I'm neither on a new year diet nor doing a dry January, but I am always up for healthy alternatives that don't sacrifice taste. So I tried my hand at something semi-virtuous that I could nibble on with a cup of coffee - wholewheat biscotti.
Biscotti is generally a lighter snack, considering their lack of butter or any other added fat, but they are normally also made with almonds. Although I like the original taste, nothing quite goes as well together as chocolate and coffee…
and so, I made mine with dark chocolate chips, and walnut pieces for the nut factor.
After preheating the oven to 160 degrees celsius, I first mixed the dry ingredients together - 2 cups wholewheat spelt flour, 1.5 tsp baking powder, half a cup of walnut pieces, 100g dark choc chips, 3/4 cup brown sugar, and a pinch of sea salt.
Then I directly cracked 3 large eggs into the mix, and added 2-3 tsp vanilla extract.
The mixture is pretty sticky at this point, but I made them into fat log shapes and baked for 30 minutes.
After they cooled completely, I cut them into thin slices and baked again for about 15 minutes, flipping halfway.
Fresh out of the oven, paired with a nice strong espresso, it was a nice little pick me up on a weekend afternoon.
So easy, one bowl to wash up, pretty healthy to boot. Winter baking is full of perks.