Summertime Mung Bean Shortbread Cookies

This is a good summertime recipe because Mung Beans are fantastic and preventing summer time sicknesses associated with the draining effects of hot temperatures.  These cookies would be good to bring along with you when traveling to arid regions during the hot season, when summertime sickness is likely.  You can try substituting honey for the cane sugar to see if the cookies turn out to have more moisture, which might keep them fresh longer in cases where you want them to last during many days of far-away travels.  Experiment and enjoy these tasty treats while you stay healthy.


9 TBS. (1 stick plus 1 tbsp.) Clover Organics salted butter

3 TBS. Jarrow’s organic expeller-pressed coconut oil

1/4 cup organic cane sugar, powdered

1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup organic mung bean flour

1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill organic coconut flour

2 TBS. Bob’s Red Mill organic flax meal

1/4 cup organic masa (corn flour)

1/4 cup rehydrated (soaked) goji berries (Gou Qi Zi)

1 cup rehydrated (soaked) red dates (Da Zao)

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda


Medicinal properties:

‘Lu Dou’ Mung Beans

Lü Dòu (Mung Bean):

Taste & Temp: Sweet/Cold

Channels: HT, ST

1. Clears summer heat

(cases of excess exposure to hot temperatures, thirst, sweating, prevents collapse and fainting)

2. Reduces poisoning

(for cases of food poisoning; to detox from excess pesticides in the diet; or to alleviate the side effects caused by some prescription medications)

Dà Zᾰo (Red Date/Jujube):

Taste & Temp: Sweet/Warm

Channels: SP, ST, (HT)

1. Strengthens the body’s resources of Qi (energy) and Blood

(fatigue, anemia, pallor, etc.)

2. Generates fluids
(prevents thirst)

3. Harmonizes the Spleen

4. harmonizes all the herbs in a formula


Yē Zi Ròu (Coconut Flesh):

Taste & Temp: Sweet/Warming

Channel: HT, SP, ST

1. Tonifies Heart, Spleen, Stomach

2. Stops bleeding

3. Calms wind

4. Expels parasites

‘Gou Qi Zi’ Goji Berries

Gŏu Qĭ Zĭ (Goji Berry):

Taste & Temp: Sweet/Neutral

Channels: LU, LV, KI

1. Tonifies Liver & Kidney yin, blood & essence

2. Tonifies Lung yin

Modern Research: lowers blood pressure &  increases immunity

Click here for more detailed info on the amazing medicinal effects of Goji Berries.


Thanks, Dan, for your re-mix of the original recipe, which can be found here.



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  1. These sound good. I may make them for the intro class. It says they are good for summertime, but I assume they are good all the time…

    Comment by Lisa Polson — October 29, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

  2. This was my first time to try mung bean cookies with red dates in class. The taste is kind of new and interesting to me. Therefore, I am wondering after mung bean and red dates mixed together, will cancel off each other functions or not? Because mung bean is cold type herbs and red dates are warm type herbs. Or their function change to NEUTRAL after they mixed?

    Comment by PUI YEE LAW — November 26, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

  3. Hello Lana,
    This is my first time to try Mung Bean Red Dates Cookies in class. The taste is good. The red dates act like raisin. I never thought about we can combine red dates and mung bean together. Especially, their temperatures are difference, one (Mung Bean) is cold and the other one (red dates) is warm. I am also wondering, will this combination cancel off each other after they combined (e.g. warm + cold – > neutral?).
    Good dessert!!

    Comment by Pui Yee Law — December 3, 2012 @ 12:17 am

  4. Awesome tasty and light treat!!

    Comment by Alana woodschan — December 9, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

  5. Lana,
    Are cookies like these stabilizing to blood sugar? I always have a sweet tooth and am looking for ways to have some healthy sweets in my life without damaging the spleen.


    Comment by Jodi Host — March 9, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

  6. I would like to try to make these as a healthier cookie alternative. So far I have only tried mung bean pancakes at the Korean restaurant, Bowld, on Solano Ave. They were really tasty and gluten free! However this recipe seems very different as a sweet option.

    Comment by Melissa Kordea — March 20, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

  7. I have found a recipe for crunchy mung beans that would also be good for traveling in summer-heat conditions. I’ve seen these while traveling SE Asia, but have yet to attempt making them myself.

    1 cup hulled mung beans
    1/4 – 1/3 cup cooking oil
    1 – 5 Thai chili pepper
    1 green onion
    1 pinch salt

    Soak beans for an hour, and then dry them. Heat pan, pour in oil and heat and then brown the beans. In mixing bowl add cooked beans, green onion, chili pepper and salt. Serve.

    Comment by Kim O'Berry — August 6, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

  8. Thanks for the great recipe! Project for class next trimester?

    Comment by Lana — August 8, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

  9. Great recipe and delicious.

    Comment by Jessica Savich — August 7, 2013 @ 9:42 pm

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