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Healthy Dairy Free Biscotti with Dried Cranberries and Pistachios

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One of my favorite desserts are Biscotti (the Italian word for twice baked cookie).  I love all types of biscotti! One of my favorites as a child was from a local Italian restaurant where I grew up.  They were very small and not too hard.  They had chopped walnuts and little tiny chocolate chips.  For the holidays I love to make them with dried cranberries and pistachios because it makes them super festive and it is also great combination.

When I was nursing/pumping and couldn’t have dairy I decided to experiment and make my favorite version a little healthier and dairy free.  In this healthy dairy free biscotti, I eliminated the butter, added an egg and cut down on the amount of sugar in them.  Honestly I don’t miss the butter and extra sugar at all!  The only problem that I have is that I can eat the whole tray!

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The only tricky part of this recipe is shaping the dough into the logs.  The key is to really use that extra 1/4 cup of flour and generously flour your hands! Then make sure your logs are narrow and long so you can achieve cute little cookies.  The narrow logs also help them to cook evenly.  When the logs are too fat sometimes you are left with a doughy center.

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After they bake and cool you need to slice them.  I like them really small, so I suggest cutting them about 3/4 inch thick.  After you cut them, place them back on the sheet to bake a second time.  I suggest 5-10 minutes.  I don’t like my biscotti overly hard so I usually do 5 minutes.  Some people love them hard so they can dunk them in their tea or coffee.  If you are one of those people I suggest cooking them for 10 minutes the second time.

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This recipe is flexible if you don’t have dried cranberries or pistachios feel free to experiment with other dried fruits and nuts.

Other Fun Combinations for Healthy Dairy Free Biscotti

  • Mini Chocolate Chips and Walnuts
  • Just Almonds
  • Almonds and Dried Cherries
  • Almonds and Dried Apricots
  • Pecans and Dried Cranberries
  • Fig and Hazelnuts

I also experimented with this healthy dairy free biscotti recipe and you do not need a stand mixer, just a whisk and bowl! This recipe is fairly easy and makes a big batch!  It is perfect for the holidays.  I love making a batch as holiday gifts and for a variety of occasions that I may be going to or hosting.  They last for up to 2 weeks so you can make them ahead of time which makes them a big win!

Healthy Biscotti with Dried Cranberries and Pistachios - Photo

Healthy Dairy Free Biscotti with Dried Cranberries and Pistachios

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Cooling Time: 15 minutes
Servings:50 Cookies
Course:Dessert
Keyword:Cookies, DIY Food Gift, Holiday, Holiday Gift, Kid Friendly

Ingredients

  • 8 oz pistachios
  • 6-8 oz dried cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 egg
  • 2 egg white
  • 2 3/4 - 3 cups flour reserve a 1/4 cup of flour for when forming your logs
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat Oven to 325
  • Whisk egg, egg white, vanilla and sugar in a bowl
  • Then Fold in dry Ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt)
  • Last fold nuts and dried fruit
  • Flour your hands really well (with the extra 1/4 cup of flouand divide dough into 4 logs on a parchment lined baking sheet (about 10-12 inches long and 2 inches wide)
  • Bake 25 minutes - cool 15 minutes
  • Slice logs diagonal about 3/4 inch thick -
  • Place back on baking sheet and arrange sides up
  • Bake 5-10 minutes minutes more

Notes

The Add-Ins are flexible - have fun experimenting and find your favorite combination
  • Mini Chocolate Chips and Walnuts
  • Just Almonds
  • Almonds and Dried Cherries
  • Almonds and Dried Apricots
  • Pecans and Dried Cranberries
  • Fig and Hazelnuts
 
These can be stored in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks.
Did you make this recipe?I would love to see your creations! Snap a picture and tag @FoodPlayGo or #foodplaygo on Social Media!

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