How many of you struggle with sleeping? Whether it is simply not getting 8 hours a night, not being able to fall asleep, not being able to stay asleep or getting plenty of sleep and still feeling tired, there are so many reasons for having poor sleep! Sleep is really only just starting to get recognition for the impact it has on our health and we are quickly realising what a large impact that is. Poor sleep long-term is associated with so many different health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, weight changes and even a shortening of life span. Most of us have heard that things like alcohol and caffeine affect our sleep, but what about other foods? I have partnered with Mlily, the global mattress brand whose cutting-edge mattresses are designed by sleep scientists to bring you a bit more information about how nutrition can affect our sleep as well as a delicious sleep-friendly recipe. Mlily believes that
There are many different chemicals, nutrients
The foods we eat close to bedtime, such as an evening snack, are what can affect our sleep the most, so I have created this cherry and dark chocolate cookie recipe as the perfect sleep-friendly evening snack! It contains oats, dark chocolate, cacao powder
Sleep-Friendly Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookies
- 1/2 cup butter room temperature
- 1 egg
- 1.5 cups whole oats
- 1/2 cup plain flour
- 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup raw cacao
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup cherries roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Preheat the oven to 180c. Line a baking tray with a baking mat or parchment paper.
- Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Beat in the egg, followed by the vanilla.
- In another bowl, stir together the flour, oats, cacao, baking soda and salt.
- Fold the dry ingredients into the wet until mixed evenly.
- Fold through the chopped cherries and chocolate chips.
- Using an ice cream scoop or a tablespoon, scoop out a heaped tablespoonful of dough per cookie and place evenly on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes.
- Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the tray before sliding on to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Disclaimer: this post was sponsored by Mlily, however all opinions are my own!