Sunday, 25 March 2012

Grain Free Chocolate Chip and Hazelnut Cookies GF


Before embarking on my present day gluten-free diet, my favourite cookies were Maryland Cookies especially the Chocolate Chip and Hazelnut ones. Armed with the knowledge I have today, I understand why I could munch my way through almost a whole packet in one sitting, sugar is addictive.
Made with ground almonds, dessicated coconut and hazelnuts and a natural sweetener, these moreish cookies are packed full of nutrients. Try to choose the darkest chocolate you can find, in these I used 70% dark chocolate drops but you can use any chocolate chopped into chunks, in fact this recipe is ideal for using leftover odd pieces of chocolate.

Chocolate Chip and Hazelnut Cookies GF (Makes about 12)

110g ground almonds
15g organic dessicated coconut (no sweetener added)
35 - 40g dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs
25g hazelnuts
60ml honey or maple syrup
40ml extra virgin olive oil
2 tsps pure vanilla extract (alcohol, water and vanilla only)
¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
pinch of salt

Set the oven to  150°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Measure out the ground almonds and dessicated coconut into a bowl. Add the bicarbonate of soda and salt and whisk well with a balloon whisk or fork. To roast the hazelnuts, heat a pan over a low light, add the nuts and roast for a couple of minutes, shaking the pan regularly, until slightly browned.


Pour into a processor and chop but not too finely.


Add to the dry ingredients. Measure out the chocolate chips.


Mix all the dry ingredients together with a whisk or a fork.


Measure out the extra virgin olive oil, honey and pure vanilla extract into another bowl and mix well.


Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until it forms the dough.


Take walnut size pieces of the dough and place on the baking tray leaving room for them to spread. Press down and shape with your fingers.


Bake in the bottom of the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes until golden. Leave to cool on the tray.



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31 comments:

  1. Hello dear Vicky! These cookies look and sound delicious! Even though I strictly follow the SCD I recently found that a very little of cacao nibs and cacao powder haven't bothered me. I like to blend them into an organic dairy free smoothie I make with pecan butter, coconut butter, frozen bananas and vanilla. It tastes like a chocolate milkshake!

    I will have to try these with the cacao nibs to avoid the sugar. Love your beautiful photos too!

    xo~ Paula

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  2. Hi Paula! Thank you for visiting my page! It's great that you have found that cacao doesn't cause you problems and it's great that you can make these cookies!

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  3. Hazelnut and chocolate are so amazing together and then add in the fact that they are grain-free and it makes this recipe FABULOUS! I am really excited to try these cookies.

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  4. Thank you Laura! I can't really tell the difference between these ones and regular cookies, I'm so used to them now!

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  5. Hi Vicky,

    These look incredible! I have to say, I love using hazelnuts. They are great and softer than almonds (at least that's my experience). I have every single ingredient in my kitchen, why not make them tonight. I made your hot cross buns again tonight for dinner. Sooo good! I'm addicted. I've also found that grinding almonds in the Ninja blender creates a finer meal (than a food processor) so I can make more buns and rolls.

    Hugs,
    --Amber

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  6. Thank you Amber! Sooo pleased you like the Hot Cross Buns! I'm lucky to be able to buy my almonds already very finely ground from a company in the UK who import the nuts. They're always very fresh!
    I find that roasting the hazelnuts really brings out their flavour - a step not to be missed in this recipe!

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  7. This are awesome cookies. I wish I could have a couple to have with my afternoon tea, yum! Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  8. We must both be thinking about hazelnuts this week - I posted a cake with them! Your cookies sound amazing - and it's wonderful they are grain free. I think you really have gotten as close to a healthy cookie as anyone can! Plus they sound so delicious.

    We adore Hotel Chocolat- there is nothing else like it. My son keeps suggesting I might like to go there to shop for Easter eggs again. I have been going there for the last couple of years for Easter shopping, and they seem to keep getting better!

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  9. MMM! Hazelnuts and chocolate...I am in! Thanks for sharing with us of Allergy Free Wednesdays this week, don;t forget to link back to the party for a chance at being featured!

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  10. Ella - Thank you for visiting and I love your blog!

    Miz Helen - Thank you! They're also nice for breakfast!

    APril - your cake looks awesome, I've started to cook with oil instead of butter for two reasons, firstly I don't need to use as much fat and secondly, my daughter has adopted a dairy free diet again for health reasons (she was allergic as a baby). I totally agree about Hotel Chocolat ..isn't it nice to be offered a piece from a platter when you walk into the shop?

    Tessa - So sorry to miss the link, it's all fixed now! And, yes! hazelnuts and chocolate were made for each other! Thank you for visiting!

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  11. These look incredible! I think I will give this recipe a try this weekend.My kids have been complaining that I haven't been making enough sweets for them since I gave up sugar. :) I appreciate that it is dairy-free too as my oldest son cannot have any dairy.

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  12. Thanks Alea, they don't take long to make at all and they suit my family - no eggs and no dairy - we can all eat them!

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  13. Hi Vicky, Thanks for visiting my blog, so that now I can discover yours. I am looking forward to looking at all of the recipes! The cookies look delicious!

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  14. Hi Jo! Thank you and no problem - I loved reading some of your posts!

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  15. Hi sweet Vicky, Thank you so much! I can hardly wait to make these cookies! xo~ Paula... I am glad you can have chocolate too!

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  16. Paula, do you eat chocolate and still keep well? I don't have to follow the SCD, it's my son who is on the diet. I'm on a gluten free diet so I don't recommend these for people following the SCD although I have read that several people can eat cocoa now and again without any problems.

    You can always make them without the chocolate and add extra nuts or dried fruit, they will still work!

    Thank you for your comments!

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  17. Looks delicious! Thanks for linking up to Healthy 2Day Wednesday....hope to see you back next week! :)

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  18. these cookies look so chewy and perfect! love all the nuts and coconut in them

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  19. Thanks Richa, we love them! The recipe as it is makes a fairly crisp cookie BUT if you use 100g ground almonds and 25 g dessicated coconut and cook for 15 minutes until JUST golden they are quite soft and chewy!

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  20. Vicky, I'm thinking I could make a version of these using hazelnut flour that I have on hand versus hazelnuts. I might still toast the hazelnut flour briefly though. I think my support group would love these, so I hope I get to them tomorrow. :-)

    Thanks!
    Shirley

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  21. Shirley, your support group will love them, I'm sure! You may need to reduce the almond flour a little perhaps if you're adding a flour as opposed to just the nuts but I'm sure you will have worked that one out!

    Looking forward to seeing your version!

    Vicky x

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  22. Vicky, I have a confession ... I didn't get to make these cookies for my support group, but I did make them this morning to share with my co-workers. They love them as much as I do! :-) Yesterday I was getting ready to figure out your recipe (I still use cups vs grams) when I got a call from a group member that turned into a long one and afterwards I simply didn't have time to make your recipe before the meeting. (You should see my "to do" list before each meeting! LOL, but true.) But making them this morning, I did my conversions, tweaking to make them chewier, adding more of ingredients by sight, etc., and they came out terrific. I doubled the recipe and made it as drop cookies, so they are much larger than yours, but next time if it's just for Mr. GFE and me, I'll form the dough into balls and make the original size batch. ;-) Thanks for a great recipe! As I said on Facebook, they remind me of Caveman Cookies and having a homemade version of those is a real treat. :-)

    Shirley

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  23. I'm so pleased you made them and were able to adapt them! I've made a similar recipe with spices and a bit of lemon juice which is also on my blog and they are my family's favourite!

    My daughter-in-law brought me a lovely set of cups back when they visited (they live in Canada) and I can use them for most of the recipes I find. I've made a few conversions as I've been cooking and put them in a tab at the top of my blog. I must remember to do more!

    I love my digital scales and they weren't expensive but I've always cooked using scales (it's a British thing!)

    Most of The Caveman Cookie look SCD legal - how lucky you are to be able to buy those - we have nothing like them in the UK.

    Once more, thank you for making the cookies, I hope you will share your recipe they look lovely!

    Vicky x

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  24. made these to go with a nice cup of coffee and they are simply delicious!! thank you so much for sharing. off for another one ;)

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    1. Thank you Joolz! I make them often! If you make them with raisins instead of choc chips they become SCD legal!

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  25. The link to the chocolate chips says they dont carry chocolate chips.... do you have a specific link that will take you right to it

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    1. Hi Jenna - I've changed the link now - they must have changed the website - thanks for pointing it out! I must get some more too!

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  26. this recipe is amazing! I actually make the cookies into bars to save time and they are my husband's fave! Thanks for sharing :)

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  27. I made these tasty cookies today & loved them nibbling with my café latte! :)

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