If you’re Italian then you’ve been eating biscotti since you were a kid. All my friends mothers were baking chocolate chip cookies while my mother was making biscotti and anise cookies. My grandmother always had huge amounts of these when we came over. She made an anise one with a sweet frosting and colored sprinkles, and a brown sugar, almond, and cinnamon one. I used her recipes growing up but recently adapted this cookie (biscotti means cookie in Italian) to a healthy version so that I can eat them every morning.
These are traditionally dipped into coffee or tea and are usually on the hard side. I used my favorite superfoods to make these into a high protein, fiber, and nutritious treat. The sprouted spelt flour is something you can find at Whole Foods, health food stores, or online. You could also use unsprouted spelt flour, wheat, or any other type you desire, though I can’t vouch for how all other flours will do as I’ve only used this one with this recipe. If you use other flours please let me know how it comes out.
Yields: 10-12 biscotti
- 1/2 cup maple syrup, agave, or cane sugar
- 3/4 cup vegan butter or oil (olive, coconut, safflower, canola, avocado, or grapeseed oil works good) or a blend
- 2 tbsp golden flax meal soaked in 4 tbsp water for 15 minutes
- 3 cups spelt, wheat, all purpose, or a solid gluten free 1:1 baking flour (I used spelt and can't vouch for gluten free)
- 1/3 cup raw chopped pumpkin seeds
- 1/3 cup raw blanched almonds
- 1/3 cup roasted pistachios, cut in half
- 1/4 cup coconut shreds (toast first or raw)
- 1 tsp anise oil OR 1 tbsp anise extract
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- optional; 1 tbsp ground anise seeds
- 1 tbsp almond extract
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp baking powder
Mix the sweetener and vegan butter/oil and whisk it until it's creamed. Add the 1/2 cup nut milk and the anise, almond, and vanilla extracts. Then fold in the rest of the dry ingredients. You can chop all the nuts and seeds first. If the dough is too wet, add some extra flour. If it's too dry, add some nut milk or water. You should be able to form a ball and knead it gently.
Chill the dough before forming loaf.
Put the oven on 350F and form the dough into a loaf. Bake the loaf for 20 minutes. Take it out, let it cool for 10 minutes, then cut slices and then put them back in the oven at 350F to cook more for 10-20 minutes, flipping after they brown.
- Cook time: 30-40 minutes
- Total time: 1 hour or less
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