Tuscan Almond Biscotti with Chocolate

120 Biscotti cookies

I just finished baking 120 biscotti cookies for a Christmas cookie exchange I decided to participate in. I love making biscotti because it is a nice light treat that tastes great when dunking in coffee or tea. It is a perfect treat on a cold winters night.

Interestingly enough, biscotti is a cookie that has very little added fat. In fact, the only fat in the recipe is from the egg yolks. So this recipe is great for anyone who is looking for a low fat treat this time of year. However, just because it is low fat, doesn’t mean that is 100% healthy. The recipe still uses white flour and has sugar in it.

To make this recipe healthier, you can substitute with whole wheat flour and Splenda to make it a lower calorie cookie and higher in fibre. See this link for the adjusted ‘Diabetic Friendly” recipe.

Hope you enjoy! ~Susan

P.S. Biscotti in Italian means cooked twice, just the way these cookies are prepared.

These are the cute recipes cards that I made to go along with the biscotti. You can download here.  I printed them on card stock.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs + 1 for egg wash
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup slivered almonds

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl sift together flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
  2. Stir in 3 eggs and vanilla.
  3. Once combined, stir in almonds
  4. Knead dough until all ingredients are combined.
  5. Transfer to a flat surface.  Divide the dough into 3 pieces and form 3 cylinders approximately 12 inches (30 cm) long.
  6. Prepare the egg wash by beating the egg. Brush the egg wash on the dough.
  7. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes in a 350 F (175 C) oven.
  8. Remove from the oven; cut in slices diagonally, approximately 3/8 inch  (1 cm) thick. Place the slices back on the pan, and bake for approximately 15 more minutes.

*Note: I added chocolate drizzle for an added touch. I usually do white chocolate, but didn’t have any at home and didn’t feel like venturing out in the cold…so I went with dark chocolate.

Makes 12

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About alittlenutrition

Susan is passionate about teaching others how to achieve optimal health and wellness by taking the confusion out of nutrition and promoting fun ways to stay active. Susan has been a certified fitness instructor for over 8 years and enjoys teaching yoga, pilates, and fitball classes at Elite Fitness and Dance. However, her main interest in nutrition has led her in the direction of becoming a registered dietitian. Susan completed her undergrad in Human Nutritional Science at the University of Manitoba and has recently completed her dietetic internship with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Currently she is now combining her fitness skills with her nutrition knowledge and offering comprehensive nutritional and lifestyle coaching. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Susan worked as a sales executive for a variety of paint manufactures for over 10 years. She created innovative sales initiatives and marketing programs for corporate and independent retails stores. Now with her knowledge of nutrition and her business experience, she helps restaurants and food service operations create healthier meals options for their customers. Susan is highly involved in community health promotion, as she has been appointed to sit on the Recreation and Wellness Commission of Niverville and the Chair person for the South Eastman RHA District Health Advisory Council Western division. She is the co-founder of former the Niverville Active Living and she has put on many community health promotion activities such as: * Lose It For Life - Weight loss / Lifestyle Transformation program * Family Fitness Month…Win A Will Contest * Niverville Fair ~ Smoothie Booth * Community Cholesterol Reduction Challenge * Cooking On A Budget * Couch Potato Race She is a member of the College of Dietitians of Manitoba, Dietitians of Canada, Manitoba Fitness Council and the Canadian Obesity Network. In her spare time, Susan enjoys cooking for her family, gardening, photography and being physically active outdoors with her husband and friends.
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