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Wholesome Treats: Sugar-Free Hazelnut Choc Chip Cookies

Each week, SHESAID is teaming up with some of the most influential and creative food bloggers to bring you a variety of healthy, nutritious and most importantly – delicious, recipes from the social sphere.

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Looking to curb those pesky sugar cravings without eating a chocolate bar? Sally O’Neil over at @thefitfoodieblog has just the recipe! Made with natural ingredients including almond meal, coconut oil and free range eggs, this hazelnut choc chip cookie recipe is guaranteed to hit the sweet spot without all the sugar.

“These deliciously soft hazelnut cookies are gooey and full of all-natural ingredients. The perfect accompaniment to a hot mug of tea, or if you’re up for a little indulgence, a glass of chocolate almond milk. Divine!” she insists.

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Ingredients

1 cup hazelnut meal

¼ tsp baking powder

2 ½ tbsp stevia (I use Natvia)

1 free-range egg

1 tbsp coconut oil (melted)

Pinch Himalayan sea salt1 heaped tablespoon natural hazelnut butter (or other nut/seed butter)

10 hazelnuts, chopped

40g sugar-free dark chocolate, chopped

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180º.
  2. In a bowl, combine hazelnut meal, stevia, baking powder and salt.
  3. Add eggs, nut butter and coconut oil, then mix thoroughly until well combined.
  4. Add the chopped hazelnuts and dark chocolate to the dough.
  5. Split dough into 8 equal parts, roll into balls and press down onto a pre-lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes for soft cookies, 25 minutes for crunchy.
  7. Allow to cool before devouring with gusto.
August 12, 2015

Wholesome Treats: Jaffa Protein Balls Recipe

Each week, SHESAID is teaming up with some of the most influential and creative food bloggers to bring you a variety of healthy, nutritious and most importantly – delicious, recipes from the social sphere.

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This jaffa protein balls recipe by social media sensation Sally O’Neil, aka @thefitfoodieblog, takes the classic flavour combination of chocolate and orange to a whole new level by excluding the nasties associated with the store-bought treats and replacing them with more natural, wholesome ingredients.

“While I would love to gorge myself on a packet of Jaffa Cakes (the king of UK treats – look them up!), I would hate to know the list of ingredients,” she says.

“Living healthily means finding a balance of whole foods, while enjoying the taste of things you love, so here’s my replacement for the Jaffa Cake, and a fine one at that. Jaffa Protein Balls at the ready…”

Serves: 25 Balls

Ingredients

1 ½ cup pitted dates

1 cup almond meal

½ cup natural / vanilla / chocolate protein powder (optional)

3 tbsp raw cacao powder

½ cup raw almonds

Zest and juice of 1 small orange

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Pinch Himalayan sea salt

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Method

  1. Place dates in a food processor and blend to a thick paste (adding a little water if necessary).
  2. Add almond meal, protein (if using), salt, vanilla and cacao powder and blend again until combined.
  3. Add in whole almonds, zest and juice of the orange (reserving a tablespoon of zest for rolling).
  4. Process until the mixture is coarsely ground and starts to come together.
  5. Take a tablespoon of mixture in your hands and gently roll with your palms.
  6. Place remaining zest in a shallow plate and quickly roll the balls in it before storing in a glass jar.
  7. These will keep in a cool corner of your kitchen for up to a week.

Be sure to share your #WholesomeTreats with @shesaid and @thefitfoodieblog on Instagram!

July 8, 2015