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Healthy Dark Chocolate & Almond Cookies 

These cookies were inspired by finding a random stash of ground almonds in the cupboard. I’m not sure who in my house bought them, but there were honestly about 5 bags of them – so once checking they were actually in dates I thought to myself what could I make to use some of these up! 

I searched around for a few recipes using them and cookies seemed the best option. These cookies have only 6 ingredients and are pretty high on the healthy scale. So perfect for an afternoon snack, pre/post exercise, or in the evening when you want a guilt free sweet treat. I will definitely be making these regularly because I think you could really mix up the flavours and swap the chocolate for things like raisins, nuts, or different spices. 

I love this combination though, the almond favour really works well with the delicious bitter but sweet dark chocolate. I used 85% for this, but obviously its optional and any type of chocolate can work – or make them super healthy and use cocao nibs. 

So for these cookies you will need: 

– 120g ground almonds

– 150g clear honey

– 250g of almond butter (any nut butter would work, but this works well with the ground almonds) 

– 1 large egg

– 60g of chocolate (chips, or a bar chopped up) 

– 1 tsp of vanilla extract

So very simple recipe here. You need mix together the almond butter, honey, egg, and vanilla extract. I just used a wooden spoon, but if you need an electric whisk that will work too. 

Once smooth add in the ground almonds – this is best done with a spoon as the mixture is quite stiff. Then add in your chocolate. 

On 2 baking trays lined with grease proof paper roll your mixture into 12 balls. Push the mixture down a little bit into cookie shapes. In the oven they will expand slightly but not a lot so try flatten them slightly. (Don’t overdo it though as the mixture is sticky) 

Put your cookies in the oven on 180 degrees for 10 minutes. Leave out to cool for 5-10 minutes and then transfer to a wire cooling wrack. 

These are sooooo delicious straight from the oven, they are perfectly crunchy on the outside but gooey in the middle. I then tried on the next day and they still retain their slightly chewy/gooey texture – perfection. Nothing better than a cup of tea and a cookie, especially knowing that these are actually healthy! 


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