Desserts are often overly sweet with little medicinal value. In fact, excessive sweets injure the digestion and lead to dampness in the body which can cause various imbalances and diseases. This nutritional dessert recipe includes toasted ‘Yi Yi Ren’ 薏苡仁 (Job’s Tears) which strengthens the digestive system (creating healthy Spleen Qi) and reduces dampness (water & mucus retention).
Strong Spleen Qi is the basis of ‘post-natal Qi’ and health. Keeping your spleen strong ensures that your digestive system will have the ability to extract all the nutrients from your food so your body can stay well nourished. How nice to have sweets that strengthen our body’s internal organs rather than deplete them!
- 1 1/2 cup sorghum flour
- 1/4 cup sweet rice flour
- 1/2 cup toasted + finely ground yi yi ren (toast 5 minutes in a iron skillet or in the toaster oven)
- 1 cup sucanat/raw sugar
- 2 sticks butter – softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 bag Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips/disks or chocolate nibs
Preheat oven to 375º F
In a large bowl, put in softened butter. Blend in sugars. Mix in eggs and then add vanilla. Mix all dry ingredients together, and blend into wet mixture. Blend in chocolate chips and nuts. Put heaping teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes. Thanks Laurel for you help with this great recipe!