Orange Chocolate Biscuits w/ Isobelle Jane

Categories Featured, Food, Recipes, Sweet Treats

Hey everyone, it’s time for another monthly collaboration with isobellejane. This month we’re each recreating a recipe the other has posted. After she posted this amazing picture on Instagram I knew exactly what I was making. These chocolate orange biscuits have the healthiest ingredients of any biscuit you’ve ever seen…and they’re chocolate.

Picture from @thevoguevegetarian on Instagram!

Full disclosure: I made a little mistake with my cookie cutters (we’ll get there in a minute) and I thought about making them again.  But I thought it would be funnier if we turned this into a little expectations vs reality. If what you make doesn’t always turn out right, don’t worry about it, it happens to everyone every now and again.

Recipe First Impressions

When I first saw the ingredients list for these I was so excited. Chickpeas are the base. I love recipes that use unexpected ingredients as a base, like the chickpea blondies I made last year. They also contain almond butter and dried mango which are two of my favourite foods. I was also pleasantly surprised to see that all you had to do was throw everything in a food processor and pop them in the oven. Healthy and easy. I love them already.

In her recipe she points out that the higher cocoa percentage the healthier the biscuits are; I used 74% dark chocolate and added a couple of drops of orange oil to give them even more flavour.

Problems

Okay, I spoke to soon. As everything in England stops functioning the second it snows I couldn’t get my hands on any coconut cream to make the fondant. I wasn’t about to let that stop me, so I got some creamed coconut and made my own coconut cream from that. It took a couple of attempts to get the ratio of creamed coconut to water right but it turned out well in the end.

Next issue, I tried to be cute and used my heart shaped cookie cutters. Realistically, I should have used a larger one as it got quite fiddly trying to spread my fondant over the smaller biscuits and they ended up looking like something a four-year-old brings home from school. Tasted amazing though.

Taste Test

I have no patience, so I ate one of the biscuits before I added the extra layers. I can confirm that they tasted incredible. I love that they’re refined sugar free and made of natural ingredients. They even fit within the whole foods diet I’m trying this month which makes them an incredible treat.

As for the full thing, the crunch of the biscuits works really well with the soft creamy layer. As I used a high cocoa percentage and raw cacao rather than cocoa powder, they taste incredibly rich. This is good because they last longer. I loved the orange with the dried fruits. The flavour combinations are delicious. And every now and again you get a small piece of dried fruit which didn’t fully blend. I really enjoyed this as the combination of textures made them really interesting to eat.

Overall, I loved these and would definitely recommend you all give them a try; I wish I had a photo that did them justice. I know that chickpeas put people off sometimes as they think it will have a slightly savoury taste and this honestly isn’t the case. Click here to find the full recipe on her blog! You won’t regret it. And to see her test my popcorn bars click here.

Until next time,

Sophie

 

23 thoughts on “Orange Chocolate Biscuits w/ Isobelle Jane

  1. What do you mean they look like a 4 year old did them? They look amazing! I’m really glad you liked the textures and the orange and chocolate flavour! I had to use bagged popcorn I already had because of the snow but it worked perfectly and I loved your recipe!

    I loved reading this <3

    Emily xx

    1. Haha it was just harder to spread the stuff because I made them quite small so they’re not as neat as I would have liked! They’re delicious though!! I’m glad you liked the bars x

      1. That’s whats so great about homemade though it doesn’t have to look neat as long as it tastes good! Although I think yours actually look adorable! I love the heart shapes!
        Im so glad you liked the taste, thats what counts <3

  2. I have never tried making biscuits from scratch but this looks like a good place to start. I will have to see if I can find all the ingredients though but the simplicity of the recipe is tempting me.

  3. Hahaha stupid snow! I’m glad you managed to create frosting with the creamed coconut instead!!
    And I’ve never even heard of using chickpeas as a base!!!! What a great idea!!
    I love chick peas but I can’t stand the smell after they have been cooked and the skin removed!

    Kelly

  4. I’m not really adventurous when it come to cooking but once I get started I enjoy it! I’m always looking for healthy snacks to make and there look so nice! I LOVE chocolate and orange. Great post

  5. Oh wow these look delicious and I love orange in anything I bake, it’s such a refreshing flavour. Thanks for sharing your recipe, I will note it down to try.

  6. I would never in a million years have thought of using chick peas to make chocolate biscuits but yours look soooooooooo yummy. I make chocolate muffins with orange oil and zest sometimes but it’s the full sugar and flour load so not at all healthy. The next time we bake I might have to try this recipe (just not tell Flora it’s chick peas!). Thank you for sharing this one, which would be good for my gluten intolerant friends too 🙂 xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

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