Who doesn’t love an authentic cannoli? This is one of my favorite Italian desserts that my Nonna would always make. There are many variations of a cannoli but a traditional Sicilian Cannoli contains a sweet ricotta filling with a flakey, crispy shell. I’ve taken it upon myself to create a healthier alternative to your traditional cannoli. Aren’t you excited??!!
You can make this decadent homemade Italian cannoli at home without all the hard work with the help from New Grains Gluten Free Bakery. You can order their Gluten-Free Cannoli Dough and they will ship it right to your door step. It doesn’t get much easier than that! Their gluten-free products have the simplest, wholesome ingredients which is why I love using their products.
The instructions for the Cannoli Tubes suggest frying them in canola oil but I decided to bake mine instead using an egg wash to create a golden brown, crispy exterior. The secret behind this magic egg wash is what is known as the Maillard Reaction. When exposed to extreme heat, the proteins from the egg wash and the sugar from the pastry dough create a reaction, yielding our desired golden brown appearance. This egg wash also holds another function, binding together the edges of the dough!
As for the filling, I’ve opted out of the traditional sweet ricotta filling and created chickpea cookie dough to stuff inside of these bad boys. That makes this treat a good source of protein, fiber, magnesium and folate. What better excuse to indulge in a cannoli??
I used the top of a mason jar to cut out circles from my dough then rolled the dough in one direction making the circles into ovals.
Use your egg wash to bind the edges of the dough together.
Once their baked and cooled you can dip them into your melted chocolate wafers!
Yields 12 Cannolis
1 package Gluten-Free Cannoli Dough from New Grains Gluten-Free Bakery
1 15oz can chickpeas (no salt added)
1/2 cup egg whites
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup chocolate melting wafers
1/3 cup natural peanut butter
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
For the Cannoli Tubes
Chickpea Cookie Dough Filling
I highly recommend filling them right before serving them. If you won’t be serving them all right away, store the remaining unfilled shells in an airtight container until they are ready to be filled.