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Orange, Almond & Date Biscotti made with Quinoa Flour (Gluten Free, Low Fat, High Protein)

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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!

INGREDIENTS:

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)

2 eggs

1/4 cup coconut oil (liquefied)

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 150C
  2. 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.
  3. In a second large bowl mix all your wet ingredients coconut oil, orange zest and eggs, mix till all the ingredients are well mixed
  4. Mix your wet ingredients into your bowl of dry ingredients, mix well till it looks like dough. Separate the dough into two blobs.
  5. 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
  6. Place in oven for  about 25 minutes till both dough logs look golden brown
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. Take out of the oven, let it cool (it will crisp as it cools).
  10. Get ready to munch away!!!

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