That was the response when I asked my fellow intern what treat she wanted for our next call. Fruity, not fatty. Hmm...actually, I immediately had a recipe in mind! I had seen this recipe a week or two earlier on Emily's blog and knew that at some point I wanted to try it.
I haven't made biscotti in quite a while but they are wonderful little treats. Some versions are very crunchy and do best when enjoyed when eaten with a cup of coffee or tea. Others are soft enough to eat on their own. These fall into the later category. Quite often the softer versions are more of a cookie in ingredient content, having 1/2 cup of butter or oil. These, however, achieved a soft texture without that amount of oil. It only has 3 Tablespoons and I may have used less...I don't know...didn't measure! :-)
When I tasted the dough prior to baking, the rice flour was a bit overwhelming in taste (probably due in part to using BROWN rice flour instead of white rice flour, but it's what I have...and I have decided that I really like rice flour, BTW). So, I added an extra banana. Let me tell you, these biscotti were SO good! Not overwhelmingly banana but you could definitely taste it. I would totally make these again. Oh, and if you have cinnamon chips...they go great in these! Thanks for a fantastic recipe, Emily!
Chocolate Chip Coconut-Banana Biscotti (adapted from Emily at Sugar Plum)
2 cups brown rice flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips and cinnamon chips (a total of 1/2 cup)
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 large egg
3 tablespoons oil
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a large cookie sheet with cooking spray or get baking stone out.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together rice flour, baking powder, salt and sugar until well combined; whisk in coconut and chocolate until combined. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together banana, egg, oil and vanilla until well combined; stir dry ingredients into liquid, until well combined and moistened.
Divide dough and shape into two (7 1/2 x 3–inch) logs on cookie sheet. Bake 25 minutes; transfer logs to wire racks to cool an additional 20 minutes.
Transfer to a cutting board and cut rolls diagonally into 1/2-inch thick slices. Place, cut sides down, on baking sheet. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees; bake 10 minutes. Turn cookies over; bake an additional 10 minutes (cookies will be slightly soft in center but will harden as they cool). Remove from baking sheet; cool completely on wire racks.
Makes about 2 dozen biscotti (though I'm pretty sure I got about 3 dozen)