Let’s make some cookies
In German, we say: “Liebe geht durch den Magen.”
Which means something like: love enters through your stomach.
I first made these cookies when I still lived in Berlin and started to learn about Hildegard von Bingen.
My interest wasn’t so much in what she knew, but how she knew, and she has been one of my greatest inspirations to seek the answers within.
In her time, she received incredible knowledge through visions, something we can still benefit from today.
“We cannot live in a world interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a hope. Part of the terror is to take back our listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light.”
Her wisdom about plants and how to use them to support and heal our bodies is incredible, so this cookie recipe is inspired by her knowledge.
She used spelt for many things and considered it one of the most beneficial grains.
The spices are what bring in the joy and energy and can support our heart, our nerves and ourselves though, and they are powerful, so don’t eat too many at once!
You can find different variations of these cookies online, this version is vegan and sugar-free because this helps clear our senses, and it’s more beneficial for our bodies.
Hildegard’s Cookies for the Heart
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons coconut oil
0,5 teaspoon ground clover
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
0,5 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons linseeds
100g ground almonds
300g spelt flour (or until texture is good to roll and cut cookies)
Cut the apple into small pieces and boil with a bit of water until soft. Then add the dates and let it cool down for a while.
Use a blender to turn the mix into a soft sauce and add spices, coconut oil, baking powder and honey.
Transfer to a mixing bowl and add the dry ingredients, first the linseeds (let sit for ten minutes), then the nuts and then the flour cup by cup as needed – mix with a spoon until it turns into a nice cookie batter.
Roll out the dough, cut out little cookies (I used a heart and star shaped cutter, but anything goes really) and bake at around 180° for 10 to 15 minutes or until they are lightly brown.
A healthy treat, from the heart and good for the heart for you and your loved ones.