Having successfully devised the ultimate recipe for Gluten Free Tea Bread with No Added Sugar, I am now starting on experiments to make Gluten Free Biscuits with No Added Sugar (BTW I am English so what I call Biscuits are called Cookies in the US).
My aim is to make biscuits that my grandchildren will enjoy but that won’t add to their daily intake of added sugar.
I already have one recipe for a biscuit that has no added sugar – Grandma’s Biscuits but these are oats based so not like traditional biscuits so I want some that are a bit more “biscuity”.
Mr 4 year old particularly likes apricots, and so do the other children, so I am using them for sweetness in this set of experiments.
125 g dried apricots – pulverised in the food processor
100g GF flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
25g flax seeds (ground)
1 egg (beaten)
~4 tablespoons milk
Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper/parchment. Heat oven to 160 C fan (180 C conventional)
In the food processor cream the butter and flaxseeds
Beat in the the apricots; then the sieved flour and baking powder; and then the beaten egg .
Add sufficient milk to make a soft dough.
Spoon on the baking tray – this mixture should give about 30 biscuits. Flatten slightly with a spoon or finger.
Bake for 15-20 minutes – until set and light brown.
These biscuits turned out ok – they are not as “crumbly” as I would like. So I am considering what to change to try and get the crumbliness.
PS The younger children (2 and 3 years old) recognised these as biscuits and ate them and asked for more. The older children (4 and 5) politely ate one and refused more.
Having recently written about Sugar, Children and Gluten Free I wanted to make some biscuits with Mr 4yo without any added sugar. There are various recipes for no bake cookies, some with sugar, chocolate and the like. I concocted this recipe based on what I had in.
150g dried dates soaked in fruit tea for at least 1 hour
Round tbsp of peanut butter (about 50g)
60g GF oats
Drain the dates (discard the tea)
Pulse the dates in a food processor, until in small pieces.
Add oats and peanut butter, and mix until combined.
Roll into small balls, we got 20.
Cool in the fridge.
These are best stored in the fridge, or frozen and allowed to defrost.
Mr 4 Loved making these, and enjoyed eating his sample.
Mr 1 was offered one at snack time but turned his nose up at them without even touching (he had just woken from his nap). Later when we were packing them into a box, he indicated he wanted one, but his request was turned down as too close to dinner time.
Grandad thought they were far too sweet.
I loved them.
We still have to hear what Mr4’s family said, and his cousins haven’t tried them.
I heard from Mr 4’s parents that they liked these, and so did Mr 1. They said that they were a bit soft and that was because I had forgotten to tell them to store in the fridge!
I am definitely going to make them again – but not for Grandad…
First of all the adults who tried them all thought they were acceptable, and nice and short for a plain biscuit. My friend did suggest that children would like them better if I put icing on, but that is rather counter to keeping the amount of sugar down!
Mr 1 year old (yo) ate the one he was given and then pointed at the tin in the hope of seconds. Since the biscuits were very small (1″ square) he was lucky.
Ms 2 yo ate hers, and politely asked for more.
I took a couple of the biscuits up to school when meeting Mr 5 yo. He first ate his apple and then the biscuits. I asked for his opinion on the taste. He wasn’t sure about what could be changed, maybe a bit more orange. When we got home he asked if there were any more.
I took a couple of these and some flapjack for Mr 4 yo after his sports class. He nibbled the corner and then gave it back saying he didn’t like it, and could he have the flapjack.
So I am not sure it is worth fiddling with this recipe to get a better biscuit…
Over the past weeks I have made the children oat based cookies (either Grandma’s Flapjacks or biscuits), I have a big bag of GF oats and both are usually popular. But the other day Mr 5 years old asked about different biscuits, so I decided to try something that was chocolate. I spent quite a while in the supermarket examining chocolate chips to see if they were GF, and decided it would be safer to make biscuits with cocoa.
I also wanted to try Rice Flour so I bought a bag and thought I could try and find a recipe at home. In fact the bag had a recipe for Vanilla Cookies, I added 25g of cocoa and otherwise followed the recipe.
We have just tried them with a cup of coffee, and they were very tasty. Will have to wait to see what the children think.