I decided to do some experimental baking attempting to make my favourite recipes healthier so I could literally munch on them every day without feeling guilty. Tada! It seems I have created a rather addictive monster – I’ve created some Almond and Date Biscotti made with home made Quinoa flour. I’m here to share with you this delicious creation!
1 and a quarter cups of Quinoa flour (get your whole dry quinoa seeds straight from the pack throw them in a coffee grinder or magic bullet and viola – quinoa flour)
3/4 cup of caster sugar (I just put normal granulated sugar in a grinder, you can substitute sugar for more dates or agave syrup)
Zest of one orange
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 of a teaspoon of salt
1 cup of blanched almonds chopped in half (you can blanch almonds at home by putting them in a bowl of boiling water, letting it sit for 10 minutes and then squeezing the skin off the almonds)
Hand full of dates (depends how much you like, I used about 10 dates or 1/3 of a cup finely chopped)
1/4 cup coconut oil (liquefied)
- Preheat oven to 150C
- In a large bowl mix all your powders Quinoa Flour, Caster Sugar, Salt, baking powder once mixed add the other dry ingredients dates and almonds.
- In a second large bowl mix all your wet ingredients coconut oil, orange zest and eggs, mix till all the ingredients are well mixed
- Mix your wet ingredients into your bowl of dry ingredients, mix well till it looks like dough. Separate the dough into two blobs.
- Prepare a baking tray with a layer of baking paper. Place one blob of dough on the baking tray and shape into a log, wet your hands to shape as the dough is quite sticky. Use the second dough blob to make second log on your baking paper
- Place in oven for about 25 minutes till both dough logs look golden brown
- Take dough out of the oven after brown, place on table top to cool down (usually about 10 minutes). Then slice the logs into 1 – 2cm pieces (don’t worry if the dough crumbles a bit, just take your time).
- Once the logs are cut, place the slices flat on another piece of baking paper on a baking tray. Put back in the oven for about 15 minutes until golden brown and well cooked through.
- Take out of the oven, let it cool (it will crisp as it cools).
- Get ready to munch away!!!