Greek philosophers live in all of us in one way or another. We can have our own perspective or follow a known philosophy. But, somehow we all incorporate one of the philosophical views from ancient Greece. As humans, we always want to discover new horizons and as long as we do there’s hope. Now you might wonder, why start the article and an intro to a Keto recipe with philosophy? Well, since we are in Greece, we cannot resist it. After all, we also have our own Keto Mediterranean philosophy developed over the past 5 years.
Getting inspired by ancient Greek Philosophers
We love them all, but in particular, Aristotle was very friendly to artists. We believe that culinary art is as important as any other art. This is why all our creations in the Keto Mediterranean universe carry an artistic note. Not only visually, but in flavour and nutritional value. So, why wouldn’t we get inspired by an ancient berry? Alexander the Great sent some of them to Greece, and in particular, he wanted his teacher Aristotle to study them. So let’s hear the story about the star of our recipe!
Powerful berries of antiquity
Alexander the Great saw the valuable qualities of the sea buckthorn berries. He decided to include them in his diet as well as the diet of his troops. They noticed it gave them strength and vitality. Sea buckthorn berries have been used in traditional medicine in Central Asia and Eastern Europe for thousands of years. As we know today, these berries are full of vitamins, antioxidants, and fatty acids. These nutrients can boost the immune system and increase mental abilities.
Ancient Greek figures in pharmacology, medicine, botany, and nutrition knew of the healing and beneficial qualities of Sea buckthorn.
According to ancient sources, Alexander noticed that his horses adored the berries. After consuming them, they had more power and seemed to shine in health. He then included the small fruits in his diet as well as the diet of his troops.
We could say that Alexander gave the scientific name to this plant, Hippophae. It comes from the Ancient Greek words “hippos” and “phaos”. The meaning? Simple – “shining horse,” referring to the radiant effect the berries had on his horses.
Theophrastus, a student of Aristotle, led botanical surveys of plants which showed nourishing qualities, as well as medicinal uses. He mentioned the healing properties of sea buckthorn in the fourth century BC. Furthermore, Pedanius Dioscorides, the ancient Greek father of Pharmacology, also reported on the advantages of sea buckthorn. In his 5-volume pharmacological encyclopedia De Materia Medica, he talks about these berries as a potent medicine.
While vitamin-packed berries were used widely throughout the antique Greek world, people almost don’t know about them today. And imagine, they are also Keto friendly since the content of carbs is minimal.
Keto Biscuits that taste and look attractive
Yes, we have published so many recipes incorporating dried berries or juice. But this time we are going a step further! The edible oil that’s extracted from the berries is used as a supplement. We are using it raw on each biscuit and we are making them look even more artistic. It might not be something that you can find easily. However, if you order the oil online, you will find out that the benefits are equally valuable for consumption and applying it to your skin.
Let’s just explore the recipe and get inspired by ancient Greek philosophers while being a Keto baker!
Greek philosophers Keto biscuitsCourse: Keto dessertCuisine: Keto MediterraneanDifficulty: Easy
4 medium eggs
200g (7 oz) sheep or goat strained yoghurt
4 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp monk fruit extract powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp ground flaxseed or powdered psyllium husk
60g (2 oz) dried sea buckthorn berries
100g coconut flour (or any Keto-friendly flour of your choice)
1/2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
1 tbsp grated lemon or orange zest
1/2 tsp ground clove
1 tbsp oil of sea buckthorn fruit
2 tbsp almond flakes (or hazelnut)
1 egg white
- Mix yoghurt, olive oil, eggs, sweetener and all the spices with a whisk.
- Add the dry ingredients and dried berries and mix with your hands. Leave the dough in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
- Grease your hands with olive or coconut oil. Create small balls (approximately 24 pieces) and then press them between your palms to shape them into discs. Place the biscuits on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Beat the egg white a bit and then using a brush apply it to each biscuit. Sprinkle with almond or hazelnut flakes.
- Bake in the oven for 17-20 minutes at 180ºC (350ºF)
- When the biscuits are baked and cooled, place a drop of sea buckthorn berry oil on each of them.
- Keep them at room temperature in a glass container and consume them within 3 days. If you decide to keep them in the refrigerator, then you can use them for up to 7 days, but make sure your container is well sealed.
- You can play with the spices, I added some red peppercorn to some of the biscuits and they were delicious.