Biscotti and coffee are the adult version of cookies and milk.
I write that sentence. Pause. Go downstairs. Brew a coffee. Take a biscotti. Walk back upstairs. Sit back by my desk. Play epic music. Slowly dip the biscotti into the coffee. Take a bite. Sigh. Dip it again. Conclude that this combination is not overrated. Continue listening to epic music.
There are 14 kinds of people when it comes to coffee:
You may fall into several of these types.
- “I never drink coffee.”
- “Sometimes I drink coffee, like when I go out for brunch or stop by Starbucks.”
- “I love coffee! Especially frappes and lattes!”
- “I love coffee, but only from Coffee Bean/Starbucks/Tim Hortons/Duncan Donuts/specialty brewer shops/other. All other coffees are gross!”
- “I love coffee, but I don’t like the taste of coffee so I add a lot of cream and flavors.”
- “I’m addicted to coffee. I know it’s bad.”
- “I’m addicted to coffee AND I DON’T CARE!”
- “I drink about one cup every day. That’s not addicted, right?”
- “I’m not human until I have my coffee.”
- “I drink black coffee because I want the caffeine.”
- “I drink black coffee because I’m a real coffee lover, unlike number 3 and 4.”
- “I’m a writer/artist/filmmaker/etc. A caffeine addiction is required.”
- “I love coffee, but I’m trying to cut back so I’m drinking tea.”
- “COFFEE? DID SOMEBODY SAY COFFEE?”
Studies differ when it comes to the health benefits and detriments of coffee.
- Boost physical performance
- May aid weight loss
- Helps focus
- May reduce risk of cancer and stroke
- Brightens your mood and fights depression
*Keep in mind that those sugar bombs many coffee shops call ‘lattes’ and ‘frappes’ do not contain these health benefits.
- Bad quality coffees can contain toxic impurities. (Buy high quality!)
- Causes insomnia and restlessness
- Can irritate the stomach and cause issues for those suffering from IBS, ulcers, gastritis, and Crohn’s disease.
- Increases stress hormones, blood pressure, and heart rate.
Every person is affected by coffee differently, so there is no absolute answer whether this stimulant is good or bad as of yet. For those suffering from the ailments mentioned above, speak to your health practitioner about your coffee habits.
My dear friend Alice, whose odd eating habits I’ve discussed previously in the Honey Spice Cookies post, was visiting as I created this biscotti recipe. (She is probably a mix of numbers 8 and a 14 on the coffee spectrum.) She was the first person to try this biscotti recipe and gave it her approval.
When she came by a few days later, appropriately hungry, since she knows there is always good food by me, she requested these cookies and declined the offer of regular biscottis baked with sugar and gluten.
Thank you, Alice, for proving that healthy remakings of classics can be tastier than the original.
Chocolate Chunk Biscotti
- 3 3/4 almond flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3 tsp cinnamon
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/3 cup oil
- 2 tbsp lemon zest
- 3/4 cup 72% dark chocolate chunks
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix the dry ingredients and then stir in the eggs, honey, oil, and zest.
- Split the dough into two and shape them into logs onto a lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Let cool and reduce the temperature to 300 degrees.
- Once the logs are completely cooled, cut into 1/2-1/3 inch slices.
- Place onto the cookie sheet and bake for another 20-30 minutes or longer, depending on how crunchy you like them.
- Enjoy with coffee (or tea)!