– Chestnut flour? Wait… What? Not another healthy foodie using weird ingredients that are hard to find… you might think.
Hear me out. I had never heard of chest nut flour before until a couple of weeks ago when I randomly found it when wandering around the supermarket. The thought of it perhaps tasting bland or like raw chickpea flour (ewww) definitely hit me. However, I decided to experiment and take the risk, as well as in a way treat myself. It wasn’t inexpensive, still, it really was not more expensive, quite the opposite, compared to other nut- and odd flours. Now when I think about it, it is way less expensive than any nut flour, including almond. A couple of weeks past, it was an intense period consisting of school, basketball and life in general.
Finally, I got some time over and started doing some research on how on earth one can use this mysterious flour. Turns out that it is commonly used in Tuscany, a part of Italy, in many amazing traditional recipes. This fact surprised me greatly because I have actually visited Florence, which is situated in Tuscany, Italy. If you’d like to read more into it, here’s a great website where they mention and explain all the traditional dishes.
In conclusion, I don’t know how easy nor difficult chestnut flour is to find where you live. However, if you can I truly recommend buying and using it. The flour is light yet nutty, unlike oat and nut flours, and really gives the cookies the perfectly light yet crunchy texture. But, even though I haven’t tried it myself, I see little to no reason why the recipe wouldn’t work using other flours based on for example almonds, hazelnuts (that would be amazing), oats etcetera. One just has to remember not to expect the exact same result as I got. More than enough talking!
PS. I seldom am as excited for a recipe as I am right now. Oh my God! It is just so perfect not only taste and texture wise but the ingredients are just amazing. Healthy, vegan, free from everything! The perfect cookie! *Drooling* Almost forgot, I would love to know if you decide to try it out. Lots of love to you guys!
Heavenly Mocca Chestnut Chocolate chip cookies
[Vegan, Whole food, Gluten-, grain-, added sugar-, refined sugar-, oil-free, fruit sweetened, paleo]
Serving 6-8 medium to large cookies Prep time 20 minutes
Baking time 15-25 minutes (depending on thickness) Time 35-45 minutes
- 1,5 dl / 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp / 60g / 2 oz chestnut flour
- Optional but recommended 2 tbsp / 10g / 1/3 oz milled flax or chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 6 / 60g / 2 oz dates
- 1,5 tbsp strong coffee
- 1-2 tbsp / 15-30g / 1/2-1 oz nut butter of choice
- A pinch of salt
- Optionally a splash of vanilla essence
- 30g / 1 oz chocolate chips or chopped chocolate or cacao nibs
- Optionally A small handful of roughly chopped roasted hazelnuts
- Preheat the oven to 175ºC / 350ºF.
- In a bowl mix the chestnut flour together with the baking soda.
- Using a hand mixer, in a food processor or a mixer mix the dates, coffee, nut butter, salt and vanilla smooth.
- Add the dates paste to the dry, “knead” with your hands until combined and add the chocolate and chopped nuts.
- Divide into four to five cookies and place on a baking tray. Bake for 18-25 minutes or until golden. Flatter and thinner cookies the crunchier the result will be, the thicker, the “cakier”. Let cool before devouring. Enjoy!