Fruit and seed crunchies

October 16, 2010 in Baking, Snacks, Sweet treats

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.

 

OTHER IDEAS:

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!

 

6 responses to Fruit and seed crunchies

  1. have you calculated the sugar in the dried fruit into the calorie content when you say it’s ‘low in sugar’? It never worries me but if you were dieting was just wondering… they look good though

  2. hi there, no I have not calculated the nutritional content. This recipe is purely based on the fundimentals of a low Gi diet. By decreasing sugar and fat content (where possible) and increasing fibre be it from dried fruit(unsugared), nutty wheat flour and oats.
    This is probably not the best bikkie if counting calories, but if eaten in moderation, it can be a really healthy snack.
    P.s I’m looking into getting a program to work out nutritional content, so watch this space! :-)

  3. These are full of such yummy goodies, I’ll have to try them! Thanks :)

  4. It looks delish!!! A few of those right now with a cup of tea would be awesome!!!

  5. Absolutely wonderful!! I will definitely make this for my children!!

  6. I love your fotos!

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