Hazelnut Chocolate Halloween Cookies

It’s National Chocolate Day. And it’s almost Halloween. So that calls for these nutty (tasting and looking!) textured cookies that are sure to please everyone. They are a healthier option to your standard chocolate cookie because almonds and hazelnuts are high in protein, healthy fats and fibre along with vitamin E, B vitamins, iron, calcium and magnesium. You can also adjust the sweetness to your preferred taste — I went light on the sweetness but feel free to add a little more if your sweet tooth is calling your name.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (100 g) hazelnut meal
  • 1 cup (150 g) whole almond meal (skins included – optional)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 6 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 4 – 6 tbsp honey or rice malt
  • 6 dates, pitted and chopped (you can also use goji berries, dried cranberries, and raisins to make fun faces for Halloween)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325F or 150C.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl: hazelnut meal, almond meal, baking soda, cacao powder, cinnamon, salt. Mix well. Note: It’s best to sift the nut meals to avoid lumps.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients in another bowl: coconut oil, honey, vanilla. Stir to mix well.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well to combine, until evenly coated.
  5. Spoon out teaspoon sized balls onto a lined or greased baking pan then press with baking paper or a fork.
  6. Since it’s Halloween you can get creative and make monsters with dried cranberries, raisins, dates or goji berries, or keep them simple.
  7. Bake in the oven for 12 – 15 minutes then let cool. Serve or store in the fridge in an air-tight container until ready to enjoy.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 12

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Substitutions

  • Nut meal – interchange with any nut meal you desire such as brazil nuts, pecans or walnuts
  • Cacao – carob
  • Dates – raisins, currants, sultanas
  • Honey, Rice Malt – maple syrup