so fervently sought — was within her, within each of us. Since then Sachi has been passionate about helping others also cultivate clarity and inner wisdom for vibrant health.

In addition to her Ayurvedic and nutrition education, Sachi has completed over 800 hours of yoga teacher training and continues to study with her mother, her first yoga teacher, for whom these practices are a way of life.

Sachi is a board member of the Prison Yoga Project at San Quentin State Prison and serves as an ambassador for Yoga Gives Back, a non-profit that raises funds within the US yoga community to support microcredit programs for women in India. She holds a Msc in Development from the London School of Economics.