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How to make Healthy Digestive Biscuits

Updated: Apr 30, 2021

Perfect recipe for school snacks or sugar free biscuits

This easy to follow recipe is a great one for the kids. These an also be made sugar free so a great treat for those avoiding sugar in their diets. Want to know how? Just follow the recipe below:


  • 175g spelt flour (white, or plain flour)

  • 150g oatmeal

  • 150g margarine (not included)

  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 4 tbsp golden syrup, maple syrup or milk (not included)


  • Sieve the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and add the butter or margarine. Rub the fat into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.

  • Add the maple syrup or golden syrup or milk (depending on which version you want to make) and bring the mixture together into a ball using your hands.

  • Flatten the dough into a thick disc ready for rolling out. Cover with cling film and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 170°C fan / Gas Mark 4

  • Remove your biscuit dough from the fridge and roll out to about 3 to 4 mm thick.

  • Use a 6 cm circle cutter to cut biscuits.

  • Place the biscuits onto your baking trays – use a fork to make a basic pattern on the biscuits.

  • Bake in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes until lightly browned. If you like a really crisp biscuit, switch the oven off and leave them in for another 5 minutes or so.

  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

  • Optional: decorate with melted chocolate.

  • Store in an airtight container.

NB: Use golden syrup instead of maple syrup if you want a sweeter biscuit made with sugar.

If you prefer a totally sugar free biscuit, omit the maple syrup and use 3 to 4 tablespoons of milk and flavour with ½ teaspoon of salt.

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