Honey Spice Biscuits
These biscuits are a healthy snack. Great for filling the gap between breakfast and lunch.
250g margarine spread
½ cup honey
2 Teaspoons Vanilla
150g hazelnut meal
125g crumbed walnuts
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons nutmeg
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 cup sunflower seeds
½ cup chia seeds
½ cup coconut flour
¾ cup gluten free SR flour
Heat oven to 160 degrees Celsius.
Place spread and honey in a bowl and cream the mixture. Add vanilla, spices and hazelnut meal and mix. Add crumbed walnuts, chia seeds and sunflower seeds, mix. Add coconut flour and SR Flour and mix.
Cover baking trays with baking paper. Roll mixture into balls using a teaspoon to determine desired quantity. Bake in oven for 20 minutes. When cooled, remove from tray and store in an air-tight container.
Makes around 25 biscuits. Biscuits will be crumbly when hot.
This recipe is based on a four ingredient Melting Moments recipe I was given by a friend. I used an electric blender to mix the ingredients.
As my mother had gestational diabetes, I am left with insulin resistance. Hence, this recipe is low GI (glycaemic index). There are several ways the GI is reduced:
· SR flour – a small amount of flour is used to bind the ingredients only as SR flour is high GI.
· Honey – I use a flower blend as this type of honey is lower GI than the usual commercial honeys. Also, I use a small amount in comparison to the other ingredients.
· Vanilla and spices – I have a sweet tooth, so I use a lot of spice in my recipes. Spices are a great substitute for sugar. They improve the taste and reduce the need for sweetness.
· Nuts and seeds – are low GI and full of fibre, hence these biscuits have a high content of these ingredients.
· Spread – I use Nuttelex original spread as I do not suffer from food intolerance from its ingredients. Any spread can be used, but if you use butter you may need a dash of warm water to soften it.
· Coconut flour – this flour tends to make the mixture dry. Watch that you limit the amount used or it may be too dry to make into balls.
· Dried fruit – sultanas, dried apricots, or any other type of dried fruit can be added. But, if you want a low GI version, keep these to a minimum.