Orange spice biscuits

Makes 80 small-ish biscuits

Tasty reduced sugar, whole grain biscuits. (Vegetarian, can be Vegan)

To make this recipe vegan replace the butter with coconut oil. Replace the eggs with chia seeds. (Use 3 tablespoons chia seeds and mix with 12 tablespoons water, leave it to sit for 10 minutes then add at the egg stage). If you want a lighter biscuit you could fold in a portion of aquafaba. (about 3/4 cup – as much as you get from one can chickpeas).

Ingredients

250g butter, softened

1/2 cup molasses or soft brown sugar (about 100g)

3 eggs

3 teaspoons rice malt syrup or glucose syrup

6 teaspoons vanilla essence

3 cups wholemeal flour

2 cups rolled oats

3 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground allspice

1 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoon orange oil (or zest of one orange)

2 tablespoon chia seeds

Large handful raisins (optional)

50mls water/almond milk/puréed orange if mixture too thick.

Method

Pre-heat oven to 200°C

  1. Blend butter and sugar well together (I used a food processor up to stage 6)
  2. Add eggs to the mixture one at a time until just mixed.
  3. Add vanilla essence and rice malt syrup and mix
  4. Add the spices, salt and orange oil or zest and mix.
  5. Add the flour and mix until just combined (don’t over mix or the biscuits go hard)
  6. Tip this mixture into a large bowl and stir in the oats and chia seeds.
  7. Stir in the raisins if using.
  8. If the mixture seems too thick add some extra liquid. If you used orange zest, you could purée the inside of the orange and add orange pulp, otherwise a milk or water will do.
  9. Chill for 15 minutes or a little longer if you have time.
  10. Use a good non-stick baking tray or line a tray with a silicone liner or baking paper.
  11. Place a teaspoon of mixture onto the tray and flatten with a fork or your fingers. (If they stick, dip your fingers in water first and then flatten)
  12. Place in pre-heated oven and cook for approximately 11 mins or until golden.
  13. Cool on a wire rack and try not to scoff them all at once!Store in an airtight container
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