Sunday, November 18, 2012

GF ANZAC's and Chocolate Makes You Smart

Gluten free coconut oat (ANZAC) cookies

I hope your weekend was better than mine which was pretty uneventful, revolving around eating, working and watching videos. Few days ago I posted a recipe for sugar free, butter free and egg free cookies. This time it is a flour less cookie. It is also gluten free but please double check the ingredients just to make sure. I adopted the recipe for ANZAC cookies, replacing flour with oat flour. Its that simple. The gluten free coconut oat (ANZAC) cookies were light, crispy, chewy and very delicate. It had to be handled with extreme care. The recipe is available here.

Gluten free coconut oat (ANZAC) cookies

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Source: BBC
A recent study by Franz Messerli of Colombia University suggests that eating more chocolate improves a nation's chances of producing Nobel Prize winners. Messerli compared the number of Nobel Prize winners in a country with the country’s chocolate consumption. 

The chart shows a close relationship between chocolate consumption and number of Nobel prize laureates per capita. Switzerland leads the pack, while Sweden has a high number of Nobel laureates but lower chocolate consumption. Messerli’s explanation is that "The Nobel prize obviously is donated or evaluated in Sweden [apart from the Peace Prize] so I thought that the Swedes might have a slightly patriotic bias.” “Or the other option is that the Swedes are excessively sensitive and only small amounts stimulate greatly their intelligence, so that might be the reason that they have so many Nobel Prize laureates."

Christopher Pissarides from the London School of Economics won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2010. Since he was young he ate chocolate on a daily basis. He says "To win a Nobel Prize you have to produce something that others haven't thought about - chocolate that makes you feel good might contribute a little bit. Of course it's not the main factor but... anything that contributes to a better life and a better outlook in your life then contributes to the quality of your work."

It is interesting to see that most of the top chocolate consuming countries do not grow cocoa, and the leading growers do not appear on the list. Perhaps chocolate is exported to countries where consumers have the ability to pay? Or other factors contribute towards winning a Nobel Prize.

You decide whether eating chocolate makes you more intelligent or not. This could be simply data mining, using all sorts of statistics to find relationships. For example we can see that the top countries are in Europe, and Northern Europe is over-represented. Mulled wine is more common in these countries than elsewhere in the world. Maybe drinking mulled wine makes you smarter? These countries are also colder than most other countries – perhaps cold makes you think harder? If its cold you are less likely to be running around outside, instead you are indoors working? I am not trying to discourage you from eating chocolates but don't be disappointed if you eat chocolates and don't win the Nobel Prize.


  1. Hehe I suspect that most people are just happy to read that chocolate makes you smart! :D They may not read why but the headline is enough to make their day (me included) :P

  2. Yeah .... I'm just totally focused on that one sentence ... eating chocolate makes one smart. Who cares what the rest of the article says :)
    Noticed the header change ... I liked your 3 cookie logo.
    Coconut anzacs .... yum!

    1. Thats a very smart thing to do - focus on the conclusion:) Must be the chocolates you have been eating!!!
      Thanks, the header is work in progress.

  3. Since you infected me with the ANZAC biscuits virus, quite a long time ago, I have been preparing them all the time. (I think I will make some tonight!), so I'm very glad to discover another equally tempting version. I have to buy some oat flour and try them because they sound amazing (you say they are crunchier and more delicate??? I'm already a fan!).
    I like a lot your new header (more modern) although I miss the logo too, like Ping. I must change mine soon, I also think of something more serious and modern (I have been trying to find an idea for the last several months...).
    The study would be more interesting (and less funny) if it was more accurate. I wonder if they counted the kg of any chocolate or of pure cacao solids. Good quality chocolate, with a high % of cocoa has many healthy sides, but most commercial chocolate contains lots of palm oil and a very small amount of cocoa. Swiss chocolate (even the commercial one) is usually quite good quality (actually there is one commercial brand I love, their quality and cocoa content is higher than Lindt's and of course slightly less expensive).

    1. Yes that ANZAC biscuit virus is quite contagious, and there is no antivirus for it:) Some viruses are good, this is one of them!
      As you saw in the recipe you don't need to buy oat flour, easy to make your own. You did mention wanting a flour less cookie few days ago, here it is!
      I wondered also whether the research included cocoa powder etc. I hope so otherwise it would be quite inaccurate. Lots of brownies, chocolate balls etc are eaten in Sweden and they contain lot of cocoa...

  4. I have heard of ANZAC cookies once before...hmm and one anyone can eat. Yes I am very very smart because I eat a lot of chocolate!

  5. We don't have Anzac here and I do have lots of cooking chocolates in my fridge now and of course we have plenty of coconuts:D Thanks for sharing, will try this recipe too, looks delicious!

  6. Heck yeah chocolate! I didn't get a university medal from eating spinach!