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Gluten free orange, almond & cacao nibs biscotti

I am having a moment with almonds in all their forms, if it has almonds in it, name it, I love it (just check out how loads of my recipes contain almond mylk). I am also a big fan of almond flour, not only for its taste, but also the texture it adds to my bakes.

And cacao nibs, how I adore you too. Benefits of cacao nibs on your health are numerous: they can maintain blood pressure, improve circulation, reduce fatigue and tiredness and improve digestion. On their own, cacao nibs can taste very bitter but mixed with a fruit (such as the orange in this recipe) the chocolate flavor comes through and the bitterness is completely gone.

Ingrdients
175g almond flour
1 tablespoon of cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of Himalayan Salt
50-60ml maple syrup or coconut sugar
1-2 tablespoons orange zest (grate the orange zest before squeezing the orange)
3 tablespoons orange juice
50g organic almonds, chopped
25g cocoa nibs

Directions
1. Preheat your oven to gas mark 4 and line your baking sheet with baking parchment
2. Put the almond flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt in a food processor and mix until well blended. Add the remaining ingredients (minus the almonds and cacao nibs) and blitz until the dough forms a ball
3. Scoop to dough in a large bowl and add the almonds and cacao nibs and mix them in with a spatula or your hands
4. Roll the dough into a 25cm x 5cm "log" and bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until the outside is firm to the touch. Let it cool for 1-2 hours
5. Once cooled, cut the log on the diagonal with a knife (1.5 - 2cm) and spread the slices very carefully on their side on the same baking sheet used before and cook them for another 15-20 minutes, gas mark 1. After 20 minutes, you can turn off the oven and let them rest there until you can't wait no more and need one.

PPsssssttttt - Just a note, they taste better cool, the following day.

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Marie-Eve Maitland Marie-Eve (pronounced the French way and, yes, you guessed it, Henry's wife) is our kitchen and food-wiz and is behind our healthy recipes and also manages our twitter account (get in touch!).  Having graduated in dietetics in Canada, Marie-Eve is passionate about eating, discovering new foods and leading a healthy lifestyle to make sure she in tip-top shape to look after her little girl, Elodie. Marie-Eve loves cooking (of course), weight training, yoga, walking, matcha green tea and chocolate (amongst other things).

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