I love to be healthy, I really do. But sometimes when a girl has a cup of tea or coffee, she just wants a yummy biscuit to go alongside it. That is a healthy reaction to tea or coffee!
Enter my Pecan Cacao biscuits. Well, perhaps ‘Cacao with a Pecan on top’… but that name is far too long, right?
These use pure maple syrup and rice malt syrup for sweetness instead of the regular white or brown sugar, and there is only 25 grams of butter which, compared to other chocolate biscuits, is super low – but they still taste chocolatey & delicious & hit all the biccie cravings. Well, for me anyway – if you’re used to store bought chocolate biscuits or are new to reducing your sugar intake, be warned that these are richer, darker and far less sweet. Perhaps drizzle them with milk chocolate the first time you bake to ease you into them…. and if you have a Nonna that loves her dairy milk, don’t expect her to pay you complements when you visit with them!
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons of pure maple syrup
- 5 teaspoons of rice malt syrup
- ½ a teaspoon of vanilla bean paste
- 25 grams of unsalted butter, melted
- ½ a cup of cacao powder (cacao is raw and unprocessed and will taste better, cocoa has been roasted and processed)
- ½ a cup of self raising flour
- ½ a cup of plain flour
- 16 pecans
- A few squares of 85% dark chocolate (or chocolate of your choice)
- Lightly whisk the egg, maple syrup, rice malt syrup and vanilla bean paste together.
- Add the melted butter and stir quickly and well.
- In another bowl, combine the cacao powder and flours. Make a well in the middle.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and combine well.
- On a tray lined with baking paper, form the mix into 16 balls (about a dessert spoon worth of mix each).
- Press a pecan into each biscuit and bake at 160 degrees celcius for approximately 15 minutes (they will be soft when you take them out of the oven, but become more biscuit-y as they cool).
- Once the biscuits are completely cool, melt your chocolate (I do this in the microwave, just be sure not to overheat - 30 seconds, stir... 30 seconds, stir..) and drizzle over the biscuits.
Serve with tea or coffee – that is the point, right?
I love these biscuits and I am sure to try variations of them over the coming (cold!) months as they were so easy!
In other news, I am making plans for Healthy Natty – a new web site, new posts, interviews with some people I admire, how I keep fit and more on my CFS experience. I’d love to hear if there’s anything you’d like to see more of.