Gluten-free Vegan Chocolate Chip Hazelnut and Tahini Sesame Cookies
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Chocolate, tahini and ground hazelnuts with other good for you ingredients all combine to make these yummy cookies! Falling somewhere between a cookie and a biscuit, they hold their shape well and have a great crunch.
They're gluten free, refined sugar free, dairy free, egg free and guilt free!
75g fine ground hazelnuts, (or almond flour)
45g gluten-free oat flour
20g raw cacao powder
¼ tsp bicarbonate soda
¼ tsp sea salt
20g dark chocolate chips (optional)
100g dark tahini paste
4 Tbsp Greek honey (or maple syrup for vegan)
½ tsp vanilla powder/paste/pextract
5 Tbsp sesame seeds
Preheat the oven to 180ºC and line a baking tray with baking paper.
In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.
In another bowl, whisk together all the wet ingredients until well combined.
Add the the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon.
Shape the cookie dough into a ball, roll it in the sesame seeds and place it onto a baking sheet. With a rolling pin or the flat bottom of a glass, gently press the cookie balls until it’s about 8mm (1/3") thick.
Repeat with the rest of the cookie dough.
Bake the cookies for about 8-10 minutes, they will harden as they cool.
Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes, before transfering to a cooling rack.
Stored correctly in an air tight container, they will keep for 7-10days.
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Hazelnuts - packed with nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidant compounds and healthy fats. They may also help decrease blood fat levels, regulating blood pressure, reducing inflammation and improving blood sugar levels. (Source)
Gluten-free oat flour - are a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants. Oats are high in the soluble fibre beta-glucan, which helps reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels and promotes healthy gut bacteria. (Source)
Cocoa/Cacao powder - is rich in plant poly-phenols, specifically flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties and contains minerals including iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. (Source)
Dark chocolate 75-85% Cacao - has a wide variety of powerful antioxidants and is rich in fibre, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese and other minerals. (Source)
Tahini sesame paste - is full of healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. It’s also rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which may help reduce risk factors for heart disease and protecting brain health. (Source)
Sesame seeds - Rich source of B vitamins that boost energy and brain function, vitamin E, which is protective against heart disease and stroke, and important minerals, such as magnesium, iron and calcium. (Source)
Greek honey - is nutritionally dense and filled with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. (Source)
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Disclaimer: None of the health benefits listed are intended to diagnose or treat any pre-existing health conditions. Always consult a health care practitioner before making any health decisions. The benefits listed are from my own research and personal interest, and encourage you to follow the Source and do further research.