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Blackstrap Molasses Bar Cookies Provide Calcium For Bone Health

Updated on July 23, 2019
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Vitamins and minerals in blackstrap molasses provide amazing nutrition for bone health. Feed your bones what they need for strength and healing.
Vitamins and minerals in blackstrap molasses provide amazing nutrition for bone health. Feed your bones what they need for strength and healing. | Source

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.

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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

Try these cookie bars if you need a tasty introduction to blackstrap molasses.
Try these cookie bars if you need a tasty introduction to blackstrap molasses. | Source

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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to º350. Prepare 9"x13" glass baking dish with baking spray.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. In medium bowl stir oat flour, all-purpose flour, flax seed, baking soda, ginger and nutmeg together, blending well.
  5. Stir half of flour mixture into molasses mixture, then stir in the other half to make a dough.
  6. Spread into baking pan, patting out evenly (see photograph below). .
  7. Bake in preheated oven approximately 21 minutes, or until just done (so they will not harden too much).
  8. Cool in pan 15-20 minutes, then cut into squares and transfer to serving plate or storage container.
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Mix wet ingredients.Use quality blackstrap molasses.Mix dry ingredients.Blend dry ingredients well with each addition. Spoon dense dough into prepared baking dish.Pat dough out evenly.Just one test taste will not do the job. This batch needed to cool a bit more before cutting.After cooling well the cookie bars were easy to remove from pan.Serving with coffee would be fabulous, but healing bones need to avoid caffeine. A cup of almond milk was delightful with them.
Mix wet ingredients.
Mix wet ingredients. | Source
Use quality blackstrap molasses.
Use quality blackstrap molasses. | Source
Mix dry ingredients.
Mix dry ingredients. | Source
Blend dry ingredients well with each addition.
Blend dry ingredients well with each addition. | Source
Spoon dense dough into prepared baking dish.
Spoon dense dough into prepared baking dish. | Source
Pat dough out evenly.
Pat dough out evenly. | Source
Just one test taste will not do the job. This batch needed to cool a bit more before cutting.
Just one test taste will not do the job. This batch needed to cool a bit more before cutting. | Source
After cooling well the cookie bars were easy to remove from pan.
After cooling well the cookie bars were easy to remove from pan. | Source
Serving with coffee would be fabulous, but healing bones need to avoid caffeine. A cup of almond milk was delightful with them.
Serving with coffee would be fabulous, but healing bones need to avoid caffeine. A cup of almond milk was delightful with them. | Source

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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.

Exercise builds strong bones.

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  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    2 weeks ago from the short journey

    Dora Weithers:

    It is funny how quickly we can acquire a taste for food with nutrients we need! :) Once I learned about the calcium content and other benefits I was hooked. Thanks kindly for letting me know this was helpful to you.

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    Dora Weithers 

    2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

    I've never relished the taste of molasses, but neither was I aware of the nutrient benefits of the blackstrap version. Thanks for this valuable information which I intend to put to use.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 weeks ago from the short journey

    Yves:

    Easy to make, yes, and they are a satisfying sweet little something to enjoy. Maybe you could practice baking with blackstrap and let us learn from your expertise... Hope you get to enjoy these soon.

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    RTalloni 

    4 weeks ago from the short journey

    Genna East:

    So glad to know this post was helpful to you. I began using blackstrap for the reasons mentioned but am looking forward to seeing if the overall benefits are as great as others report.

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    Yves 

    4 weeks ago

    Hmmm. Very interesting. I bought some oat flour, but it is sitting in my cupboard with nothing to do. In fact, I have all of the ingredients needed to make the cookies except for the blackstrap molasses. I used to be quite the baker back in the day. Perhaps I'll try these cookies.

    Every so often I really want something sweet, but knowing full well that cookies and ice cream are bad options for anyone, I usually end up with nothing or maybe a boring apple.

    Your cookies sound like a delicious alternative. It is especially nice that they are apparently easy to make. I like easy recipes!

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    Genna East 

    4 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

    Hi Robert...

    I've neither purchased nor used blackstrap molasses, so I was missing out on the health benefits and recipes as well. Thank you for this delicious and informative hub.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 weeks ago from the short journey

    Peggy Woods:

    Thanks for checking out this recipe. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do. In mentioning blackstrap molasses to other people we are hearing stories of how grandparents used every day and "lived to 105." I'm realizing that I need to ask about the quality of health...but I suspect it must be at least fair if a person lives that long! Appreciate your comment here.

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    Peggy Woods 

    4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

    I use the brand Grandma's unsulphured molasses when I make molasses sugar cookies. After reading this, I will be looking for Blackstrap molasses. Your cookie recipe sounds good. Thanks!

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    RTalloni 

    5 weeks ago from the short journey

    Linda Crampton:

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience with this type of molasses. I was really happy to rediscover it and I do hope you enjoy the bar cookies.

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    Linda Crampton 

    5 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

    Your recipe looks delicious, like your last one. I'm sure I'd like the cookies because I love blackstrap molasses. I often use it to sweeten my morning oatmeal. I like its taste as well as the fact that it contains a significant quantity of certain nutrients.

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    RTalloni 

    5 weeks ago from the short journey

    Angel Guzman:

    Thanks much for letting us know the recipe sounds yum to you. I wasn't sure I could eat it regularly but have discovered that blackstrap isn't bad at all. I can even just take a spoonful. Tried that after reading of other's experience with it.

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    RTalloni 

    5 weeks ago from the short journey

    Patricia Scott:

    Thanks so much for letting me know this brought back happy memories for you. I think you will especially enjoy this healthy blackstrap molasses cookie. I almost feel like it is a meal in a bite!

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    Angel Guzman 

    5 weeks ago from Joliet, Illinois

    Hmm I would eat this. Never heard of blackstrap molasses before. Good read Rtalloni.

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    Patricia Scott 

    5 weeks ago from sunny Florida

    I really enjoyed reading this because my Daddy traveled throughout the east during my childhood. Many times when he returned home he had this delicacy in tow. I can think of nothing better than a biscuit toasted on the top of a wood-fired stove. Thanks for the memories---hoping to try your recipe soon Angels headed your way this afternoon ps

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    RTalloni 

    5 weeks ago from the short journey

    Pamela Oglesby:

    We are enjoying this recipe each morning this week and I hope to use it more often. Unexpectedly I find that I can easily take a spoonful like medicine. It is richly flavored but not unpleasant.

    While my focus is on strengthening and repairing bones, highlighting other benefits of this kind of molasses would make for interesting research and writing. Besides giving unique flavor to foods (gingerbread cookies, yum!) diabetics use it as a slowly digested sweetener, others use it to avoid anemia, it is filled with needed potassium, and reports say it can increase hair health and growth.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    5 weeks ago from the short journey

    Liz Westwood:

    I haven't thoroughly researched treacle but it does seem to be very similar. Evidently there are more grades of treacle than molasses so one should be careful to match the grades when substituting treacle for molasses. Maybe I need to look up that coffee recipe and give it a try. Thanks!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

    I did not know much about blackstrap molasses, certainly not all the healthy benefits. Thanks for what looks like a delicious and healthy recipe.

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    Liz Westwood 

    5 weeks ago from UK

    This looks to me like black treacle that my mother used to use in making treacle toffee. I haven't used this in baking. I will have to give it a go now you have highlighted the health benefits.

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