Holiday baking – Chyawanprash Cookies

Chyawanprash cookie recipes straight from Himalayan Institute!  HI fresh bakes these cookies for their cafe in Honesdale, PA. Since I’m not spending time at the institute this winter I’m bringing a little bit of HI home for the holidays by baking chyawanprash cookies for students and family members. Maybe you are still trying to pronounce “chyawanprash” (try CHA-WON-PROSH) but once you figure it out you’ll be saying it over and over!

A Traditional Ayurvedic tonic for antioxidant support, stress reduction & rejuvenation

Chyawanprash is complex herbal formula that has a jam like consistency and a history of use as a tonic and strong rejuvenator for more than 2,000 years. The combination of the 36 selected herbs and fruits along with 4 food ingredients in this nutritionally rich tonic has traditionally been used to enhance general health, increase mental and physical energy, and support the body’s natural resistance to disease. The principle herb in Chyawanprash, Amla fruit (Amalaki) is one of the worlds most concentrated sources of naturally occurring Vitamin C, and works synergistically with the other carefully selected ingredients to create a powerful and effective rejuvenating tonic and antioxidant. Regular consumption of Chyawanprash is believed to rejuvenate and fortify both the mind and body and is beneficial to people of all ages and constitutions.

Benefits of Chyawanprash:

  • Considered to be the “multi-vitamin/mineral” of classical Ayurveda
  • Traditionally used for centuries to increase immune support and recovery time from illness while reducing stress
  • Only fresh Amla berry is used not dried powdered fruit
  • Each batch lot has been lab tested & analyzed for purity
  • Contains no preservatives, and is completely natural with no synthetic additives or ingredients
  • Prepared according to traditional methods at a state of the art production facility which is GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) certified
  • Contains 5 of the 6 tastes Ayurveda says creates a balanced diet through use of all the tastes – astringent, pungent, bitter, sour, sweet and salt is the 6th taste but is not in chyawanprash as we have plenty of salt in most diets today.

Chyawanprash is based on a 2,000 year old formula, as described in an ancient Ayurvedic text. The synergy of 36 selected herbs and fruits in this nutritive tonic has traditionally been used to enhance general health, increase energy, and support the body’s natural resistance to disease. The principle active herb, Amla fgruit (Amalaki) which is one of the world’s most concentrated sources of Vitamin C, works with other ingredients to create a powerful and effective antioxidant. Regular ingestion of Chyawanprash is believed to rejuvenate and fortify both the mind and body and is beneficial to people of all ages.

Again, big thanks to the staff at HI for sharing this recipe.  I followed the recipe to a “T” except I used whole wheat flour instead of white.

Ingredients:
1 Cup Butter (2 sticks)
3 tsp. Aluminum-Free Baking soda
2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
1/2 Tsp. Salt
2 Eggs
1/4 Tsp. Ginger root powder
1 Jar of Chyawaprash 5 Cup Organic White flour
Small amount of natural sugar for dressing
Directions: *Pre-heat oven at 350
1. In mixer or large bowel, cream together butter & brown sugar then add eggs (one at a time). Blend well then add chyawanprash (this does take some effort and gets messy). Helpful to use a spoon and a small knife to scrape it off.
2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the wet ingredients until blended well. Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop dough and lightly roll in natural sugar and place on a lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, the cookies will be lightly amber color when ready.

chyawanprash cookies