Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

While I LOVE Nutella and cookies {preferably both at the same time}, the sugar content is off the charts. Since adopting a healthy lifestyle and losing 14 kilos, they no longer make it in my cupboard. These cookies are my healthy take to satisfy both cravings. Deliciously soft, gooey and packed of all-natural ingredients, there’s no food coma waiting for you at the end. In addition, they are sugar, dairy free and gluten free, so they won’t hurt your waistline either. The perfect accompaniment to a hot mug of tea, or if you’re up for a little indulgence, a glass of homemade chocolate almond milk.

Recipe

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SERVES: 8

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup hazelnut meal
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 ½ tablespoons stevia (I use Natvia)
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (melted)
  • pinch Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 heaped tablespoon natural hazelnut butter (or other nut/seed butter)
  • 10 hazelnuts, chopped
  • 40g sugar-free dark chocolate, chopped

METHOD:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180º.
  2. In a bowl, combine hazelnut meal, stevia, baking powder and salt.
  3. Add eggs, nut butter and coconut oil, then mix thoroughly until well combined.
  4. Add the chopped hazelnuts and dark chocolate to the dough.
  5. Split dough into 8 equal parts, roll into balls and press down onto a pre-lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes for soft cookies, 25 minutes for crunchy.
  7. Allow to cool before devouring with gusto.

Sally O'Neil - Editor in Chief

Sal is on a mission to prove that healthy and nutritious doesn’t have to be boring – and that even while staying in shape you can have your cake and eat it too. After losing 14kg from adopting a healthier lifestyle, she shares her journey with others on The Fit Foodie Blog. She also writes for national health magazines, has launched a range of Protein Ball Mixes: Fit Mixes, and is the author of Love Move Eat (Bauer Media, 2017).

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