I usually have an abundance of winter squash already cooked in my refrigerator. Sometimes I have so much I have to come up with a way to use it up. Here is a fantastic cookie that is totally healthy!
I love using collagen peptides (from grassfed cows) in everything I bake now, because it adds protein peptides that are critical to good health in general, and great, in particular, for your gut lining, joint cartilage and skin. The protein also offsets the carbohydrate content of this recipe, making it a more balanced treat.
Collagen for Gut Health
Collagen tissue makes up 50% of the protein in the body, as it is the primary protein in connective tissue – the tissue that makes up fibrous tissues like tendons, ligaments, bone, cartilage and skin. Collagen makes up the matrix of joint cartilage and skin as well as cornea of the eye, bone, blood vessels, the gut lining, and intervertebral discs.
Collagen peptides come from gelatin which is composed mainly of the amino acids glycine, proline and hydroxyproline. These amino acids are critical to healthy matrix structures as outlined above. Gelatin protein can be used to make homemade jello, gummies or used as a thickener in puddings because it gels.
Collagen Peptides are derived from gelatin, and contain the same amino acids as gelatin. The main difference is that these are further processed by using an enzyme to add water molecules so that it can dissolve instantly in hot or cold liquids without gelling. This is great for baking, soups, gravies and shakes!
This is a healthy cookie to begin with and the collagen peptides make it even healthier!
Here is the easiest way to make winter squash!
- 2 cups cooked butternut squash
- 5 eggs
- 4 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
- 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
- 1/4 cup collagen peptides(where to buy)
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1 tsp salt (where to buy salt and spices)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- dash allspice
- 1/4 cup raisins (organic)
- Preheat the oven to 325º F and prepare 3 cookies sheets with parchment paper
- In a food processor, process the butternut squash until smooth
- Add the eggs, virgin coconut oil and maple sweetener (or honey) and mix
- Add the collagen peptides, coconut flour, salt, baking soda and spices and mix
- Add the raisins and mix well - I like very small pieces of raisins
- Place the batter into a bowl for ease
- Place a teaspoon of the batter onto the parchment paper and press down lightly on the batter with your other hand
- Fill the cookie sheets this way
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until lightly browned on top
- Cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes then on a rack
- These freeze well
- Food processor (where to buy a food processor)
- Cookie sheet (where to buy)
- Parchment paper (where to buy parchment paper
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These recipes are suitable for Paleo, SCD, GAPS and all grain free eaters.