Cinnamon, Coconut and Raisin Biscuits

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Every two weeks we will be collaborating with the extremely talented and gorgeous Eleanor, who is the creator of Petite Kitchen. All her recipes are gluten free, sugar free, additive and preservative free and are easy to make! Eleanor started her blog just over six months ago and it already has had alot of success. We are obsessed! If you haven't checked out her blog then have a look at all her amazing recipes. This week I will be posting a blog post on the benefits of Cinnamon and we will be posting a Cinnamon, Coconut and Raisin Biscuit recipe created by Petite Kitchen. YUM!

The Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a super spice that should be included in everyones diet daily.  Cinnamon is harvested by the Cinnamon tree, the shoots from the roots are stripped off the bark, and left to dry.  When dried each quill consists of stripes from numerous shoots packed together. It is then ground and this is the powdered cinnamon we often use.  Cinnamon contains calcium, fiber, iron and manganese.

Cinnamon has antimicrobial properties that can be used as an alternative to traditional food preservatives. The antimicrobial properties come from Cinnamons essential oils, these stop the growth of bacteria as well as fungi, including the common yeast infection Candida. It helps in destroying germs in the gallbladders and bacteria in staph infections.

Cinnamon aids in digestion because its components stimulate gastric acid that help to break down the food. It helps to metabolize fats in the digestive process by increasing enzymatic activity.

Cinnamon has remarkable effects in the treatment of type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. It works by lowering blood sugar by decreasing insulin resistance. Cinnamon has an affinity for the uterus and digestive organs because it improves circulation and energy flow in the abdomen. It circulates the energy to the rest of the body, which has a warming effect.

Other medicinal benefits are antiseptic, antiviral, calming for anxiety, helps to lower blood pressure, chewing cinnamon sticks can relieve toothache and freshen breath, helps to regulate periods. When Cinnamon is used in cooking and baking there is no need to do anything to it. It is very easy to use as it can be sprinkled or added on food without any preparation needed. This is why this herb should be encouraged because it’s so easy to use and tastes great!

Libby xx

Cinnamon, Coconut and Raisin Biscuits

These soft and chewy cinnamon biscuits are naturally sweetened with raisins, and have a base of almonds, making them dairy, gluten and sugar free. The perfect guilt free treat, when you are craving something a little sweet.

Ingredients

1 cup raisins, soaked for at least 2 hours, then drained (you can also use medjool dates)

1 cup ground almonds

1/2 cup organic almond butter (you can also use peanut butter)

1/2 cup shredded coconut, plus a little extra for decorating

2 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat the oven to 180°C, and line two baking trays with baking paper.In a food processor add the raisins, almonds, almond  butter, coconut, cinnamon, vanilla and baking soda. Process until a dough like texture is achieved (usually a couple of minutes). You may need to scrape down the sides a little. You can add more almond flour if the dough is a little wet.Using your hands, form small balls and place them on to the baking paper, a couple of centimeters apart as they expand a little.

Using a fork or your hands, press down on each ball to flatten in half. Sprinkle each biscuit with shredded coconut.

Place in to the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes or until nice and golden on the outside.

Leave to cool completely.

Makes around 35 biscuits,  they keep for  3-4 days in an airtight container.

Recipe by Petite Kitchen