Indy Power: Vegan Hazelnut Brownie Cookies
Enjoy the best of both with this vegan cookie brownie hybrid.
Hazelnut Brownie Cookies
I know it's January but I don't think any month should be devoid of chocolate. These are like a hazelnut brownie cookie hybrid (hence the name) and they're just so good they're hard to describe. Don't touch them until they've cooled and set - they'll end up with the best fudge texture so it's really worth it, I promise.
Gluten-free & vegan
80g solid coconut oil
140g coconut sugar
100g cashew butter
45g cacao powder
80g buckwheat flour
Pinch sea salt
50g dark vegan chocolate
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
2. Add the coconut oil, coconut sugar and cashew butter to your food processor and blend on high until it comes together.
3. Add in the cacao powder, buckwheat flour and a pinch of sea salt and blend well until it comes together into a dough.
4. Take about a tenth of the cookie mixture and roll it into a ball. Then shape it into a cookie shape on a lined baking sheet. Repeat with all the cookies.
5. Pop them in the oven to bake for about 10 minutes. At the same time, on another tray, roast the hazelnuts until golden, about 8 minutes.
6. Take them both out and leave the cookies to cool on the tray for about 20 minutes before touching them.
7. Melt the chocolate and finely chop the roasted hazelnuts. Drizzle the chocolate over them and sprinkle on the chopped hazelnuts.
If you've got leftover hazelnuts from this recipe why not make your own nut butter? I make mixed nut butter all the time that's just a combination of whatever half-empty bags of nuts I have.
Here are my two top tips for runny nut butter:
1. Roast your nuts first - no oil, just straight in the pan at 180°C until golden and toasted (6-12 minutes depending on the nut).
2. Just keep going! A good machine helps a lot (I use a Vitamix), but any decent food processor will work, it just might take a while. The more you blend, the runnier it will be so don't lose faith and when you think it's ready, blend it even more.
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