Afghan Biscuit Recipe | Healthier
These delicious afghans put a healthier spin on the already family favourite. Discover my simple swap outs to make them slightly healthier, along with my gluten-free swap outs so everyone can enjoy them. Perfect for the kids lunchboxes. Suitable to double and freeze. If you're gluten-free and need some help organising the ingredients in your pantry, check out the details below for my handy free Swap and Stock guide.
Author: Wick Nixon
Serves: 20 biscuits
- 200gm butter, softened
- ⅓ c coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
- ½ c spelt flour (or normal flour)
- ¼ c cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
- ¾ c wholemeal flour
- 4 Weetbix, finely crushed
- 1 c icing sugar
- 1 T cacao or cocoa powder
- 3 very small pieces of butter, about ½ teaspoon
- boiling water or
- melt some 70% dark chocolate in the microwave or over a double boiler and spread evenly over the top
- use gluten-free Weetbix
- use 1 ½ c of a homemade or store bought gluten-free baking mix, if it doesn't have guar gum or xanthan gum in it, add ½ t or as a healthier alternative, ½ c quinoa flour and ¾ c gluten-free baking mix
- To make the afghans, preheat oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Cream softened butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Sift in flour and cacao powder , then add wholemeal flour. Lastly add crushed Weetbix and stir until evenly combined.
- Using damp hands, roll into balls and place onto lined baking tray. Press down with a damp fork and bake for 15 minutes or until set. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
Note: For the gluten-free ones, I keep them in the freezer as they are slightly more crumbly so I just find if they're frozen when they go into the kids lunchboxes, they hold together better.
To make the icing, melt the chocolate in a pot over hot water until smooth. Spoon a small amount onto each afghan and place a walnut on top. Allow to set. Store in an airtight container either in the pantry or freezer.
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If you've enjoyed this recipe because it's gluten-free and you're after more direction with transitioning to being gluten-free, grab my FREE Swap & Stock – Your MUST HAVE Gluten-Free Pantry Guide which includes a ‘Swap Out Guide for Common Ingredients' & 'Stock Your Pantry for Gluten-Free Success' checklist - check out all the details HERE.