I whipped these up in literally 5 minutes yesterday after breakfast ready for a delicious morning treat. The mixture I used made 12 cookies. You start by mixing together 150g hazelnut meal (you could use almond meal but I found hazelnut meal gave a really nice flavour) with 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste, 2 1/2 tbs coconut oil (could substitute for macadamia nut oil) and 2 tbs honey. You can then add 1-2 tsp water to help form the dough. Then add 50g good quality dark chocolate - I used Lindt's dark chocolate with a touch of sea salt and I found that hint of salt really enhanced the flavour. Bake in the oven at at a low heat (130-150 degrees Celsius) for approximately 20 - 30 minutes. Hazelnuts contain healthy fats that may aid in lowering 'bad' LDL cholesterol levels (these are the fats that deposit cholesterol in the walls of arteries, leading to high blood pressure and a number of other health problems) and increase the levels of 'good' HDL cholesterol (these are the molecules that transport fats to the liver where they can be broken down rather than being deposited in arteries). Hazelnuts contain B vitamins, including thamin which contributes to regulating the nervous system and helps to aid healthy muscle and cardiovascular health. Hazelnuts are also a valuable source of Vitamin K and Vitamin A, playing a role in regulating blood clotting and eliminating harmful free radicals, consecutively.
My boyfriend said they tasted like Nutella, which was a definite tick of approval. Enjoy!