Hazelnut Cocoa Cookies

I always feel like I’ve accomplished something good in the world when I create a recipe like this one – a recipe that is free of gluten, grains, dairy, eggs, soy, corn and refined sugar but still tastes like it could be unhealthy.  It’s *almost* allergy friendly, which would have been even more of an accomplishment, but I wanted to make a hazelnut cookie and well, hazelnuts are nuts which is a common allergen.

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But rather than focus on what these aren’t, I want to focus on what they are.  These are Paleo and Vegan cookies.  They are soft, moist and sweet.  They are almost like a brownie.  They truly are a cookie you need to try for yourself.

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Hazelnut Cocoa Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup dry roasted hazelnuts
  • 5 medjool dates (pitted)
  • 1/4 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 Cup cassava flour
  • 1 Tbsp chia seed
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Cup + 1 Tbsp water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In food processor, combine hazelnuts and dates, blending until mixture forms a course flour.
  3. Add remaining ingredients.  Blend well.
  4. Remove dough from food processor and roll into 12 balls (about 1 Tbsp in size).  Place balls on baking sheet and flatten with fork.
  5. Place baking sheet in oven (middle rack) and bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.

Recipe makes 1 dozen cookies

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Stuffing ice cream between 2 cookies to make an ice cream sandwich is most definitely recommended!  This particular ice cream is Almond Dream Praline Crunch.

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Looking back at these pictures is making me salivate!  This combination of soft Hazelnut Cocoa Cookie and sweet praline ice cream was fantastic.

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Enjoy!

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