Ballerina Bites: Chocolate & Strawberry Sandwich Cookies

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There's no better way to celebrate the start of a new (hopefully warmer) month than with something indulgent and delicious! And luckily for all of us, that's exactly what Ballerina Bites (aka. Alexandra McMaster, professional ballet dancer and dedicated foodie) has whipped up for this month's mouth-watering, vegan-friendly recipe. For this edition Alex is bringing us a perfect bite-sized dessert that's certain to become your new favourite treat! Check out her heavenly creation below.

 

Apart from my ‘Festive Gingerbread Fudge’ the sweet recipes I’ve shared here on the Energetiks blog tend to be breakfast or snacks. I wanted to create another dessert style treat that’s an awesome little reward after a big week, recent exam or dance competition.

My ‘Chocolate & Strawberry Cream Sandwich Cookies’ are simply dreamy with a luscious strawberry cream and moorish chocolate cookies.

This recipe is a real taste bud sensation! 

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Ingredients

Dry

1 cup buckwheat or spelt flour

¾ cup almond meal

¼ cup cacao powder

½ tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

Wet

½ cup maple syrup

¼ cup coconut oil, melted

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Strawberry Cream

½ cup cashews, soaked overnight

¼ coconut cream

3 tbsp maple syrup

10g freeze-dried strawberries

¼ tsp vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

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Method

Pre-heat oven to 180°C Fan and line a tray with baking paper.

In a large bowl add all dry ingredients and stir. Add wet ingredients and stir until well combined and a dough/ ball is formed. Using an ice cream scoop, evenly scoop dough, roll into balls and flatten into a cookie shape.

Place cookies on prepared tray, ensuring there’s sufficient space between each cookie.
Refrigerate the raw cookies for 15 mins to firm up, so the cookies keep their shape while baking.

Bake for 12 - 15 mins until slightly golden.
Allow to cool slightly on the tray before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Meanwhile prepare Strawberry Cream. Drain and rinse soaked cashews and add to a smoothie blender or Nutri Bullet. Add remaining strawberry cream ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy. Refrigerate strawberry cream while cookies are cooling so it’s easier to spread/ pipe on cookies.

Once cookies are cool pair each cookie with a similar sized cookie.
Spread or pipe strawberry cream over one cookie before sandwiching with another.

Best kept in the fridge in an airtight container. Enjoy at room temperature.

 Makes 4 jumbo or 8 regular sandwich cookies.

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Enjoy!

Love Alex, Ballerina Bites. Xx

 PS: Be sure to tag me @ballerina_bites on Instagram so I can see your wonderful recreations! Also, check out my previous recipe: Curry Bean Bites with Mango Tahini Sauce.

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