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.
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.
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.
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,