Brain Food! Yummy Walnut Maple Cookies

Angela Manners shares a recipe from her mother-in-law that is both a family favourite and good for your brain.
Walnut Maple Cookies

Say the word “cookie” and you have me! Then when you say, “it’s healthy”, I would probably be inclined to give it a miss. However, here’s a cookie that is delicious and healthy, with no refined sugar (the stand-in being maple syrup) and packed with ingredients rich in vegetarian sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. What are those, you ask? Well, to be honest, I don’t know much about them. I do know that the body needs them and they are good for your brain. 😉 I also know that these Walnut Maple Cookies are made almost weekly at my house and disappear before I can get my hands on them!

Walnut Maple Cookies

My mother-in-law is a magician at making healthy ingredients taste awesome. This cookie is a family favourite. My only gripe with it would be that I can’t send it to school as a snack because of the nut ban at both my kid’s educational institutions. But it is great as an after-school pick-me-up, while doing homework and I have them (if there are any left) while working accompanied with a hand-poured coffee or cup of tea.

Enjoy! And you’re welcome.

Walnut Maple Cookies

  • 2 1/2 cups walnuts, ground coarsely in food processor
  • 2/3 cup wholemeal spelt flour
  • 1 tsp fine salt
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds (or linseeds, ground)
  • 1/3 cup black currants
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup + 2 tbs
  • 2 tsp vanilla


  • You can substitute chopped dates, raisins or dried cherries for the currants.
  • Don’t substitute the walnuts as they are one of the best vegetarian sources of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Walnut Maple Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together in large bowl.
  3. Mix all wet ingredients together in a separate, small bowl.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well. If the mixture is dry, add some water, one tablespoon at a time. The mixture should hold together when squeezed in your hand.
  5. Drop dough onto a cookie tray and flatten with a fork. (Tip: use baking paper to prevent from sticking.)
  6. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Let cool before removing from tray.

P.S. Store them in an air-tight container

Walnut Maple Cookies

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Recipe kindly provided by Merrilyn Manners and inspired by Dr Neil Nedley, “Depression, the Way Out”.

Angela Manners loves finding an interesting story and talking to people about what they are passionate about. She is Australian but was born in Bangkok, grew up in Southeast Asia and then studied in America. Angela is passionate about coffee, food and everything that surrounds them.
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