Possibly 2 of my favourite ‘edible’ words — and who’d have thought chocolate and biscotti would be synonymous with a healthy cookie?

Chocolate, rich in flavonoids, contributes to a healthy heart and is also claimed to increase our serotonin levels, which is our ‘feel good’ factor. The recipe calls unsweetened cocao powder which is the healthier form of cocoa, or unsweetened chocolate, powder, as it is raw and unprocessed.

Biscotti simply means ‘twice baked’, resulting in a very crunchy texture, without the necessity of having to use extra added fat.

The recipe calls for coconut oil which brings a subtle sweet flavour – coconut oil is a medium chain saturated fat, which helps protect against heart disease, contrary to previous belief. Nuts, especially hazelnuts, work really well in this recipe, but to keep the biscotti kid-friendly (nut-free) for parties, you can use unsweetened cranberries instead. These add a nice chewy texture for a change, which complements well with the overall crunchiness of the cookie.

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

2/3 cup unsweetened cocao powder

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 cup raw unrefined sugar

1/4 cup raw unrefined coconut oil

2 eggs

1/3 cup unsweetened cranberries

 

Directions

1. Combine first 5 ingredients in one bowl

2. Mix the sugar and coconut oil in another. Beat in eggs

3. Add in flour mixture until combined

4. Fold in cranberries

5. Shape mixture on a lightly floured surface into 2 10-inch flattened logs.

6. Transfer to a baking sheet placed on a baking tray, and bake @ 180c degrees for 30 minutes

7. Let cool on wire rack, then cut each log into biscotti slices

8. Transfer back to baking sheets and bake for 10 minutes; turn over, bake for another 10 minutes

9. Once cooled, enjoy or store in an airtight container.

As with all recipes, it’s fun to make your own substitutions to suit tastes or to cater for food intolerances. With their rich chocolate flavour, these make great party or gift items — now, you simply need to learn the creative art of gift wrapping!

 

Photo credits to @scawtee via Twenty20

Liza Rowan

Holistic Nutritionist

When not not busy in my favourite role as mother to my two boys,  I dedicate my time to educate, motivate and inspire us all to lead healthier, happier lives. This involves hosting Nutrition courses (in-class and online), corporate wellness talks, workshops and when I have time, private consultations.

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