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Fruit, Cacao and Oat Biscuits

I use a lot of nuts in my recipes but was wanted a snack option that was nut free and suitable for a variety of group environment applications-such as day care. These biscuits are the perfect snack for kids and adults alike full of goodness without the refined flours and sugars. I like to make a big batch (this recipe makes around 30 biscuits depending on the size you make them) so half can be put in the biscuit jar and the other half straight into the freezer for another time. You can replace the flour with your preferred type if you like. They are always a hit with Huds (and the husband too).
How is it loaded? Full of rolled oats which are a fantastic source of beta glucan (a powerful soluble fibre), rye flour also full of fibre and glucose control, the dried fruit (blueberries in particular) offer an antioxidant boost and cacao is actually one of the highest plant based iron sources around.
Makes approx 30
Ingredients: 
  • 2 cups of rye flour
  • 2 cups of rolled oats
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut (look for additive free)
  • 1/2 cup of dried blueberries and raisins (look for additive/oil free)
  • 1/2 cup of cacao nibs
  • 140g quality butter
  • 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup of brown rice syrup
  • 1 tsp bi carb soda

Process:

  • Preheat oven to 160C fan forced. Line 2 large baking trays with Agreena wraps or baking paper.
  • Combine the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
  • Melt the butter, olive oil and rice syrup in a medium saucepan over medium low heat and add bi carb soda. When it goes frothy, remove from the heat and mix into the dry ingredients. Stir until well combined.
  • Roll mix (approx 1 tablespoon each) into balls and pop onto the trays. Flatten until they are around 2 cm thick. Make sure they are well spaced as they will expand as they cook. 
  • Bake for approx 12 minutes until lightly browned around the edges. Cook them longer if you like a crunchier texture.
  • Leave to cool on the tray for 10 minutes and then they should be hard enough to handle and pop on a wire tray.
  • Keep them in an airtight container (they will keep for 5 days or so but doubt they will last that long) or the freezer.
  • Enjoy x

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