Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These walnut chocolate chunk cookies are gluten-free, low in sugar, and will add to your dose of omega-3! The resulting texture is a cross between a soft-chewy cookie and an amaretti cookie. I was originally inspired by Chocolate Covered Katie’s vegan recipe but used walnut flour to boost the protein and reduce the carbs. If you preferred to keep it vegan, you could also replace the egg with oil and milk as Katie does.

Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Makes 20 cookies

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups walnuts

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ cup coconut sugar

1 egg, whisked

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

100g 70% dark chocolate, roughly chopped

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Line a 39x27cm cookie tray with baking paper.
  3. Process 2 cups of the walnuts, baking, and salt in a food processor until the walnuts are finely ground.
  4. Tip the walnut mix into a large mixing bowl and add the sugar, egg, and vanilla essence. Blend until incorporated.
  5. Stir in chocolate pieces.
  6. Shape cookies from the dough: Begin by shaping one tablespoon of dough into a ball and flatten to about half a centimetre on your lined cookie tray. At this point, if the mixture is looking a bit wet, add in more ground walnuts bit by bit until you get a drier consistency. Continue shaping cookies from the dough until finished.
  7. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cookies are browned to your liking.
  8. Transfer to a tray and cool.
  9. Enjoy!

 

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

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Many (good) gluten-free recipes require expensive almond meal, quality gluten-free flour, or a myriad of ingredients like brown rice flour, sorghum flour, xanthan gum, potato starch … not ingredients found in your average kitchen pantry!

So when the request came to make a gluten-free treat, I turned to this peanut butter cookie recipe from Joy the Baker’s blog. With my own addition of dark chocolate chunks, this recipe uses only six ingredients: peanut butter, brown sugar, white sugar, an egg, baking soda, and chocolate.

They taste delicious – and you can’t even tell they’re gluten-free!

Recipe: http://joythebaker.com/2009/04/flourless-peanut-butter-cookies/

 

Peanut Butter Cookies – with Manuka Honey

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Preparing for a weekend away always involves baking treats to share. For this last trip, I decided on peanut butter cookies (with chocolate of course!). I used Curtis Stones’ recipe, which also includes honey (I used Manuka).

The result was a melt-in-your-mouth, moorish cookie – with a luxurious top note of honey. The hint of honey sets the recipe apart from your standard cookie recipe and really does finish the cookie off. I’ll be using this recipe again!

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Recipe: Peanut butter cookies with chocolate chunks