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Wednesday, 27 December 2006

getting overwhelmed with rich food? (try health biscuits)

Filed under: food & drink,posts with recipes,starter — ejm @ 19:03 EDT

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One of the things I love about Christmas is how many fabulous goodies there are. But they do take their toll, don’t they?

A couple of years ago, my sister-in-law sent some wonderful homemade Health Biscuits. Of course, I asked for the recipe, which she sent immediately, saying that it was very easy. It has been sitting on my desk since then…. But FINALLY I got it together and made them just before Christmas.

Why oh why did I wait?! They are dead easy to make and they taste fantastic. (They don’t look quite as great as they taste though. I’d show you a photograph, if only I could find the photos that I could have sworn I took!! And now there aren’t crackers any left. Remind me to make them again soon.)

Don’s Health Biscuits

  • 3 c rolled oats (D calls for oat flakes)
  • 2 c unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ c flax seeds
  • ½ c wheat bran
  • ½ c wheat germ
  • ½ c oat bran
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • ¾ c olive oil
  • 1 c water
  • 3 Tbsp honey


  1. Stir wet ingredients together.
  2. In another bowl, mix dry ingredients together.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well. (Let your hands be your friends.)
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out as thinly as possible. (Put the dough between two sheets of waxed paper)
  5. Cut into squares with a pizza cutter and place the squares on an ungreased, parchment papered cookie tray.
  6. Bake at 300F for about 20 minutes. Allow to cool before storing in a tin.

These are delicious on their own or with blue cheese dip, roasted red pepper pate, sliced cheese…

The really terrific thing about these crackers is that health freaks will like them because they’re made with olive oil, honey, bran, seeds, etc. But regular folk who love to eat LOTS of butter and sugar will also like them because they taste so good!

Oh yes. One more thing. They’re not just for Christmas. At least not in our household. I think we’ll be having these often all year round.

  • Paz

    LOL! Hurry up and find those pics! Your cookies do sound delicious. I have to find out what rolled oats are, though. We need more healthy biscuits. Happy Holidays!


  • Paz

    Happy New Year!


  • ilingc

    Happy New Year Elizabeth! :)

  • MrsBrown

    I made these today and sure enough, the local health freak loves them. I didn’t dislike them but I didn’t like them enough to make them again. The local health freak will, no doubt, make them again on his own…until he finds out how much rolling you have to do! Perhaps I’ll have to make do with the left over shortbread.

  • ejm

    And a Happy New Year to you as well, Paz and ilingc.

    Alas the photos that I can’t find must have been erased. I haven’t yet remade the crackers but plan to soon. I’ll post photos then (yikes – so many photos to post of various things from December!!)

    Really MrsBrown? You don’t like them enough to make them again? I adore them!! They’re easily as satisfying as shortbread for me. And I really like serving them on the same plate as cheese cookies. I like to eat a “heart-attack-on-a-plate” then immediately follow it with a health biscuit as a palate cleanser.

    I wonder if what kind of olive oil is used makes a difference to the flavour of the health crackers. Did you use really good quality olive oil, MrsBrown? I bet you could also add other kinds of seeds as well to enhance the flavour. Oooooh, I just remembered an amazing granola I had years ago that had poppy seeds, sesame seeds and coconut flakes in it. Maybe those would be good additions. (Or would the presence of the coconut make it so the crackers would no longer be “health” crackers?)

    edit: one more thing… I wonder also if the presence of oat bran makes a big difference to the flavour. We didn’t have any oat bran when I made them in December so I substituted wheat bran (or was it wheat germ??) Errrrr… memory going… errrrrrrrr :lalala:

  • Jeanne

    These sound gorgeous – rather like the rough oatcakes that I’m addicted to over here in London. They are seriously the BEST with cheese, so I imagine these little guys would be too. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • ejm

    I like oatcakes too but I really love these crackers. They’re a little more delicate tasting than the rough oatcakes I’ve had here. Perhaps the wheat germ and flax seeds smooth out the flavour.

    I hope you like them, Jeanne. Do let me know how they turn out.

  • MyKitchenInHalfCups

    Happy New Year Elizabeth!
    These sound really top notch good even if they are healthy.
    Heart attck on a plate followed with health biscuits ;-)

    Happy New Year to you too, Tanna! And thank you for the reminder to make these biscuits! (I can’t believe I forgot to make them this year. The arteries to what’s left of my brain must be clogged. :hohoho: :-) :hohoho:) -Elizabeth


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