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Raw chocolate hazelnut bars

It's 'Sugar Free September' and i've been busy keeping you posted with tips and tricks for a sugar free life over on my Facebook and Instagram. Here's what you might have missed so far... (click to enlarge)

So, I figured you'd be needing a simple little sugar free hit to help you on your way- yes??

Well I'd better not disappoint!  

I used some hazelnut butter than I found buried way in my baking box- delicious- like eating fererro rocher! If you are not a fan of hazelnut... try these choc-orange goji bites- they've been a big hit with readers and my family!

In other news I took part in a health and healing fair today... I had a stand with my Wholeplus foodie bits as well as my health coaching info with upcoming talks and seminars.  The guy next to me is my awesome friend and also my personal trainer Toby Channon who shared my stand, he also shares the love of plant based nutrition (we have epically long conversations on the topic!) and he posts some good stuff- some serious and some funny, on his Facebook page and his blog if you fancy a mooch over there.

I also gave a talk on going sugar free at the event which went down well.... I really love inspiring people when it comes to healthy indulgent nutrition. 

Apologies for the photo quality, my dad took it with a camera phone and the lighting was not ideal!

Apologies for the photo quality, my dad took it with a camera phone and the lighting was not ideal!

On that note... go and make these right now!! ;-)

 

Recipe: Raw chocolate hazelnut bars 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups packed dates
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut or ground almonds or hazelnuts*
  • ½ cup oatmeal*
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 2 tbs hazelnut butter
  • 1 tsp hazelnut extract
  • ½ cup roasted hazelnuts

Method:

Roast the hazelnuts for 5 minutes to lightly toast for best flavour (if not pre-roasted). Meanwhile blend all remaining ingredients in a food processor until you have a slightly sticky well blended mix.

Press mix firmly into a small (approx 9” square) pan lined with parchment for easy removal. Press the roasted hazelnuts into the mix and chill for min. 1 hour before slicing into squares or as desired.

You could also roll these into small balls with a hazelnut in the centre of each.

These also frees well, and keeping the fridge for ages... a good excuse to make a big batch!

 

*I didn’t have enough hazelnuts to use ground hazelnuts so used coconut instead. If you use roasted hazel nuts here you may be able to omit the hazelnut butter and/or the extract. Instead of oats, ground buckwheat or more ground nuts could work.

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Flourless Ferrero Rocher cookies!

I have one more Christmassy recipe planned for next week... it's a super simple 'gifting' recipe.

BUT these are cookies you wont want to give away!  The easiest ever flour-less cookies in my opinion and they are based on the concept I came up with when creating these cranberry almond cookies for the Real Food Source (also available in their free Christmas e-book).

The 'original' almond-cranberry cookies

The 'original' almond-cranberry cookies

The chocolate hazelnut version is just as good- or better is you are a chocoholic like me! I had come across some hazlenut butter i'd forgotten I had so the idea for a variation on the cookies presented itself just like that. I added some cranberries but you could omit these for a purer 'ferrero' flavour- or add some kind of rice crisp or wafer element for a more genuine Ferrero Rocher style creation!

Make sure you keep the nuts nice and chunky (whole hazelnuts) for a thick and chewy texture and also mix them through the batter rather than pressing on top- the texture is just so much better for some reason! These rare not crispy cookies but soft and chewy cookies. They do have a high 'fat' content form all the nuts... but it's basically the same thing as eating a small handful or dried fruit and nut mix and that's healthy (in moderation) right? 

One again this cookie format throw the door wide for your own interpretation- use the nut butter plus mix-ins of your choice, or why not try the original almond version.  Go go go... create... eat... and be merry! 

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Recipe: Flourless Ferrero Rocher cookies!

Makes approx 8 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 100g hazelnut butter
  • 20g coconut sugar dissolved in 30g boiling water
  • 40g cranberries/cherries
  • 60g hazelnuts
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Method:

Just mix it all together well adding the nuts and fruit last.

Dollop the mixture onto a lined baking sheet, it will spread a little whilst cooking.

Bake for 10-15 minutes at 180C Make sure you catch them as they gone nicely golden but before the nuts brown too much.

These cookies store pretty well, they get chewier each day so it just depends on your preference how quickly you eat them! I haven't tried freezing them.

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