Have you ever heard of a TigerNut?
Nope, me either. Not until my friend, Carolyn (who is a whiz in the kitchen!), sent me a picture of TigerNut Cookie Dough Bites that she’d made. Taunting me. I’d never heard of a TigerNut, but I sure wanted some!
So I googled, “What is a TigerNut?” And here’s what the good ‘ol internet told me:
TigerNuts are not nuts, they are small root vegetables which comprised 80% of our Paleo ancestors’ diet years ago. This ancient superfood originates from Africa. It is currently cultivated in West Africa & Spain. TigerNuts are rich in prebiotic fiber. Prebiotics act as food for your body’s natural organisms. They help your gut’s natural probiotics thrive. A single ounce of TigerNuts has 40% of our daily recommended fiber!
Sounds pretty legit to me. I need whatever I can find/do/eat to help my gut. Ha. 🙂
I asked her to share her recipe. These are DE-LICIOUS, friends. My girlfriend knows how to create some yumminess!! The only hazzard is they don’t last very long around our house! I do have a couple of variations. I try and do less maple syrup. Carolyn is in shape. I am not. I use unsweetened coconut. Also, Carolyn says it makes 1 dozen. I’m from Alabama. Serving sizes are MUCH bigger in the South. It makes about 8 for me. I double the recipe.
Also here’s a pic of the collagen peptides that Carolyn and me both use. We get them at Amazon. They are full of protein! So, these really are a healthy, energy snack. You just have to control how many you eat!
Carolyn’s TIGERNUT JOY NO-BAKE COOKIE DOUGH BITES
(Makes 1 dozen)
1/2 cup tigernut flour
1/2 cup collagen peptides
2/3 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup coconut oil (solid)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 tsp sea salt
2-4 tbs chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix together tigernut flour, collagen powder, shredded coconut, and sea salt.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together vanilla, maple syrup, and coconut oil, then pour it over the dry ingredients, mixing with a spatula or hands until just combined, then fold in the chocolate chips.
3. Use your hands or a cookie scoop to form 12 cookie dough bites, placing each one on a parchment lined plate.
4. Place the plate in the freezer and allow to chill for at least 30-40 minutes until the coconut oil has solidified.
5. Store in the freezer or fridge and remove when ready to eat.
If you can have nuts, almond flour will work in place of the tigernut flour.
Raisins, nuts or carob chips can be substituted for chocolate chips.
Heat in a microwave safe bowl for a “fresh out of the oven” cookie.
Cut into small pieces and put on top of vanilla ice cream.