Open Arms of Minnesota

Weekly Recipe #133: Vegan Almond Biscotti

by Jessica Lahrs, Open Arms Client Services Assistant and volunteer St. Joseph Worker.

I decided to make this recipe as a surprise for the women I live with. Who doesn’t want to wake up and have cookies with their coffee? These lasted all about two mornings in my home. That is what happens when you put seven young women in one house!

Photo courtesy: Xanthia, Food.com
Vegan Almond Biscotti
(40 Servings)

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unbleached cane sugar
3/4 cup smooth unsweetened applesauce
1-3 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 cups almonds, chopped

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 325°F and lightly spray two cookie sheets. (I didn’t have non-stick spray so I used Earth balance butter on the pans to keep the cookies from sticking)

2. In a large bowl, combine together the flours, baking powder, and salt.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, applesauce, oil (1TBS for a hard biscotti, 2-3 TBS for a softer biscotti), and extracts.

4. Stir the sugar mixture into the flour mixture, add the almonds; finish mixing with your hands.

5. With floured hands, shape the dough into two 3-inch wide “logs” about ¾ inch thick, with the ends squared off. (Floured hands are key because the mixture is very sticky!)

6. Place these on the cookie sheets and bake for about 25 minutes.

7. Remove the pans and reduce the oven heat to 300°F.

8. Cool the logs on a rack for around 15 minutes

9. Cut the logs carefully with a sharp knife straight across into ½ inch wide slices.

10. Place the slices cut side down on the cookie sheets and bake 5-10 minutes, or until golden on the bottom.

11. Turn the slices over and cook 5-10 minutes more, or until golden on bottom.

12. Let them cool and enjoy them with a hot cup of coffee or plain!

More from Open Arms

Pop-Up Dinner, April ’24

Blossom, April Pop-Up Dinner Set For April 11 in St. Paul Get ready to take your taste buds for a wild ride with our awe-inspiring Pop-Up Dinner set for Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Paul Kitchen and Campus! Throughout the year,

Read More »
Nate with bag

Client Meal Delivery Bags

Open Arms Introduces New & Improved Meal Delivery Bags At Open Arms of Minnesota, we approach every facet of our programming with the utmost dedication. We believe that every element, from the tiniest grain of rice to the smallest kernel of corn, holds significance.

Read More »
Mercedes and Hal, clients.

Our Clients In Focus: Mercedes & Hal

Meet Mercedes, one of the nearly 200 caregivers Open Arms is currently serving and her husband, Hal. When Hal was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure last year, Mercedes faced new challenges, including his new diet. When Mercedes needed help, Open Arms entered the picture and changed everything.  

Read More »
End Of Year Giving Graphic

Your Gift Will Help Us Serve More Clients!

Together we can continue to meet the increased demand for medically tailored meals with your support! We hope you think of us as you consider your year-end giving. Your donation is a gift of care, compassion, and encouragement!