Pepita Almond Florentines

These Florentines get a nutrition boost with the addition of oats, pepitas, almonds and walnuts. But the chocolate helps make sure they still feel like a proper treat! If you prefer you can finely chop the nuts and cranberries in a Thermomix, high-powered blender or food processor.

Ingredients

50 g (½ cup) rolled oats

50 g (1/3 cup) finely chopped almonds

50 g (1/3 cup) pepitas

50 g (1/3 cup) finely chopped walnuts

60 g (1/3 cup) chopped dried cranberries

1 teaspoon mixed spice

1 tablespoon spelt flour or plain flour

2 tablespoons (40 g) extra virgin coconut oil

180 g (1/2 cup) rice malt syrup (see Tips)

180 g dark chocolate, broken into pieces

 

  • Makes about 25-28

Method

Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan). Line 2 baking trays with baking paper and set aside.

In a bowl, mix together the oats, almonds, pepitas, walnuts, cranberries, spice and flour. Set aside.

Place the coconut oil and rice malt syrup in a saucepan (or microwave-proof bowl). Heat on stove top over medium heat (or microwave for 30-50 seconds) until melted and syrupy. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.

Place 2 teaspoonfuls of mixture onto prepared baking trays, leaving some room for spreading. Using damp hands, flatten slightly and shape into a rough circle. Repeat with remaining mixture (makes approx. 25-28 Florentines). Bake for about 12 minutes or until light golden.

Remove from oven and, while still hot, neaten edges with spatula or the edge of a spoon by gently pushing edges in. Allow to completely cool on trays.

Gently melt chocolate (either in a microwave-proof bowl in the microwave or in a saucepan over stove top), stirring occasionally, until chocolate is melted and smooth. Spread base of each cooled Florentine with a thin layer of melted chocolate. Allow chocolate to set for a few minutes before serving.

Tips:

· You can use raw, roasted or activated nuts in this recipe.
· Try to use unsweetened (or minimally sweetened) cranberries if available. If you prefer, you can use dried blueberries or dried cherries instead of the cranberries.
· You might like to use honey instead of the rice malt syrup, however, you will get a sweeter result. You can also use half rice malt syrup and half maple syrup.
· Store these Florentines in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Just be sure to bring them to room temperature before serving for the best texture and flavour.