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Afghans with a twist

Crumble-free Afghans

I wanted a biscuit that wouldn’t crumble in my pack and that catered to a range of diets. These Afghans should do the trick, though they didn’t even make it into my pack because my other half decided he quite fancied them with a cuppa.

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Makes 12 cookies
Prep time 15min
Bake time 12min
Cost $6-9

Ingredients
1 cup sunflower seeds
½ cup coconut threads
1 cup brown rice flour
½ cup buckwheat flour (if you’re not gluten free, swap rice and buckwheat for 1.5 cups wheat flour)
1 tsp baking powder
¼ cup cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
½ cup honey
½ cup coconut oil
2-4 tbsp water

Icing
3 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 tbsp honey
½ cup cocoa powder
½ cup walnuts

Method
Preheat oven to 180-degrees. In a pan over medium heat, toast sunflower seeds until lightly golden then place in large bowl and mix with the coconut, flours, baking powder and cocoa powder.

In a small pan, melt honey and coconut oil, and remove from heat. Add the vanilla essence then mix wet ingredients into dry. Stir to combine. Dough should form soft balls in hand; if it feels too dry add water a tablespoon at a time.

Roll into tablespoon-sized balls and place on tray, press down lightly with fork. Bake for 10-15min. While baking, mix together icing ingredients and place in fridge to firm up.

Remove cookies from oven and allow to cool before topping with a heaped teaspoon of icing and a walnut half. Store in airtight container for up to a week.

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