Photography by Nina Thornton
Old school biscuits are the perfect accompaniment to share your morning or afternoon cup of tea. I designed these especially for kids, and the recipe comes from my book Supercharged Food for Kids as they’re a great lunchbox treat or after school bite. Sometimes snacks can be a bit of a tricky one, as you crave a morsel that is crunchy, sweet and satisfying but preferably good for you too. I’m happy to say that these nut butter biscuits tick all those boxes, as well as being packed with nutrient-dense ingredients they’re delicious and fantastically fulfilling.
The nut butter base adds a mild nutty taste that enhances the other flavours, and is abundant in protein and healthy fats, to keep you content. Almond butter is a variety you may want to use, but feel free to experiment with cashew or macadamia because they both work very well in this recipe. Extra points if you make your own too.
Coconut sugar is used as the sweetener, which has a beautiful toffee flavour and rich caramel colour. As well as being aesthetically pleasing, coconut sugar also has a low GI rating of 35, meaning it won’t spike insulin levels, and is rich in minerals, notably potassium and magnesium. If you are trying to cut down on sugar, coconut sugar is a good way to include an occasional sweet treat into your diet. You could also use xylitol or rice malt syrup in this recipe or your sweetener of choice.
I’m happy to conclude that these biscuits are a much healthier option than the packaged ones you find lurking in the supermarket, and making your own biscuits means you can control the ingredients and avoid anything artificial.
Roll on tea time.
Nut Butter Biscuits
Makes 36 biscuits
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup nut butter
- Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Beat egg, coconut sugar, baking soda and vanilla with hand-held or electric mixer
- Beat in nut butter
- Roll out mixture and use circle or star shape cutter
- Bake for 10 minutes, until lightly set and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
You can cut these into any shape you like! If you don’t have a cookie cutter, just use a knife or cup to cut circles or squares.