I had a great evening on Thursday talking to to a very lively group  from the  women’s circle at the Dungarvan Community Resource Centre.  It was particularly nice to see people tucking into Anne’s home made Chia Cookies.

Chia is the new wonder seed that nutritionist Patrick Holford was talking about on the Late Late Show a couple of weeks ago.  Its packed with protein, vitamins, minerals and Omega 3 oils & is well worth trying to work into your diet.

This recipe is enough to make about 36 cookies:

85g butter, diced plus extra for greasing
280g spelt flour
Pinch of salt
225g caster sugar
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp toasted Chia seeds

Preheat the oven to 160oc/325of/gas mk3 and lightly grease 2 large baking sheets.

Sift the flour & salt together into a bowl.  Rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.  Stir in the caster sugar. Add the egg to the mixture along with the Chia seeds, and mix to form a soft dough.

Roll out the dough thinly on a floured surface & then cut into 36 rounds (or roll into a sausage & slice into rounds) . Transfer the rounds onto the baking sheets. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 10 minutes until lightly golden & crisp.  Transfer onto a wire rack to cool & then store in an airtight container.

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