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Teff Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

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Teff Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

DELICIOUS GLUTEN-FREE CHOCOLATE COOKIES

Are you a cookie lover? I most certainly am. So much that I don’t make them very often because once I start eating them, I can’t stop.  That’s why,  whenever I am making cookies, I always stick with healthy and wholesome ingredients.

These cookies are high in protein, high in fiber, so easy to make, and seriously addictive.  What makes them great is the combination of nutrient-rich teff flour and an intense nutty flavor of roasted hazelnuts. It’s a match made in heaven. They are very tasty and will certainly make you come back for more.

You can have them for breakfast with a glass of plant-based milk or a cup of coffee. They are also perfect as a healthy snack or as an afternoon pick-me-up.  Also, they are gluten-free, vegan, and soy-free.

Teff Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

MEET THE KEY INGREDIENTS

These cookies are made with highly nutritious teff flour, roasted hazelnuts, cacao powder, and coconut cream. They are sweetened with coconut sugar.

Hazelnuts are roasted (check How to roast hazelnuts) because roasting makes them extra nutty and gives them a more intense flavor and that is just what we need for this recipe. However, you can add raw hazelnuts if you prefer, but the cookies won’t be as flavorful.

WHY I LOVE TEFF FLOUR?

Teff flour is a great addition to a healthy diet and it is packed with calcium and full of fiber. Being gluten-free, it’s a great choice for people with Celiac disease and other gluten sensitivities.

It has an earthy, slightly nutty and sweet taste and pairs best with chocolate. It works really well in combination with other gluten-free flour and it is widely known for its versatility.  You can use it to make waffles, cookies, bread, crackers, muffins, pancakes, and other baked goods.

Although it’s a bit pricey when compared to other flours, it is well worth the cost.

TEFF FLOUR – NUTRITIONAL PROFILE

100 g teff flour contains:

Calories: 367
Total Fat: 2.4 grams
Carbs: 73.2 grams
Fiber: 8 grams
Protein: 13.3 grams

HAZELNUTS – ROASTING FOR THAT EXTRA CRUNCH

Hazelnuts are very high in calories but they are loaded with nutrients and healthy fats.

NUTRITIONAL PROFILE

One ounce (28 grams) of hazelnuts contains:

Calories: 176
Total Fat: 17 grams
Carbs: 4.7 grams
Fiber: 2.7 grams
Protein: 4.2 grams

Although they are good eaten raw, they taste much better when they are roasted, don’t you think? Roasting gives them that extra crunch, nuttiness, and deep, more intense flavor. And it’s so easy to do it. It will take you no longer than 15 minutes to properly roast them but it will certainly take your desserts to the next level.

Like almost all nuts, they have a high-fat content, so it’s best if you dry roast them.

HOW TO ROAST HAZELNUTS

Roasting nuts deepens their flavor and gives them a crisper texture. Here is how to do it:

Preheat oven to 175 °C. Spread the hazelnuts in an even layer on the baking sheet. Place in oven and roast for 10-15 minutes. Stir or shake the tray every 5 minutes to help the hazelnuts to cook evenly.

When the hazelnuts are browned and smell nutty, remove from the oven, and immediately transfer onto a plate or another baking sheet.

Teff Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

HOW TO MAKE TEFF CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT COOKIES

You can find a complete list of ingredients with exact amounts and instructions in the recipe card below.

STEP 1

Preheat oven to 180 °C. Line a baking sheet with non-stick baking paper.

STEP 2

To prepare chia eggs simply grind chia seeds in a coffee grinder. Mix 2 tablespoons of ground chia seeds (10 g) with 6 tablespoons of water. Stir and let it rest for a couple of minutes to thicken.

STEP 3

Melt coconut cream in a medium pot over low heat. Stir until smooth. Let it cool down a bit.

NOTE ON COCONUT CREAM

Always use full-fat canned coconut milk. Chill it in the refrigerator overnight so that you can easily separate cream from the liquid. The cream should be firm enough so that you can scoop it out with a spoon.

STEP 4

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl: teff flour, rice flour, tapioca, ground roasted hazelnuts, cacao powder, coconut sugar, and baking powder.

Add melted coconut cream, 3 tablespoons coconut oil, and chia ‘eggs’ to the bowl with dry ingredients. Use an electric mixer and mix for a couple of minutes until it all comes together. Adjust sweetness if needed.

Once all is well combined, the dough will still look crumbly so use your hands and mix until the dough begins to stick together.

STEP 5 (OPTIONAL)

Optional: Add finely chopped dark chocolate (85%) to the mixture and mix it again (best by hand). If you don’t want extra chocolate, just skip this step. The cookies will be just as delicious without it.

STEP 6

Form the dough into cookies using your hands or by pressing the dough out on parchment paper and using a cookie cutter. Shape cookies and put them on the baking sheet.

STEP 7

Bake for approx. approx. 18-20 minutes (depending on the size of the cookies).

STEP 8

Leave them to cool down a bit. Cookies will continue to firm up while cooling.

Teff Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

TEFF CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT COOKIES ARE:

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegan
  • Soy-free
  • High in fiber
  • High in protein
  • Easy to make
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Teff Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

Teff Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

Nensi Beram
Healthy gluten-free teff chocolate hazelnut cookies are perfect as an afternoon pick-me-up. High in fiber, high in protein, and extremely yummy.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Cuisine Gluten-free, Vegan

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 180 °C. Line a baking sheet with non-stick baking paper.
  • To prepare chia eggs simply grind chia seeds in a coffee grinder. Mix 2 tablespoons of ground chia seeds (10 g) with 6 tablespoons of water. Stir and let it rest for a couple of minutes to thicken.
  • Melt coconut cream in a medium pot over low heat. Stir until smooth. Let it cool down a bit.
  • Mix dry ingredients in a bowl: teff flour, rice flour, tapioca, ground hazelnuts, cacao powder, coconut sugar, and baking powder.
  • Add melted coconut cream, 2-3 tablespoons coconut oil, and 2 chia 'eggs' to the bowl with dry ingredients. Use a hand mixer and mix for a couple of minutes until it all comes together. Adjust sweetness if needed.
    The dough will still look crumbly so use your hands and mix until the dough begins to stick together.
  • Optional: Once it’s done, add finely chopped dark chocolate to the mixture and mix it again (best by hand).
  • Form the dough into cookies using your hands or by pressing the dough out on parchment paper and using a cookie cutter. Shape cookies and put them on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for approx. approx. 18-20 minutes (depending on the size of the cookies).
  • Leave them to cool down a bit. Cookies will continue to firm up while cooling.

Serving suggestion

  • Drizzle with chocolate

Notes

Always chill your coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight, being sure not to shake or tip the can to encourage separation of the cream and liquid.
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* The nutritional information provided is calculated automatically and should be used as an estimate.

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4 comments

Dreamy Bean June 29, 2020 - 4:54 am

I found you via the Food Blogger Pro forum in the UK bloggers thread – lovely to connect 🙂 You have a new fan!

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Nensi June 29, 2020 - 12:31 pm

Hi! I’m so happy to hear that. Thanks for getting in touch ?

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Sheryl May 28, 2022 - 4:32 pm

I love your Blog! I have alot of food allergies, so I use alternative flours like teff and chickpea. Thank you for this recipe.

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Nensi Beram May 29, 2022 - 9:29 pm

Thank you so much!

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