When I realised I'd been making my hazelnut and pistachio cookies every day for a week I knew it was time for a change! And what better addition than chocolate?! This double choc chip version is SUPER scrummy, is packed with heart healthy fats and protein so a real winner for kids and adults alike.
A few other reasons I love this recipe?
- You need 1 bowl and 1 saucepan to make it. Awesome.
- It's dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free AND gluten free. I know!
- It takes 10 mins to prep and 10 mins to bake. Winner.
I just love no-guilt treats like this, don't you?!
Double Choc Chip Hazelnut Cookies
Makes 15-20 cookies
- 2 cups ground almonds
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 65g coconut oil, melted
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup roasted hazelnuts (or use raw and roast them yourself for 10 mins in the oven and remove as many of the skins as you can by rubbing them in kitchen towel)
- 2 tbsp cacao nibs (or dark chocolate chips)
- Pre heat the oven to 200 degrees C (180 C fan oven)
- Mix the ground almond, cacao and baking powder in one bowl
- In a small saucepan melt your coconut oil then mix in the maple syrup and vanilla extract well
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined
- Fold in your roasted hazelnut (I like to pop these in a sandwich bag then bash them into smaller pieces with a rolling pin - very therapeutic as well!) and cacao nibs until evenly spread through the mixture
- Using a tablespoon take a large dollop of the mixture, roll into a ball then flatten between the palms of your hands and pop onto a lined baking tray, and repeat until all the mixture’s been used
- TIP: This process of rolling into a ball and then flattening is recommended as I find it makes the middles nice and gooey. If you just dollop the mix straight onto the baking tray you don't see to get this, but it depends how you like them. Let me know in the comments if you find another way to bake them!
- Cook for 10-15 minutes until they start to brown around the edges
- Leave to cool before serving/ scoffing the lot
Abi Manders is a mum, health coach, yoga teacher, business woman and complete and utter foodie. In a previous life Abi ran global corporate events, operated at a million miles an hour and used yoga to find balance in this crazy world we live in. Since having her little boy and studying with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, her journey has veered towards a healthier way of living. Abi believes we all have the power to heal ourselves, and that one step at a time we can make small changes to our diets and lifestyle that will have big effects on our health and happiness.