Is There Such a Thing as a Healthy Biscuit Recipe?

shortbread with strawberry dip

OK, so I’m not entirely sure that a biscuit can be considered healthy, but this biscuit recipe for wholemeal shortbread is certainly much healthier than most other biccies you can buy or make.

The wholemeal flour gives you a fibre boost, it uses less sugar than most biscuit recipes, and to add even more health points you can dip it in our easy-to-make strawberry compote.

 

Stuff You Need

Wholemeal Biscuitsingredients for strawberry compote

  • 100g butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 150g wholemeal or granary flour

Strawberry Compote (for dipping)

  • 400g strawberries
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1tbsp water

 

Let’s Get Started – Biscuits

1. Mix together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Preheat the oven to 180c, 350f, gas 4.

2. Add the flour and work it into a dough using a spoon.

3. Roll out the dough to about the thickness of a £1 coin (3mm or so)

4. Use cookie cutters to cut out the dough, or use a butter knife (or similarly blunt knife) to cut your dough into fingers.

5. Bake for 10 minutes and check that they are golden. Give them a couple of extra minutes if they still look pale.

Remember: Biscuits are often soft when you take them out of the oven, but will firm up as they cool.

 

Let’s Get Started – Strawberry Dipstrawberry compote in a pan

1. Mash up the strawberries with a fork, but make sure to leave lots of large pieces–don’t squish it all to a pulp, just enough to break the strawberries into pieces.

2. Put the strawberries into a pan with the lemon juice, water, and sugar.

3. Heat gently until the sugar dissolves (you shouldn’t be able to hear it when you move your spoon).

4. Turn up the heat a little, until you see little bubbles–this is called a simmer.

5. Cook for around 5 minutes, until the colour turns a brighter red and the mix looks thicker and syrupy.

6. This fruity dip can also be used on pancakes, and will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks in a sealed container.

 

This healthy biscuit recipe tastes great either with or without the dip, and makes a great addition to school lunchboxes.

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