When I was preparing those biscuits for the first time, the snow was falling and festive carols were echoing in the winter’s darkness, as we were slowly approaching the end of a tremendous year; what I wanted to do with those simply was to share a little piece of eatable happiness with my family and friends. However, I did keep this recipe a secret so that I could share it another time…and I believe the time has come for me to share it, especially in the current course of events.
As you might have seen it already, with you reading those lines and my writing them down, an awful massacre is happening, among a population we’re quite alike. On the 12th of June 2016, a terrible attack has been made against human beings’ physical and moral integrity. Just like you, I am in shock; and it suddenly struck me, that I had to raise my voice and pay my respects for those lost souls, through the way I master the most. I realised it is not being a lifestyle blogger that should prevent me from having my voice and opinions on social or political problems heard.
In our society and today’s world, barriers tend to get weaker, and are leaving behind what we can call “dependence”, a complex but beautiful thing. Indeed, a human being is meant to come across many more people than ever before, people that might be at its total opposite. What’s truly magical here is that throughout those spontaneous meetings, everyone may learn from the other, enrich itself from the unknown, become more open and aware of the beauty of diversity. Societal standards are falling with those barriers, leaving freedom of being and feeling behind!
It’s essential to cherish this amazing action of acceptation and respect for the people round us, no matter their gender, choices, personalities. We have no choice but to accept the other, whether it is a woman, a man, homosexual, heterosexual, black, white,…to reach a deep and beautiful world equality. We’re all, despite our differences, simple human beings.
Today’s recipe has therefore been crafted and created with love, patience and attention, and is a way for me to pay tribute not only to the wounded but also to the people who do not have the chance to live, grow old and bloom…
And after all, love is love…
After some kind of philosophical interlude, I am going back to my kitchen. Not only are these biscuits made without refined sugar, white flour or dairy, but they’re full of amazing ingredients: the sweet taste of the dates and maple syrup melts perfectly with the chocolate’s intense flavour, all of this topped with the almonds’ crunch…divine! To quote some I hold dear: “These are the most delicious cookies I’ve ever tasted…by far!”.
Dark chocolate is full of healthy benefits: it brings a good dose of magnesium, which fights the lack of concentration, fatigue and anxiety, as well as antioxidants, which prevent our cells from dying. Almonds and oats do contain plenty of fibres, which prevent you from bing eating in the middle of the afternoon…isn’t that great ?!
Almond, Dates & Chocolate Chips Cookies
Portions: 24 cookies
Preparation time: 30 minutes.
Cooking time: 15 minutes.
For the dry ingredients:
- 275g of ground almonds
- 50 of crushed almonds
- 160g of oats (100g ground and 60g whole)
- 100g of chestnut or millet flour
- 70g of coconut sugar (or whole unrefined cane sugar)
- 1 tsp of baking soda
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- ½ tsp of sea salt
For the wet ingredients:
- 125ml of maple syrup
- 4 tbsp of coconut oil
- 2 – 3 tbsp of plantbased milk
- 1 tsp of vanilla powder
- 75g of dates, pitted and cut in squares + 20g of millet flour
- 50g of 70% vegan dark chocolate, sliced in small pieces
(1) Preheat you oven to 160°C. Cover a large baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
(2) In a large mixing bowl, mix the ground almonds with the crushed almonds, ground oats, whole oats, flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix it all together.
(3) Slowly melt the coconut oil over low heat, then add the maple syrup, vanilla and plantbased milk. Once it’s gooey and liquidy, add it all to the dry ingredients and mix together until well incorporated.
(4) Cut your dates and sprinkle some flour over to prevent them from sticking. Slice the dark chocolate and add the dates and chocolate to the cookie dough, mixing until it all comes together.
(5) Spoon out some of the dough (the quantity of a tablespoon approximately) and form round cookie shapes with your hands. You can totally vary the shapes and play round with them!
(6) Bake for about 14 to 15 minutes, or until the base of each cookie is golden-brown. Once out of the oven, let them cool down 30 minutes or so, before placing them on a plate and eat them all!