Well these went down a storm at my Rooted Workshop at Bleasby Village Hall the other week-end! First, let me explain the name. What is ojas? Ojas is a Sanskrit term meaning "vigour," and it is best understood as essential energy for the body and mind. It not only gives tissues strength and endurance, but it protects the health and vitality of cells, thereby influencing all bodily functions and physiological processes.
The seat of ojas within the body is said to be the heart, and it is composed primarily of water and earth elements. Ojas can be increased, repaired and protected by eating pure and nourishing (sattvic) foods, practicing meditation and developing a balanced lifestyle.
Within yoga, heart-opening and restful asana can help to fortify and increase ojas.
Ojas-boosting foods include almonds, dates and ghee. An Ayurvedic immune-boosting herbal jam called Chyawanprash includes ojas-building ingredients like ashwagandha root, ghee, and honey, plus the vitamin C–rich amla fruit. Ancient Ayurvedic texts report that chyawanprash increases strength, stamina, and virility and clears the mind. Which is why it is the main ingredient in my Ojas cookies. Give someone an Ojas cookie and it's like giving them a big hug!!
RECIPE for about 16 cookies
50g unsalted butter or ghee 100g dark brown sugar, coconut sugar, or jaggery 2 eggs 3/4 teaspoons of chyawanprash 250g organic white flour or 50:50 rice flour & buckwheat flour or 50:50 rice flour & organic white flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon powdered ginger
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar, then add the eggs (one at a time). Blend well, then add the chyawanprash and mix thoroughly.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and ginger.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and mix until thoroughly combined.
Make balls about the size of a golf ball with the cookie dough, roll them in the natural sugar to lightly coat, and place them on a lined baking tray..
Bake for 10–12 minutes. The cookies will be a light amber color when ready.
If you put in more of the chyawanprash (like I did with the first batch in the photo) they will be darker brown in colour. My second batch used at the hall (no photo) were more amber in colour.