Blackstrap Molasses Bar Cookies Provide Calcium For Bone Health
Bone Health and Blackstrap Molasses
Most homes in times past stored blackstrap molasses as a home remedy. Though its benefits may not have been fully understood, they were well known. Perhaps, when nothing else was available, it was used for conditions we wouldn’t use it for today but that does not diminish its true benefits.
Now days we know that, among other advantages, blackstrap molasses is high nutrition for our bones. Its ample manganese and magnesium levels, with vitamins and other trace minerals, make the calcium more absorbable by our bodies. As a good source of B6 this type of molasses is a boon for bones.
It is a mistake to mistake regular molasses with blackstrap. The first thing you would notice is the taste. Blackstrap molasses has a much richer flavor, but the important thing is that it has more calcium and other nutrients due to its concentration. Reading up on what it contains for our health was just more encouragement for me to use it regularly.
Putting it in tea may sound like a good idea, but I found I only want a teaspoonful in a cup of regular tea with a bit of honey added. Pairing it with flavorful herbal teas isn’t my cup of tea. Adding it to baked beans, however, is a real winner. In continuing to study out using blackstrap molasses I know I can get enough each day to meet the need and do it in ways appealing to our tastes.
Other benefits of blackstrap molasses prove that finding ways to add it to our recipes is a smart move. As an aid in treating insomnia, in improving stamina, and fighting the effects of stress it’s no wonder this sticky substance is a staple in healthy homes. Read on to learn more about my blackstrap molasses cookie bars.
Molasses in Your Kitchen
Is blackstrap molasses a staple in your kitchen?
Old Fashioned Style Blackstrap Molasses Cookies for Bone Health
Many molasses cookies call for dipping in extra sugar but this richly flavored recipe skips that to keep the sweet stuff to a minimum. The purpose of the recipe is to enjoy the benefits of blackstrap molasses without raising carb levels any more than necessary. Loading them with chia fiber helps offset the sweeteners effects besides adding another level of calcium and other nutrients for our bones, but just enough sugar is enough.
Making blackstrap cookies from one of the popular recipes wafting their wonderful aromas around cyberspace to my nose’s imagination seems like a great idea, but the problem is I am currently limited by fractured vertebrae. The goal is to obey doctor’s orders and increase my bone’s nutrition, so I needed a recipe with minimal work. My husband is great help, and I can’t do any baking right now without him, but this is taxing for him, too. Bar cookies were the answer to keeping it simple for both of us.
Besides all that, I wanted to incorporate other bone healthy ingredients into my blackstrap cookies. Chia seed, flax seed, and oat flour all add their own goodness to the following recipe. Limiting ourselves to a sort of prescribed amount each day keeps us from adding unnecessary pounds by eating too many of these yum treats. Now that we've tried them we have decided to reduce the sugar amount by 1/4 cup but I’ve posted the recipe as baked per the pictures shown.
Feeding our bones well is crucial to aging well!
Easy, Healthy Breakfast Cookie
Blackstrap Molasses Cookie Bar Ingredients
- 2/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup chia seed
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Preheat oven to º350. Prepare 9"x13" glass baking dish with baking spray.
- In large bowl soften coconut oil, then stir in blackstrap molasses, honey, brown sugar, chia, and vanilla. Mix well to make a smooth batter. Set aside for at least 20 minutes to soften chia seeds.
- Depending on your indoor temperature it may be necessary to soften the mixture in microwave a bit (for my appliance it only takes 7 seconds 2 times, stirring between) before continuing with the next step.
- In medium bowl stir oat flour, all-purpose flour, flax seed, baking soda, ginger and nutmeg together, blending well.
- Stir half of flour mixture into molasses mixture, then stir in the other half to make a dough.
- Spread into baking pan, patting out evenly (see photograph below). .
- Bake in preheated oven approximately 21 minutes, or until just done (so they will not harden too much).
- Cool in pan 15-20 minutes, then cut into squares and transfer to serving plate or storage container.
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Need to Know More About Molasses?
Has the above information peaked your interest in molasses? Do you like both food and history? Then the following information will help you begin an educational journey with molasses.
• Learn something about different kinds of molasses, how to use them, and a few interesting facts.
• Want a hint about molasses beginnings, how Americans stood against British rule with it, or to know when and why sugar out-stripped its popularity?
• Thinking about making your own blackstrap molasses? Wonder how to no more.
Important Note: Talk To Your Doctor!
The information in my posts is readily available from various sites but you should always speak with your health professional about your health needs.
An Easy Way to Remember the Benefits of Blackstrap Molasses
Optimize Calcium Absorption: A Few Tips
• Obviously, eating enough calcium in our foods is essential.
• Check out how salt, caffeine, coffee, and diuretics (including sodas) contribute to elimination of calcium from our bodies.
• See what foods help us absorb calcium, including the importance of vitamin C in building collagen.
• Small amounts of calcium from food throughout the day help us maintain proper calcium levels. When it comes to supplements more than 500 mg of calcium at one time is not absorbable.
• Study up on the counter-productivity of taking calcium supplements with iron supplements.