Baking| Chocolate Almond Olive Oil & Whole Wheat Biscotti

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Chocolate Almond Olive Oil & Whole Wheat Biscotti These are cookies born out of thankfulness, inspiration and amazement at the constant love I receive from readers of my blog. This Chocolate Almond Olive Oil & Whole Wheat Biscotti is the delicious result of the cocoa that Sheetal mailed to me a few days ago. Roasted Almond Double Chocolate BiscottiThe package had things I love – stuff to bake with … muscovado sugar {my first bag ever}, baking chocolate and cocoa powder. Sheetal said she really hoped I would bake something with the stuff she sent me. … and promised to make the same at home far away! Might as well keep you busy Sheetal, so if you are done with the tart, here’s the next bake!Roasted Almond Double Chocolate BiscottiI left the contents of the parcel on my table and looked at them every morning feeling a strange sense of inspiration and desire to bake. The muscovado sugar was the first bit I used, out of curiosity, in this absolutely divine Vanilla Plum Frangipane Tart. The muscovado made the frangipane earthy and different, pairing beautifully with the plums!Roasted Almond Double Chocolate Biscotti The success of the Plum Frangipane Tart adventure inspired me to think cocoa. As the dieting diva is still swinging back and forth on her yo-yo diet {as I call it} I thought I’d do some biscotti! It’s been ages since I made some, and this time I adapted a David Lebovitz recipe of Chocolate Almond Biscotti that I had made earlier.Roasted Almond Double Chocolate Biscotti Substituted some plain flour with whole wheat, and made the firm cookie like dough in my Thermomix. Reduced the sugar a bit, and I think I could further reduce it a little more the next time. The end result was wonderful; the whole wheat not taking any yumminess. Toasted almonds and chocolate chips do make for delicious biscotti. The teen and pre-teen were seeing visiting the cookie jar quite often while the cookies lasted!Roasted Almond Double Chocolate BiscottiThe Valrhona I used in my earlier biscotti, coincidentally was a gift from a sweet foodie blogger, Shayma @ The Spice Spoon. Hintz was what I used here, and it made this twice baked Italian cookie absolutely addictive. Do remember to use good quality cocoa

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Recipe: Chocolate Almond Olive Oil & Whole Wheat Biscotti your picture

Summary:An already healthy Italian cookie, made even healthier with the use of some whole wheat flour. Adapted minimally from David Lebovitz, this is an addictive biscotti for the cookie jar. Makes 30-35 cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes
Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cups top-quality cocoa powder {I used Hintz}
  •  1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 small eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/8 cup extra light olive oil
  • 3/4 cup vanilla sugar, or plain granulated
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, scraped {optional}
  • 1 cup almonds, toasted and very coarsely-chopped
  • 3/4 cups chocolate chips {I used dark}
  • For the glaze
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 sachet vanilla sugar

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Line a cookie sheet with baking parchment.
  2. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, olive oil, sugar, vanilla beans and vanilla extract. {Thermomix: Speed 4 / 7-8 seconds}
  4. Fold in the dry ingredients, followed by the toasted chopped almonds and chocolate chips in the till well incorporated, and the cookie dough comes together. {Thermomix: Add the dry ingredients : Speed 3 / 10 seconds. If the dough is too firm, turn into a large bowl and  add the nuts and chocolate chips. Mix to incorporate. Else, Reverse Speed 2 / 15 seconds}.
  5. Divide the dough into half, and form into logs using slightly damp hands. Brush with egg white and sprinkle with vanilla sugar. Bake for 25 minutes or until the dough feels firm. Remove from oven and cool for 15 minutes.
  6. Slice and place sides down on the cookie sheet and bake for 20 to 30 minutes, turning the baking sheet midway during baking, until the cookies feel mostly firm.
  7. Cool completely and store in an airtight box.

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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.

47 Comments

  • 5 years ago

    Those biscotti look very tempting! A divine combination. Impossible to resist to such a treat.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • 5 years ago

    i was just scavenging for a snack, and now this! it just looks so dark and divine, and it isn’t helping my hunger at all! love the rich photos, and the egg wire basket.
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  • 5 years ago

    biscotti looks yummy piled up ! im yet to try olive oil in baking
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  • Delicious! Bet the Husband would love it for tea time :)
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  • 5 years ago

    They look beautiful and rich, I haven’t even had breakfast yet but I could just tuck into these with a nice cup of tea.
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  • Neev
    5 years ago

    The look really good, love the close up pic. I too love biscotti but have always had probs(they break) when slicing them for the second bake…any tips to avoid this happening. Also I see you have used whole wheat flour and love the idea just makes it a tad bit healthier. Is whole wheat flour same as atta, can I use atta instead of it.
    Will be trying these real soon.
    Neev

  • 5 years ago

    I just love the addition of olive oil to any sweet recipe…and I think it sounds perfect in this wonderful biscotti recipe…I will have to try it very soon. Thank you, Patricia
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  • 5 years ago

    The biscotti looks devine…love the dark color!

  • 5 years ago

    Your photos make this really rich biscotti come alive, I’m not always fond of biscotti but I love this recipe.
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  • 5 years ago

    Gorgeously done biscottis.. Looks so rich and yum
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  • I have been wanting to bake biscottis for a long time now! I love them!! These chocolate almond biscottis look heavenly :) Perfect for my morning, evening and in between teas 😉
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  • 5 years ago

    The biscotti look so chocolaty!!!
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  • 5 years ago

    Dark and delicious! How nice it is to get a package of goodies and work one’s way through it slowly, savor each one.
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  • 5 years ago

    I love how gorgeously dark these biscottis are! Wonderful Deeba and even better that the yoyo dieter and preteen appreciated them!
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  • 5 years ago

    Darling, what a wonderful gift and a fabulous recipe! Love biscotti and haven’t made chocolate biscotti in ages. Yours look dark and decadent! Gorgeous photos as always, too! And I have long been intrigued with the addition of olive oil in biscotti and must try! xoxo
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  • Muscovado is gorgeous stuff, as are your lovely little biscotti :) Biscotti is a big favourite in this house, however i have never tried a chocolatey version and yours looks really delicious so maybe it is time to stray from the path a little!
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  • 5 years ago

    This looks great Deeba. So rich and chocolatey. I love having biscotti with my morning coffee. I think I will definitely try mine with whole wheat next time too.
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  • 5 years ago

    Now I’m thinking it’s been too long since I last made biscotti! The almonds in the chocolate cookie look delicious. Great use of your cocoa gift.
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  • 5 years ago

    These look divine. I’ve not yet made a bad recipe by David Lebowitz, and I love the idea of using whole wheat flour too. Definitely one to try soon!
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  • These look incredible and I’m so curious about the olive oil — biscotti is usually soooo good with a good cuppa tea or coffee.
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  • 5 years ago

    Those biscotti look divine! I love how chocolatey they look and I bet the toasted almonds and chocolate chips were delicious with the cocoa! Thanks for sharing!
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  • 5 years ago

    Oh boy, what I wouldn’t give to have some of your biscotti right now, for breakfast! :) Beautiful photography!

  • 5 years ago

    These look incredibly delicious! I love the dark colour!
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  • 5 years ago

    Am drooling!

  • 5 years ago

    That looks pretty and yummy. I’m a chocolate lover. I’m sure I will enjoy this treat! I can’t wait to bake this new recipe .
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  • 5 years ago

    I don’t know when,but I am going to try these,look so inviting!Lovely,thank you for sharing..:-)
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  • 5 years ago

    these biscottis are right up my alley!
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  • 4 years ago

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  • This looks so good… I love chocolate. Biscotti and coffee combination is my all time favorite. I love the high resolution pics you posted too. Nice!
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