Sugar free, low carb and gluten free cookie heaven: These Italian Walnut Kisses are a super healthy take on the Italian classic Dolci di Noci.
Do you love holidays as much as I do? As a vitamin D-starved Londoner, I always try to go south – to feel some warming rays, finally see blue sky and to wear those floaty summer dresses I bought last Spring and have only worn indoors with the heating whacked up.
One of the nicest things about holidays though, especially the really, lazy, long ones, is returning back home. You have your head filled with new memories, some to be treasured forever, your phone brimming with pictures you’ll really want to turn into a coffee table book (which, in my case, never happens) and that brilliant first night when you get to sleep in your own bed again. Aaah. Are you with me on this one?
For me there is one more thing: Holidays are a fab time to get inspiration for new recipes. One leg of our Grand Tour of Europe we’ve just returned from – who would have thought our little car could drive through five countries without breaking down?! – took us to Italy, where some very good friends of us got married (check out some deep dark secrets about this trip in my post on this Raspberry Chic Coconut Froyo). I am officially in love with this country. It is the cradle of food porn, to put it in Instagram speak.
Naturally, good sugar free intentions had to be put on hold quite bit. Tiramisu – of course. Pizza and pasta – had to try it. Risotto – amazing. Gelato – it would have been rude to say no. You cannot travel 1000 miles and eat like you do at home. And then there were some particularly wonderful biscuits called Dolci di Noci – little balls of nutty awesomeness, which we sampled with a perfect espresso, wearing dark shades. The Italians are stylissimo, so you’ve got to keep up!
Friends, now that I’m back to real life, may I present to you with my take on Dolci di Noci cookies. These Italian Walnut Kisses have only 4 ingredients and are
- super easy to make
- ready in 15 minutes
- sugar free
- gluten free
- low carb
- satisfyingly sweet
- great with a coffee (us) or with a glass of milk and some apple slices (them).
I have tried this recipe with coarsely ground and more finely ground walnuts. Both versions taste great. I imagine you could also try using almonds or hazelnuts instead. If you are into handsome little morsels such as this one, also try my Coconut Tahini Bliss Balls. Same size, same awesomeness. You’ve got to mix it up, guys. One day kisses, the next day bliss. What’s not to like?
- 175g coarsely ground walnuts (a generous 1½ cups)
- 1 medium egg
- 25g erythritol (ca 2 heaped tablespoons) or sweetener of choice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat your oven to 180 Celsius
- Beat the egg with the erythritol and cinnamon
- Add the ground walnuts
- Have a little taste! If you have a sweet tooth, you may want to add another teaspoon of sweetener.
- Form little balls and place on a baking sheet (I greased mine with walnut oil - I would have used baking paper had I not run out)
- Bake for 10 minutes or until nicely browned