By Ginnee Hancock
I am a recipe developer and off-grid cook. At Finca Quijote we use whole foods, fresh, local, organic, make do, and reinvent. We cook with native ingredients purchased locally, not imported goods. I try to add healthy options to all recipes. More fruit, less oil. I add lots of flax seeds to most everything. If it calls for nuts, it gets flax seeds instead. Doesn’t call for nuts, gets flax seeds anyway. See how that works? I am always thinking, I don't have this, but I have that. What if....? And so my kitchen is the source of many proto types. I am known for serving up new creations to guests and family with the announcement "this is a proto type, no guarantees". I’ve been doing that for as long as I can remember. The first time, company was coming and I thought "are you crazy?" Not every proto type is a keeper; that’s just how it is. Some need tweaked, and some will never be seen again.
Did I subtract flour because of the additional fiber of the coffee? No, never have done that. It works, no one has ever said, "Did you put ground coffee in this?" Most folks never guess that coffee is in chocolate anyway. Most use a box of stuff and call it cooking or baking. We cook from scratch. Use what you got, be creative, substitute, and learn to love it.
So, I think I am on to something here. Turns out that coffee grinds have more nutrients than drinking coffee. The mucus membranes in our mouths quickly absorb those nutrients and the beans give us all of the nutrients, not just what drips through the filter.
The healthy benefits of coffee.....the #1 source of antioxidants for most Americans, boosts memory, relieves post workout muscle pain, reduces skin cancer, liver disease risk, cardiovascular disease, lessens symptoms of Parkinson's Disease, reduces cognitive impairment and immune dysfunction.
Have to run, the world's best brownies are fresh out of the oven and the coffee is pouring! Let me know if you want the brownie recipe!