I was inspired to make this recipe by the abundant nourishing foods that come from America. (The two continents, not just the united states of). With the globalization of trade, we can now get food that looks the same anywhere in the world. While the ingredients in this recipe aren’t exactly local (Central America is just about as close to Toronto as London, England), I think foods indigenous to America are too often overlooked. Imagine how different Europe would be without potatoes, tomatoes, corn, coffee, or chocolate. These are not only native to America, but the techniques for their breeding, cultivation, and preparation date back thousands of years.
The pecans in this recipe are native to North America, cacao was first cultivated in Mexico, and amaranth is an ancient American (super-)grain that is especially high in protein, iron, and calcium. Only the orange zest originates across the ocean, but this could be omitted, leaving the vanilla extract (another Mexican food) to complement the chocolate.
Chocolate Amaranth Cookies
Mix together in a large bowl:
3 tablespoons vegetable or coconut oil
1/4 cup honey or agave syrup
3 tablespoons warm water
1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine in a medium bowl:
1 cup amaranth flour
1/3 cup tapioca flour
1/4 teaspoon gum arabic*
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
*(A binding agent which comes from the sap of the acacia tree. This can be substituted for one egg).
Add dry ingredients to honey water and stir. The consistency will be somewhat pastey. Add to this:
1 cup chocolate chips
zest from one orange
Form the dough into small cookies (about 1 heaping tablespoon each) and place on a baking sheet covered in parchment. Top each cookie with a pecan half.
Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes, until cookies have slightly darkened on the bottom.