Just a quick post because I promised you the recipe for these last week after my first Healthy Baking with Chocolate workshop. I am in the middle of writing (and editing heavily) a speech on the relationship between food and health, particularly cancer, for the Marbella Women’s Week conference next week.
I say I. I mean we. Actually he is doing an awful lot of the editing and an awful lot of adding bits in too. It’s only a ten minute talk. I need to focus. So instead I’m writing about cookies.
Now I’m not saying you should eat these every day or anything but compared to most cookies these are much healthier.They are made with olive oil instead of butter. I use honey and maple syrup (or miel de cana) instead of sugar and the wholemeal spelt flour gives them a lovely flavour.
It’s Mother’s Day in the UK tomorrow so these are for my mum. She loves a biscuit with a cup of tea. They probably have too many bits in for her taste but it’s the thought that counts and I’ve ordered flowers in colours that match her lounge cushions and curtains so I should be safe. She does love it when things match.
Wholemeal Chocolate Chunk & Hazelnut Cookies Recipe
Makes 10-12 cookies. Vegan, wheat-free.
- 150 g wholemeal spelt flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 4 Tbsp maple syrup or miel de cana
- 1 Tbsp honey or agave syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- a few drops of almond extract (optional)
- 4 Tbsp olive oil
- about 70 g 70% dark chocolate, roughly chopped
- 60 g hazelnuts or almonds roughly chopped
Preheat oven 175 C. Line a baking sheet with baking paper
In a bowl mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nuts and chocolate together well.
In a jug whisk together the oil, maple syrup/miel de cana, honey/agave, vanilla and almond extract, if using. Pour this into the flour bowl and gently mix together until just combined.
Take a tablespoon of the mix and put it on the lined tray, pressing it down slightly with your fingers. Continue with the rest of the mix leaving an inch or so in between each so they can spread. Bake for 11 minutes until just golden, leave on the tray for 1 minute then remove to a wire rack to cool. This stops them drying out. Store in an airtight container.
Happy Mother’s Day Mum!
Now back to the speech…