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Almond Orange Biscotti

I used to adore a particular locally made biscotti that had a hint of orange flavor and was generously dipped in dark chocolate. Alongside my large-o mocha of sugar and chocolate, it’s no wonder I battled with my weight back then. Now I make my own grain-free treats. They have a shorter ingredient list but all the flavor of the real deal! These yummy, crunchy biscotti are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee on a quiet afternoon. Or so I hear.

DRY INGREDIENTS

¼ cup coconut sugar
1½ cups almond flour
¼ cup coconut flour, sifted
1/3 cup tapioca starch
1/3 cup arrowroot starch, plus more for dusting
½ cup coarsely chopped raw almonds
½ tsp sea salt
WET INGREDIENTS

¼ cup pure maple syrup
½ tsp pure almond extract
2 TBSP orange juice
Zest of 1 orange
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
COATING INGREDIENTS

½ cup chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
½ tsp orange extract (optional)
2 tsp palm shortening
Makes 8 biscotti

Preheat your oven to 350°F.
In a coffee grinder or food processor, grind the coconut sugar into a powder.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine the powdered coconut sugar with the almond flour, coconut flour, tapioca starch, arrowroot starch, almonds, and sea salt.
Add the maple syrup, almond extract, orange juice, and orange zest, and blend well with a hand mixer.
Slowly add the coconut oil, and blend again until incorporated.
Let the batter rest for 5 minutes.
Spoon the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Dust your hands lightly with arrowroot starch to prevent sticking and use your hands to shape the dough into a 1-inch-thick rectangle.
Bake for 25 minutes.
Remove the baking sheet from the oven, and carefully cut the dough into 8 bars, separating them from each other with the knife.
Reduce the heat to 275°F, and bake the biscotti for an additional 25-30 minutes or until they are dark golden brown and very firm to the touch.
Remove the baking sheet from the oven, and cool the biscotti on the sheet for 20 minutes. Then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Meanwhile, make the chocolate coating. In the top of a double boiler, combine the chocolate, vanilla extract, orange extract, and palm shortening over simmering water. Stir until completely melted.
Dip the ends of the cooled biscotti in the melted chocolate, or drizzle the chocolate over the tops of the biscotti. Place the cookies on a wax paper-lined baking sheet until the chocolate hardens.
Store the biscotti in an airtight container, or freeze them until ready to eat.