Everybody loves cookies! Bring out a playful cookie serving tray. Place your cookies and serve them with hot coffee and delight your friends. Place a couple of the delicious couscous cookies next to a glass full of fresh milk to elevate your children’s’ breakfast. Grab a couple at work for a healthy snack. Today’s recipe is the perfect balance between a sweet treat and a healthy lifestyle!
If you have prepared a healthy snack beforehand you will thank yourself during the week when you open the refrigerator for an afternoon snack. This is why we are proposing these crunchy Integral Couscous biscuits with coffee flavor and a few chocolate chips. They are easy to make, have great taste and are a healthy choice for the whole family.
- 200 grams (1 + 2/3 cup) of Integral Martino couscous
- 200 ml of milk
- 50 grams (scant 1/2 cup) cocoa powder
- 1/2 to 1 tsp ground cardamom
- 4 tsp finely ground coffee
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 150 grams of (1/2 cup + 2tbsp) cold butter, diced
- 150 g (3/4 cup + 2 tbsp) light brown soft sugar
- ½ teaspoon of Bicarbonate soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 medium egg
Hydrate the couscous
As always, we first hydrate the couscous. In a non-stick pan pour 200 ml of whole milk, add one teaspoon of granulated sugar and bring everything to a simmer. When simmering turn off the heat and pour 200 grams of Martino couscous.
Make sure to cover with the pan with a lid and let it sit for 4-5 minutes until the couscous has absorbed all the milk and has become fluffy.
When ready fluff the couscous with the help of a fork. This will remove any lumps and separate the delicate grains without crushing them to give the couscous a light texture.
Prepare the cookies mixture
Place the couscous, cocoa powder, cardamom, coffee, bicarbonate of soda and salt in a food processor and pulse until combined. Add the butter and blitz until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, mix in the sugar then add the vanilla extract and egg and blend until the dough comes together. (If you don’t have a food processor you can rub the butter into the dry ingredients by hand.)
Shaping the dough:
Shape the dough into a rough log and place it on a long piece of cling film, fold the clingfilm over the dough and roll it into an approx 4cm wide sausage, twist the ends of the clingfilm tightly to seal.
The dough will be quite soft at this point but will firm up after chilling so don’t worry if you can’t get it very neat at this point, you can always reshape it after it has been in the fridge for a while.
Place the log in the fridge for at least an hour, or in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes.
Prepare for baking
Once the dough is firm, use a sharp knife to cut it into slices approx 5mm wide and place them fairly well spaced apart on the baking sheet. Re-wrap the leftover dough and store in the freezer.
Bake the biscuits for 8-10 minutes in a preheated oven at 19 degrees Celsius until slightly risen and beginning to firm around the edges, they will crisp up upon cooling. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Your delicious coffee couscous cookies are ready to serve!
Next time when you have a sweet tooth but are concerned about your diet, grab the Integral Martino’s Couscous some instant coffee and a few chocolate chips and bake these delicious biscuits. They will keep you from unhealthy choices, but not from the excellent taste! Enjoy them with a cup of coffee and don’t forget to subscribe to the newsletter to receive all the delicious Martino’s recipes directly in your inbox!
For a balanced diet aim to eat your snacks about halfway between meals to keep energy levels consistent. Take 1-2 of these coffee couscous biscuits with you at work they will come in handy when you feel hungry, but it’s not still time for lunch. They are light and melt in the mouth. Share them with your colleagues and they will be impressed!
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