These biscuits aren’t your regular healthy flavourless biscuits, they’re soft, chewy and most importantly full of nutritious ingredients. They don’t take long to make and whether you’re having them for breakfast or as a snack throughout the day these biscuits are a healthy alternative to a food that is traditionally considered a treat.
Healthy and delicious banana, date and chia biscuits
This recipe comes from Inspiro Dietitian Liam Beecroft.
These are fantastic for healthy snacks that are convenient to take to work or for giving to the kids in lunch boxes or after school when they are "starving!". And most importantly, they are aren't hard to make.
Prep time for these biscuits is 15 minutes, cooking time is 25 minutes and cooling time is 15 minutes.
What’s so nutritious about these biscuits?
They contain oats which have a low GI and help to lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels, which can help prevent heart disease and diabetes. They also contain flaxseeds and chia seeds which are rich in Omega-3 an essential fatty acid which further helps to prevent heart disease. Lastly, bananas, dates, oats, flaxseeds and chia seeds are all packed with fibre to help regulate bowel movements and keep you fuller for longer (like these homemade bars).
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Nutritional information per biscuit:
- Per biscuit: 730Kj
- 5g protein
- 25g carbohydrates
- 4.5g fat (0.5 saturated
- 3g polyunsaturated fat
- 1g monounsaturated fat
- 7g fibre
These quantities make roughly 12 biscuits. You can double the quantity to do double the number of biscuits.
- 1 cup chopped pitted dates
- 1 cup wholemeal flour
- 1 cup oats
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 1/3 cup flaxseed meal
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup ripe mashed bananas (roughly 2-3 medium sized bananas)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
- ½ cup low fat milk
Here's what your biscuits should look like:
- Preheat oven to 180°C
- Boil kettle, chop dates and place in a bowl, cover dates in boiling water and let sit for 5 minutes to soften
- In a large bowl add dry ingredients together; wholemeal flour, oats, nutmeg, cinnamon, chia seeds and flaxseed meal
- Drain dates and mash bananas with a fork, add dates, banana, vanilla essence and milk into the dry mix
- Mix all ingredients with your hands or wooden spoon until one consistent texture
- Line tray with baking paper and spray with oil, using a spoon, ice cream scoop or a ¼ cup place uniform portions onto the tray and lightly press down the tops
- Place tray in oven and bake biscuits for roughly 25 minutes
- Allow biscuits to cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack