Heart Healthy Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies Recipe
Preheat the oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, combine the flaxseed and 6 tablespoons of the water. Let sit for 5 minutes to thicken.
In a food processor, combine the dates, vanilla, the remaining 2 tablespoons water and the flax mixture and grind to a paste. Set aside.
Spread the chopped hazelnuts in a single layer onto a baking sheet.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground hazelnuts, date paste, salt, and cacao powder and mix until a thick paste is formed. Roll the dough into 20 balls and arrange on top of the nuts on the baking sheet. Press each dough ball into the chopped hazelnuts to coat.
Transfer the cookies to the parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet. Transfer with a spatula to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve when completely cooled. Cookies keep in an air-tight container for up to 1 week.
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About This Healthy Recipe
This gluten free cookie recipe is rich, chocolatey, flour free, and made with just 8 simple ingredients. Made with no eggs, wheat and zero added sugar, this recipe is not just celiac friendly but also 100% vegan! Additionally, these cookies contain absolutely no saturated fat and very low amounts of sodium per serving (15mg) making these cookies a perfect option for those who are currently following a heart healthy diet. Even better, these chocolate hazelnut cookies are diabetic friendly as they contain just 10 grams of carbohydrates per serving. While it seems like these cookies can't possibly get any better, they do! At just 126 calories per serving, these cookies are guilt-free and may even be a safe option for those who have recently undergone weight loss surgery. This recipe is perfect for holidays, parties or anyone looking for a delicious chocolate cookie recipe, enjoy!