Crazy Bird Cookies

Made with seeds, chocolate, chilli and sea salt, the title says it all…. these are crazy good with the right amount of everything you might need when you are feeling a little crazy!   Crazy bird cookies can help balance hormones and are full of nutrient-dense, grounding moreish goodness.

  • Prep 10 mins
  • Cook Time 15mins
  • Difficulty Low
  • Serving12 cookies
  • High Fibre

    High fibre foods are an important part of a healthy digestive system. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are high in fibre.

  • Mineral Rich

    Ingredients are naturally rich in essential minerals. Salty taste in botanicals like parsley, nettles, seaweeds indicates the plants have a high mineral content.

  • Anti Oxidants

    Anti-oxidant are phytonutrients that can help slow & prevent cellular damage from free radicals that can cause disease. Many plants contain anti-oxidants.

  • Hormone Balancing

    Eating foods rich in certain vitamins minerals & phytonutrients can help balance our bodies hormones and endocrine system which affect our adrenal, thyroid, reproductive health.

    Hormonal imbalances may cause a wide variety of different symptoms from fatigue, mood swings, brain fog, anxiety, insomnia, weight gain, weight loss, food cravings, skin + hair + nail health, muscle weakness or pain, inflammation, dryness, infertility, 

    Foods that can help with balancing hormones;

    Leafy Greens & Root Vegetables - high in antioxidants
    Nuts - walnuts, brazil nuts,
    Seeds - flax, hemp, chia, pumpkin, sunflower, 
    Whole Grains
    Legumes
    Wild-caught Omega 3 rich fish like Salmon
    Coconut Oil - Medium Triglyercide
    Seaweeds & Nettles, Parsley, Dandelions
    Medicinal Herbs like Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Maca, Triphala, Licorice, Adaptogens

    Omega 3's, Iodine, Selenium, Vitamin B's & D, Digestive enzymes, bitters, 

    Probiotic and prebiotic foods
    Anti-inflammatory Foods
    Clean water
    Organic & low toxic foods, body & household products


  • Grain Free

    Recipes are grain free. No grain diet can help reduce inflammation in people with chronic auto-immune diseases. AIP, Paleo, whole 30 some Low FODMAP diets.

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 4 tbsp black + white sesame seeds
  • 3 tbsp cacao paste OR chocolate*
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao nibs
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ - ½ - 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

Method

Crazy Bird Cookies

 

PREHEAT OVEN 350F /  175C.  LINE a half sheet pan or cookie sheet with parchment paper or grease.

 

BLEND OR PROCESS sunflower seeds to make flour with a texture like fine breadcrumbs about 15-30 seconds depending on your machine. Caution if you over blend your flour will start to turn into a sunflower seed paste.

 

GRATE raw cacao paste or baking chocolate or finely chop some chocolate chips if that’s what you have.

 

MIX all the ingredients really well, breaking up clumps in sunflower flour with a fork 

 

TASTE and adjust sweetness, spiciness, saltiness – to make sweeter add a tbsp sugar.

 

ROLL tablespoon-size scoops of crazy bird mix into balls and place on a lined sheet pan, press down to slightly flatten. You can garnish tops with sea salt, chilli flakes a sprinkle of sugar as you wish.

 

BAKE 15mins until golden

 

COOL on wire rack they will crisp and harden up a little as they cool

 

SERVE with whatever you fancy ~ a chamomile tea ~ hot chocolate ~ an espresso martini ~ a glass of red wine.

 

STORE in an airtight container once completely cooled.

Tips + Suggestions

*SUNFLOWER SEED FLOUR; blend or process sunflower seeds to make a medium flour 15 – 30 sec.  SUBSTITUTE sunflower seeds for pumpkin seeds or a sustainable nut like hazelnut or almond if almonds are sustainable where you live?

 

PULP from your plant-based milk works great too break it up with a fork to a coarse flour.

 

*CHOCOLATE = Raw cacao paste or baking chocolate or chocolate chips grate some using a box grater or micro plane or chop up some choc chips – aim to buy fair trade chocolate and cacao.

 

SPICE IT UP by adding spices like cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin, cake, allspice, cardamom 1-2 teaspoons, 

 

SWAP maple syrup with 2-3 tbsp sugar + 2-3 tbsp water

 

CONSIDER Organic – sunflowers can be a highly sprayed crop and genetically modified, aim to buy organic, non-GMO.