One of my favourite animals is the turtle, and of course chocolate is my absolute favourite. These are gooey when warm, but nice and crumbly when fresh out of the fridge.
It may take a little time to put these together, but I think it’s worth it when you see them emerge out of the oven. My baby brother and my family loved these cuties, and when you see the smile on their faces, it’s completely worth it!
This cookie is vegan, and oil-free as well as refined sugar free. I used nut butter to replace the oil content, so it’s really tasty but relatively healthier. I used walnut butter in this recipe. Walnuts are awesome because nearly 14% of the fat content in walnuts comes from alpha linoleic acid, which is an omega 3! Walnuts are also one of the nuts with the highest antioxidant contents.
I used melted vegan chocolate for the eyes, and I painted them on with a skewer (satay stick)!
Chocolate Walnut Turtles
- 1.25 cups oat flour
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 1/2 cup walnut butter
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds or ground chia seeds
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp pink Himalayan salt
- 1 tsp oat mylk or any other plant mylk
- 1 block vegan chocolate you will only need a little bit
- 1/3 cup walnuts you’ll want the intact, whole walnuts
- Preheat oven to 175˚C. (I actually like to do this only when I’m moulding the turtles to save electricity!)
- In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients (oat flour, cacao powder, coconut sugar, flax, baking powder and salt). Mix well.
- Add the wet ingredients – walnut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract and mylk. Mix and incorporate well.
- Line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Roll about 2 tsp of dough into little domes (the shell of the tortoise). Press a whole walnut firmly into the dome.
- Break off 4 little balls of dough, press at the base of the dome to form the legs. Take a larger ball of dough and press it into the front of the dome to form the head. (Make sure you try to rub the attachments well into the dome, so they won’t fall of during the baking process)
- Bake for about 10 minutes! When you take them out of the oven, don’t be alarmed if the cookies seem a little gooey. They’ll solidify as they cool!
- Leave the cookies to cool – about 15 minutes.
- Using the double boiler method, melt the little block of vegan chocolate.
- Once the cookies are cool, use the blunt end of a skewer to dot little eyes onto the turtles!