Recipe ReDux: Triple XXX Chocolate Biscotti

I’m really so very, very sorry, but I had to do it.

I was forced by my fellow Recipe ReDuxers to post yet ANOTHER chocolate recipe this month.

I’m sure after my #chocolatelove Molten Lava Cake with Raspberries, and last weeks Cinnamon Almond Mocha, you’re all quite done with chocolate for the month.

No?

Whew.

I hope not, because I have a REALLY good one for you today.

Welcome to February’s Theme: “Chocolate Love Is In The Air” It’s no secret that indulgent chocolate recipes are in high demand in February. Obviously the moderation thing comes into play, but chocolate can be a healthy choice especially when used as a compliment to other good-for-you foods. This month, we’re creating chocolate recipes that will make the heart grow fonder – and stronger. Inspiration for this month’s theme is courtesy of the Meal Makeover Moms @JaniceBissex and @LizWeiss.

In honor, of this months “healthier chocolate” theme, I’ve got a XXX dose {cacao nibs, cocoa powder, and bittersweet chocolate chips} of heart healthy chocolate for you.

If you’re not already convinced chocolate can be good for you, let me try and persuade you with a few healthy stats:

  • Cocoa beans are loaded with flavonoids which are beneficial to the body in terms of reducing blood pressure and reducing the blood’s ability to clot, thus reducing the risk for heart attack and stroke.
  • Cocoa and chocolate  contain phenylethylamine and small amounts of caffeine which may have a slight antidepressant and stimulant effect by increasing levels of dopamine, serotonin, and adrenaline in the body. {Don’t you already feel happier reading this :-)?}
  • Raw cacoa nibs not only are a REALLY super duper rich source of antioxidants, but they also are a good source of magnesium and fiber as well.

Taking inspiration from this recipe from Elana’s pantry and this recipe from David Lebovitz, I set to work creating my first ever batch of {gluten-free} biscotti.

Lucky for me, I still had some cacao nibs from the Villa Vanilla Spice Plantation in Costa Rica.

If you ever go to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, I highly recommend a trip to the plantation!

My experimentation turned out perfectly.

Perfectly, that is, if you like not too sweet, but intensely rich chocolate biscotti, just the kind of thing for an afternoon “pick-me-up”.

Here’s the recipe…

Triple XXX Chocolate Biscotti {Gluten-Free}

Gluten-Free Triple XXX Chocolate Biscotti

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 22 biscotti

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown organic sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder {non alkalized}
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil. melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup bitersweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped cacao nibs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine almond flour, sugar, cocoa powder, arrowroot powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Mix well with a fork, then make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in coconut oil, eggs, and vanilla. Mix well until ingredients are combined. Add chocolate chips and cacao nibs and stir until mixed in to dough.
  3. Divide dough in half and form in to two logs, approximately 4 inches by 9 inches, on each baking sheet. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes {dough should be firm to touch}, then remove from oven and let cool for approximately 20 minutes.
  4. Reduce temperature to 300 degrees. Using a serrated knife, cut the logs into 1/2 inch slices on the diagonal. Place slices, cut side down, on parchment lined baking sheets and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and flip the cookies over. {Be careful as the melted chocolate chips will be hot!} Bake another 10 minutes, then remove from oven and let cool completely before serving.
  5. Once baked and cooled, you may store the cookies in an airtight container for up to two weeks. That is, if they last that long!
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Have you ever made biscotti before?  Did you know that “biscotti” refers to being twice-baked in Italian? {Thank you David Lebovitz!} Have you ever eaten cacoa nibs before?  Ever been to Costa Rica???

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Comments

  1. I LOVE cacao nibs… only, I find them a bit hard to find ;-(

    This is super high on my must make list.

    And thanks for bringing us our first XXX recipe. I’m impressed ;-)

  2. I can’t WAIT to make this recipe!! Wonderful!!

  3. Biscotti is one of absolute favorite things to make and I’m sure almond flour would give an amazing taste – not to mention the triple dose of chocolate (love the name of the recipe and photos, as always!)

  4. YUMMMM!!!!

  5. I’ve got a new bag of nibs and anything that’s got XXX must have my name on it. I’ll give these a try. Yum.

  6. Wow..what beautiful clicks, EA! Love the close up shot of the biscotti dough.

  7. These would be perfect with my morning coffee right about now =)

  8. Love the photo of dough…SWOON. Of course the final product looks amazing too. So creative with the 3 chocolate products – love the descriptive photo of all 3. Very helpful to folks! XXX and O’s to you too!

  9. EA, you never cease to inspire. :) All this biscotti needs is to be dipped in more chocolate. Wish I were enjoying one of these lovelies right now with my tea. Perfection!

  10. Yum! So excited to make these. Perfect for my afternoon chocolate cravings!

  11. I love maing biscotti cookies. I make them for family and friends every Christmas holiday. Last Christmas, my brother gave me a package of chocolate nibs that he suggested I put in my morning coffee. Now, I have another great way to luse them. Thanks.

  12. Oh my gosh! My mouth is seriously watering after reading this post. These look just amazing! I have never made biscotti but I am going to have to attempt it after reading this post! :)

  13. This looks amazing!! I have been seeing cocoa nibs more now like in my market down the street had cocoa nibs by Theo! Great post! I am going to pin it! :)

  14. chocolate biscotti looks yummy ! love the images :-)

  15. gasp this recipe looks AMAZING. i love chocolate in all forms. yay for delightful gluten free baking.

  16. EA I’ll read your chocolate posts all day long ;) These chocolate biscotti look awesome!

  17. No, I never grow tired of chocolate recipes. Great shots- as always! I have been to Manual Antonio before twice, but was almost 8 years ago and did not know of the plantation! Next time!

  18. Wow! Now that is an amazing recipe. And almond flour! Sounds incredible!

    Britney

  19. Wow – these look delicious! Not to mention beautiful pictures and interesting information on chocolate!! :)

  20. oh, ea… why can’t we be neighbors?

  21. The chocolate Biscotti Looks fantastic! Wish I had some now! A beautiful post with great photos! Yes, I have been to Cost Rica,and Yes I follow David Lebowitz but did not know biscotti menat twice baked! Thanks!

  22. Oh, boy, these would disappear fast around here…who could resist triple chocolate???? YUM.

  23. I oddly enough have all these ingredients on hand :p I normally am not a biscotti fan, but these have me intrigued. Anything with triple chocolate must be good!

  24. Those are some chocolatey looking biscotti – can’t believe they’re gluten-free!

  25. Another fabulous recipe. I love your photos of all the chocolate, makes me want to cook the recipe even more!

  26. fabulous!!! great recipes and photo

  27. This is a recipe I will be dreaming about till I make it and have it…
    I love biscotti’s and being a chocolate one this is even more special…
    Yumm….

  28. I only need arrowroot powder and cacao nibs to make this recipe. Thanks for sharing. So drool-worthy!!

  29. Thanks so much for all your lovely comments! I wish I could have you all over for afternoon biscotti, coffee, and tea :-)

  30. Ha ha, so these are porn cookies? They sound great but xxx made me chuckle.

  31. I’m all about the chocolate so these are right up my alley!

  32. Lovely color and great pics!Never made biscotti before, but I think I should try making them sooner than later :)

  33. Love biscotti and these look delicious. You know with just a few small tweaks I think I can wrangle a Passover version from your recipe, it’s already so close!

  34. We are so glad that you posted this lovely biscotti. Just delicious.
    Cheers :)

  35. Wow, I love biscotti and I love your photos! Makes me want to go into the kitchen and bake these!

  36. oooh- I would love this for breakfast…or dessert! perfect!

  37. Making Biscotti is one of my goals, they look fun to make:-) This recipe looks pretty fantastic, and perfect with my morning cup of coffee! Hugs, Terra

  38. I have never made biscotti and I didn’t know it meant “twice baked” either. I do love biscotti, and now that I’m thinking about it I don’t think I’ve ever had a chocolate one!! This sounds great (and reading this post makes me want some chocolate in my coffee this morning!).

  39. These look delicious! LIke Gina I would also pair these with a fabulous cup of coffee in the morning!

  40. I have never made biscotti before, but I definitely want to try. Yours turned out so nicely. I think I remember once I learned that it meant twice baked, because it sounds so familiar, but I can’t remember when or where (maybe when I was in Italy?).

  41. yay! gluten free biscotti….so making these!

  42. They are so beautiful! They look rich, flavorful and so yummy!!! I would love to have one with my coffee right now! I love of the dough, its so clear and detailed. As ususal…a fabulous post. Thanks for sharing!!!

  43. One can never have too much chocolate!!! I adore biscotti. We actually made 5 batches for Liv’s dance showcase last weekend and apparently the girls love biscotti too! These beauties are definitely going on our to try list, chocolate is always a favorite. I’ve not worked with the almond flour, but it’s idea for the girls at competitions for energy. Sold!
    You are a good mom for spending the night on the ship! Our school didn’t do that field trip, but one of the girls I carpool with did. She loved the night, but didn’t get much sleep (fingers crossed for you!) Apparently she did something wrong as I believe she spent some time swabbing the decks!! So not to self, don’t get into trouble!
    Let us know how it goes and I sure hope the chicken is waiting for you when you get home. You will deserve it!

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