You are looking at my latest recipe adventure: 3-Layered Walnut Petite Fours! Healthy chocolate covered walnut petite fours featuring matcha and aronia powder for a really cool layer effect. If you have matcha for breakfast why not have a petite four instead?! The base is sort of similar to marzipan but these use walnuts so it’s not really marzipan but actually better since walnuts are crazy high in omega-3 fats, along with high amounts of copper, manganese, molybdenum, and biotin! The inspiration for this recipe came from a video I watched showing a girl creating a rainbow cookie and I figured I wanted to use matcha and aronia powder to create a 3 layer effect for those beauties. So keep reading – these are so much easier than you would think.
- 200g walnuts
- 100g date sugar
- tsp vanilla
In your blender, blend the walnuts so you get a thick paste. Don’t overmix it otherwise you will end up with walnut butter (if that happens just add more oatmeal). Remove the walnut paste from the blender and transfer into a clean bowl. Here you add the date sugar and vanilla. Mix everything with your hands.
Divide the dough into 4 parts. Now you can create your variations which become your layers. I have used matcha and aronia powder but nothing is holding you back from using carob, cocoa or any other dry freezed fruit powder that adds flavor. Or leave them plain for a literally 10 minute walnut truffle version.
Variations of 3-Layered Walnut Petite Fours
Take the first of the four parts and add 2 tbsp matcha powder (I use TEATOX matcha). Take the second part add 2 tbsp Aronia powder (beetroot, raspberry powder etc. will work too). To the third and fourth part add 1 tbsp oatmeal each. Roll the 4 parts into balls and transfer them to the fridge for 30 minutes.
Then do the following for each of the 4 balls. Take the balls out of the fridge and roll them out on waxed paper (using a rolling pin) so it won’t stick to the surface. It’s best to roll them out next to each other to make sure they all have sort of the same size. Once you have done that layer them on top of each other – starting with a plain walnut layer, then the matcha layer, followed by another plain walnut layer and finish with the aronia layer. Now remove the trim so you end up with a big square. Now cut the big square in smaller bite-size squares depending on how big you would like them. I ended up with 24 squares. Can you see the beautiful layers you created? Now return them to the freezer for an hour so they can rest and harden a bit. If they more firm it is much easier to chocolate coat them!
- 1/2 cup of melted coconut oil
- 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
- 4 tbsp agave/rice syrup
Mix the 3 ingredients well. Remove your petite fours from the freezer and dip them into the chocolate coating and let them harden on a tray lined with wax paper. Decorate your 3-Layered Walnut Petite Fours with coconut slices, sprinkles or nuts! Enjoy!