Saved the best for last. 🙌 Chocolate Almond Biscottis with Cacao and Cranberries. 🍫
Honestly, this tastes like a brownie but instead is awesomely crunchy.
If you follow this blog, you know that I’ve been posting tons of biscotti recipes. They’re actually all from the same dough but different flavor variations. Just putting out ideas and sharing my favorite flavors.
Be sure to check that out my standard recipe for Tang Biscottis before making these. In that blog post, I share substitutions and tips on making these healthy biscottis.
Although I love the matcha and the orange biscottis, I think the chocolate biscotti is the most dessert-like. These are also make the best vehicle for a cuppa foamy hot chocolate. ☕
Here I’m dipping them into a hot chocolate egg nog made with almond milk and egg whites. If you check out my Instagram video, you can hear how much crunch these biscottis have on them. So good.
Make these and enjoy it with a hot cuppa!
xx, vt ❤
*This biscotti recipe is based off of my standard biscotti recipe (Tang Biscotti), so be sure to check that out before making these! Included in that blog posts are notes about substitutions and tips on making these.
*If you make these, please let me know how they go by commenting below, tweeting me @VivianRTang, or sharing a pic of it with me on Instagram! ❤ I’d love to know what spins you put on it. 🙂
*Like I said, you don’t need to use super high grade matcha. Just use culinary grade and you’ll have great matcha biscottis.
🍫 Chocolate Cacao Cranberry Almond Biscotti // healthy, whole wheat, sugar free
Makes a small log ~13 biscottis
3/4 cup (80 g) whole wheat pastry flour
1 tbsp (6 g) unsweetened extra dark cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cage-free large egg
1/4 tsp (about 15-20 drops) organic pure liquid stevia (to taste; see notes above for alternatives)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup (35 g) dried cranberries
1/3 cup (35 g) almonds
1-2 tbsp cacao nibs (optional, only for true chocolate lovers)
Follow the same directions as the Tang biscotti recipe…. or for your convenience, I’ll just copy / paste it here again. 🙂
Baking Round 1
Preheat the oven to 350*F. Whisk your flour, baking powder, salt well. Then, add in your dried fruits and nuts and coat them in the flour mixture. Then, simply crack in an egg. Before mixing the egg with the flour, add in the stevia and vanilla to the egg so that everything incorporates evenly.
Then, with a spatula, start breaking the egg gently and incorporating the egg with the flour, nuts, cacao nibs, and dried cranberries.
The cocoa powder will make the dough a bit drier than usual dough, but you need to keep mixing it with a spatula until a dough forms. It’s not too difficult. 😉
Plop your dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicon mat. On the baking sheet, form your dough into a log.
Bake it in the oven for 25-30 minutes, depending on how you shaped you biscotti log.
Slicing + Second Bake
When your biscottis are done, they should be slightly puffed and golden. The kitchen should also be smelling amaaazing. You can either shut the oven off at this point, or leave it on and toast some nuts in it or something.
Let your biscottis cool for at least 10-15 minutes.
Once cooled, preheat your oven again to 275*F. With a sharp knife, cut it in to slices. I don’t bother with cutting it on the diagonal because I like my biscottis on the thinner side, but you can slice it however thin or thick you’d like.
I actually love the taste and texture of biscottis before they are baked for the second round. It reminds me of bread. That being said, biscottis keep much better after they are baked twice because they’re crunchier and better for drink-dipping. 😉
Once you are finished with slicing, line up your biscottis on a baking pan. Bake it in the oven again for 30 minutes, flipping half-way so that each side gets crunchy.
Make these soon and enjoy!
Be sure to let me know how it goes by commenting below or sharing a pic of your biscottis with me on Instagram! I want to know how you made your chocolate biscottis.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. 🎅