Recipe

Dairy-free hazelnut and cacao cookies

With chia seeds for extra protein and crunch, these healthy cookies won't disappoint when it comes to flavour.

  • 15 mins preparation
  • 15 mins cooking
  • Makes 16
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We've used rice malt syrup and dates to sweetened these delicious refined sugar-free treats.

Ingredients

Sugar-free cacao and hazelnut cookies
  • 1/2 cup (80g) firmly packed fresh dates, pitted
  • 2 cup (200g) ground hazelnuts
  • 1 1/2 cup (225g) wholemeal spelt flour
  • 1/4 cup (50g) chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch sea salt flakes
  • 1/4 cup (50g) virgin coconut oil, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (170g) rice malt syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (50g) cacao nibs

Method

Sugar-free cacao and hazelnut cookies
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 160°C. Line two oven trays with baking paper.
  • 2
    Place dates in a small heatproof bowl, cover with boiling water; stand 5 minutes. Drain.
  • 3
    Process dates, ground hazelnuts, flour, chia seeds, cinnamon, salt, oil, syrup, egg and extract until well combined. Stir in cacao nibs.
  • 4
    Using damp hands, roll rounded tablespoons of the mixture into balls, place on trays; flatten with the palm of your hand into 6cm (2½-inch) rounds. Using the back of a damp fork, mark each cookie. Bake 15 minutes or until cookies can be gently pushed without breaking. Cool on trays.

Notes

Cacao nibs are the least processed of all cocoa products. The cocoa beans are roasted before the outer shells are cracked and removed. The resultant pieces of the bean are the
cocoa nibs. They are both textural and chocolatey,
with no sweetness, and are available from health food stores as well as specialist food stores.

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