Monday, February 27, 2012

Gluten/Grain-Free, Sugar-Free Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

I've made a similar cookie before- these.  But this time they are so very much better.  I am calling them chocolate hazelnut cookies, but that doesn't mean they are nutella cookies- because they most definitely aren't.  They just use ground hazelnuts rather than almonds for the base.  Best of all, you use raw hazelnuts, skin on, no toasting!  If you like the taste of toasted hazelnuts, by all means, go ahead!  But I much prefer them raw.

Gluten/Grain-Free, Sugar-Free Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies
1 cup hazelnuts
1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
6-8 pitted dates
3/4 cup sugar-free chocolate chips (mine are hershey's but you can make your own by melting baking chocolate with some coconut oil and your sweetener of choice)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 tsp coconut oil

In your cuisi, ninja, vita, etc, process your nuts, cocoa powder, salt, soda, and dates until you get a sticky, crumbly mixture.  Melt your chocolate chips with your coconut oil and vanilla extract and combine with your crumbly mixture.  Incorporate well.  Bonus- you can absolutely eat this raw!  (But not too much- if you're using SF choc chips beware they are probably made with some sort of sugar alcohol, malitol, sorbitol, that can give you tummy problems.)

Spoon onto parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 360 for 15 minutes or so.  Check on them at 10 minutes because if these babies start to burn you won't know as they're so dark.  They'll be soft when you take them out of the oven but will firm up after a few minutes cooling.  They'll be pretty crumbly when cool but so so so good!


  1. sounds yummy! I haven't tried hazelnuts instead of almonds yet, but I bet they are so tasty!

  2. what i really should have done was used walnuts as they are so super healthy! that will be my next project!