Looking for a healthier way to fill the biscuit tin? From low sugar biscuits and fruited oatmeal cookies to low fat shortbread recipes - we've plenty of biscuit and cookie recipes for a healthier choice.
These are ‘slice-and-bake’ biscuits – the roll of dough can be prepared in advance and kept in the fridge. Then, whenever biscuits are wanted, you simply slice the roll into rounds, top with pecan nuts and bake.
I like carrot cake, and my husband just loves COOKIES so I came up with this idea. It is a healthy-ish cookie and is great on the go. You can either top each cookie (while warm from the oven) with a white chocolate button and then press a walnut half on top. This is a nice alternative to icing, especially in lunch boxes as it doesn't get messy. Or you can make a nice cream cheese icing and sandwich two of the biscuits together. I always get nice comments when I serve them to family and friends.
You can feel a little bit virtuous when eating these moreish chocolate chip cookies, as they're made entirely with wholemeal flour. Perfect for kids' lunchboxes, cake sales and bringing to work! They freeze well, too!
The only sugar in these chocolate chip cookies is in the chocolate chips. Use chopped dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao for even less sugar. Chopped walnuts, which are especially heart healthy, can be used in place of pecans. These cookies freeze well.
These treats are a little different from the average cookie. They are buttery, made with half wholemeal flour and dotted with oats, chocolate chips, walnuts and Grape-Nuts cereal. Perfect for snacking on anytime of the day.
Heavenly cookies with more fibre than most - wholemeal flour, porridge oats and bran help to balance out the sugar!
These cookies are made with both plain and wholemeal flour. I think this gives them a deeper, nuttier flavour. If you prefer to make these into bars or fingers, press the cookie mixture into a Swiss roll pan and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
These chocolate chip cookies are lower in sugar, thanks to calling for half sucralose sweetener, and half brown sugar. Use a good quality dark chocolate, with at least 70% cacao. You can choose to omit the nuts, if desired. These freeze well.
This is a very low-sugar shortbread biscuit recipe. I find that the addition of vanilla helps to give it a sweeter flavour somehow; you could also use a teaspoon of vanilla extract, if desired.
These chocolate chip cookies get natural sweetness from the banana, and just a little bit of sugar to help them along. You'll notice these are a little more cake-like than typical chocolate chip cookies, but they're a healthful alternative and still delicious!
These nutty, moist cookies will cheer up mid-morning coffee or an afterschool snack. They are satisfying and packed full of healthy ingredients to restore flagging energy levels, without being too sweet. Barley flakes, which are slightly crisper than oatflakes, are available from most healthfood shops.
These granola bars were basically invented by my sister. They are amazingly good. If you let them cool completely, then they are really chewy and don't crumble.
Kwarezimal, or Lenten cookies in English, are low-fat cookies that were traditionally prepared by Maltese people to eat when they were fasting during Lent. Surprisingly, they could indeed eat these delicious cookies :) . . . even if they were fasting! Still popular to this day as a dessert or tea time snack, this is surprisingly healthy. The only honey which resembles the exquisite Malta honey is Greek Hymettus, from the mountain of that name. It is now extremely difficult to obtain the real Malta honey (which is flavoured with wild thyme).
This shortbread recipe has no butter, so it's great for those who are watching their cholesterol.
Biscotti means twice baked, a reference to the technique that gives these Italian biscuits their characteristically hard texture. Traditionally they are served after dinner, with a glass of Vin Santo for dipping, but they are also delicious with fresh fruit salad or a cup of coffee or tea at any time of day.
Lightly spiced porridge oats are combined with other natural ingredients to create moist, tasty American-style cookies.
Otherwise known as Bones of the Dead - this is my nana's recipe. Serve with wine or your favourite ice cream. They are also a great accent to a good cup of coffee.
These are great for Christmas gifts. For a richer almond flavour, use almond extract or almond liqueur instead of the vanilla.
These crunchy biscuits are perfect with tea or coffee for a low fat afternoon treat.
Here’s a healthier version of a traditional favourite. Bake quick round biscuits, or buy some fancy cutters and encourage children to have a go at making gingerbread figures or stars, and give them dried fruit or nut decorations. Whatever the shape, theses spicy, crunchy biscuits taste terrific.