Gnocchi cookies with purple potato and rose dust

At last!!! We have found the New Kale!!! The Okinawa purple potato has garnered interest in recent times as the people of Okinawa island in Japan often live past 100 years old. This potato is said to be one factor with their community inclusivity of the elderly also being a key factor.. The convergence of these elements, healthy plant based food and emotional and mental support from our fellow humans, is a beautiful example of how 'healthy' is not just promoted through one sole thing. These purple potatoes may be powerful, they contain tons of antioxidants and phytonutrients and help lower and regulate blood pressure, but alone they cannot give you long lasting health. A well balanced plant based diet full of wholefoods and cooked from scratch is a great starting point. Add to that a support network of loving beings (family, friends, animals or all 3 if you are so fortunate) and you have a perfect recipe for hitting that triple digit mark.  

I bought my potatoes from Riverford and have seen them being sold in Waitrose too. Although I do prefer to buy from Riverford as they are organic and I am supporting a great organisation. 

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125g flesh of purple potatoes (boil potatoes in their skin and then cool and peel)

25g soya protein powder (I used Pulsin)(if you do not want to add extra protein to the cookies simply omit this and add an extra 25g gram flour)

50g gram flour

50g coconut sugar

2 tablespoons aquafaba (the water from a can of chickpeas)

A handful of rose tea / dried rose buds (available from Turkish shops), ground in a pestle and mortar

Set your oven to 170c

Mash the potato in a large bowl with a fork till smooth.

Add the protein powder, gram flour, sugar and aquafaba, mix well.

Sprinkle a little protein powder on a chopping board.

Take some of the dough, make a sausage shape then roll it on the board so it lengthens, it should be about 2cm thick.

Once you have done this with all the dough take a sharp knife and cut them into pieces 1 inch wide. 

Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until just cooked.

Roll the cookies in the ground rose petals. This creates a mild rose flavour, if you want to increase the rose flavour simply add a teaspoon of ground petals to the dough.

Eat within 1 day preferably, 2 at a push. After this the potato and gram flour make the cookies too dry. 

Danaliese Radley