Thursday, 12 March 2015

Black Strap Molasses Cookies

Did you know that one tablespoon of black strap molasses contains 10% of the recommended daily amount of calcium? Well that is kind of the reason for making these cookies (wink).

For the past few months I have decreased the amount of dairy products I consume. (I will write about this change in diet in a future post).Before this change I frequently ate yogurt and I always enjoyed a tall glass of cold 1% milk.These two snacks alone would provide me with just about 100% of the daily recommended amount of calcium I am suppose to have. It wasn't until I completed the calcium calculator on the osteoporosis website that I realized just how little I was now consuming. My calculations were well below the daily recommended amount of calcium. YIKES!

I then did some research and learned about other non-dairy forms of calcium in an effort to amp up my current calcium intake (the website offers some great suggestions). Black strap molasses contains calcium and it was suggested to drizzle it on a piece a of warm toast. I decided to take it one step further and use it to make some cookies. YUM!

2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup black strap molasses (I used organic)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl mix  the oil and 1 cup of sugar. Add egg, beat well. Stir in molasses, 2 cups flour, baking soda and spices. The dough should be firm, If necessary, add a bit more flour.
3. Place 3 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until tops crack. Remove from baking sheet and cool on rack.

I now am enjoying my molasses cookies with a tall glass of unsweetened chocolate almond milk.
Are you getting enough calcium in your diet?

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