Fruit and seed crunchies
Last week I had to develop a low fat and low GI snack. I pondered long and hard and eventually came up with these bikkies. They are packed with cranberries, dried apricots, mixed seeds and oats. The fat and sugar content is low in comparison to many other biscuit recipes I have seen. They are delicious and you don’t feel bad eating 2 or 3 of these with your tea. I can guarentee you won’t eat more than that because it is no.10 on the satiety scale, with all the slow energy release oats, high fibre dried fruit and omega fatty acid rich seeds. These will be great crumbled up and sprinkled onto your yoghurt in the morning. What great timing, Inspiration set a biscuit challenge last week, so I thought why not share with you all!
Makes +- 25 biscuits
You will need:
125 g soft margarine(e.g Flora)
250 ml brown sugar
5 ml vanilla essence
4 egg whites
250 ml cake flour
5 ml baking powder
125 ml nutty wheat flour
750 ml rolled oats
250 ml mixed seeds(sunflower, pumpkin ans sesame)
250 ml dried cranberries
125 ml chopped apricots
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
In a large bowl, cream the marg and sugar until light and fluffy, add the vanilla and then pour the egg whites bit by bit beating continuously until combined.
Add all the remaining ingredients into the bowl and stir until well combined, damp and sticky.
Squash into small balls and place onto a greased baking tray.
Press the balls down with fork.
Bake for 10 minutes then reduce the temperature to 170 degrees and bake for a further 10 minutes. Allow to cool.
Replace seeds with 250 ml of dessicated coconut(this will increase the fat content though).
Add some cinnamon or all spice to the mixture if you like.
Replace the cranberries with any other dried fruit, eg. sultanas, raisins, chopped dates etc.
Now look at that! Bursting with goodness!