I don’t bake very often but when I fancy a treat, I try to consider an option where I can include some healthy ingredients whilst still feeling as though I’ve had a treat. The good news is that it’s not difficult to achieve this and these divine Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies are one of my favourites! With so many nutritious ingredients, you’re really ensuring it’s a healthy treat. If you’re avoiding gluten, there is no need to head to the speciality aisles in the supermarket when simply using a different grain flour, such as Buckwheat flour, will be a perfectly good alternative.
150gDouble Creamor Coconut cream for Dairy-Free option
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
Combine the cookie ingredients in a bowl and mix well to form a firm mixture.
Take a teaspoon of the mixture at a time and roll it into a ball, before flattening slightly on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper or a silicone baking sheet.
Bake for 15mins until they are golden and crisp.
To make the chocolate spread
In a food processor, chop the dark chocolate to a fine powder. Transfer to a saucepan and add the double cream. Heat over a VERY gentle heat until the chocolate has melted. Do not let it boil. Add the ground hazelnuts and mix well.
Spread a teaspoon of the chocolate filling on one cookie and top with one whole hazelnut.
[You can make the biscuits in advance and store in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Top with the chocolate spread when you want to serve them]
TIP: If you own a Thermomix cooking machine, you can make the Buckwheat Flour and the ground hazelnuts from the original grain and whole hazelnuts. Blitz each for 5 seconds/Speed 10.