Spirulina is not only a nutrient-dense superfood but is often called a perfect food. Why is it so beneficial to incorporate into your diet? Spirulina, a blue-green algae that grows in alkaline lakes, contains over 65% complete protein and is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. It contains iron, sulfur, probiotics, chlorophyll, healthy fats, and antioxidants.
Spirulina is especially ideal for anyone who leads an active lifestyle because it boosts energy, repairs muscle and reduces inflammation. It also aids in digestion and even improves flexibility.
While spirulina is easy to add to smoothies or sprinkle on salads, you can also mix it into treats like in the recipe below. Vegan and gluten-free baker Maiah Miller has shared with us her Spirulina Cookie recipe that shows that incorporating this superfood into your diet can be not only simple but sweet.
Spirulina Cookies from Maiah Miller
- 2 1/2 tsps organic spirulina
- 7-9 organic Medjool dates
- 1 medium organic banana
- 1/3 cup organic sesame seeds, toasted or raw
- 1/2 cup organic raw shredded coconut
Mix ingredients in a food processor. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides to make sure it is all combined; add a little filtered water if necessary. Pinch “dough” and roll into little balls and flatten into little discs. Dehydrate in a food dehydrator or oven at 115 for several hours. 4-5 hours for a chewier “cookie”, texture of 1-15 hours for a crispier texture. They will taste great and keep either way.
Have you ever tried spirulina?