Chocolate, cranberry and cinnamon biscuits
25th August 2009

Chocolate, cranberry and cinnamon biscuits

By Emma Photography by Emma
 

I’ll be the first to admit that I have developed an annoying habit.  I blame it on my Mum.  Her health conscious ways have rubbed off on me, spawning little habits and behaviours such as the one in question.  This particular habit sees me performing cosmetic surgery of sorts on recipes whose sugar and fat content I find particularly offensive.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m no maniacal, health-obsessed diet freak starving myself of life’s pleasures.  Au contraire.  My friends and family will happily attest to the fact that I am always the first to help myself to the largest piece of cake on the plate and then go back for seconds without the slightest hesitation.  It’s just that I see potential.  If I can make a recipe taste just as good with less of those unhealthy ingredients then everyone’s happy.  I’ve halved the oil content in a carrot cake recipe to be told it was the best carrot cake, ever.  I’ve trimmed countless grams of butter from risotto recipes to have guests go back for seconds, and thirds, and then ask for the recipe.  And if that isn’t proof that cutting back on the calories doesn’t have to compromise taste, then perhaps this recipe is.

These chocolate-cranberry-studded biscuits are softer and more moist than their traditional counterparts, which means they won’t keep quite as long.  The addition of the quinoa gives the biscuits a nutty, almost chewy bite, providing a nice contrast to the apple. These are delicious served with a steaming hot cup of Chai for an after dinner treat.

Ingredients

Makes 28 small biscuits
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  • 1 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup cranberries
  • 125g chocolate, roughly chopped
  • ¾ cup cooked quinoa, well drained
  • 1 apple, grated
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil (I used rice bran oil)

Method

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  • 1. Preheat the oven to 180C and grease a baking tray
  • 2. Sift the flour and cinnamon into a large bowl.
  • 3. Mix in the brown sugar, cranberries, chocolate and quinoa.
  • 4. In a separate bowl mix together the grated apple and the oil.
  • 5. Add the apple mixture to the dry ingredients and mix to combine.
  • 6. Place spoonfuls of the mixture onto the greased baking tray and bake for 30 minutes
 

COMMENTS

  1. Ashlie

    I too try to trim sugar and oil (and add whole grains)… like you said, it often produces results better than their full fat coutner parts, why eat extra calories for no benefit! Can’t wait to try this.

  2. I love altering recipes to that of a more health friendly version as often I can. Cookies are a hard one for me, but these… these look and sound amazing!!!! I will give them a try! :)

  3. I would’ve never thought of adding Quinoa to a biscuit recipe but these look great! I love the nutty texture of Quinoa and the nutritional stats don’t hurt either!

 

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