I’m not going to call these healthy – they do still have a fair bit of sugar in them – but they are definitely wholesome. Wholesome and delicious. And probably a great deal better for you than chocolate chip biscuits, or melting moments, or something like that. So if you feel like a bit of sweet baked goodness, but don’t want to feel too guilty about it, go for these.
They’re also really easy to make, and dairy free! You probably have all the ingredients in the pantry already, and you can chuck in a bit of whatever you feel like – that’s what I did.
1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup wheat bran
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon bi-carb soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sultanas
handful of sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
3 teaspoons chia seeds
2/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
2/3 cup light vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 170C. Whisk together the sugar, honey, eggs, oil and vanilla in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, mix together all the rest of the ingredients. Add the honey mixture to the dry mixture and stir through well.
Drop large tablespoonfuls of the mixture onto baking trays that have been lined with greaseproof paper, leaving enough room between them for spreading. Bake for about 15 minutes, then take them out of the oven and leave to cool for about 5 minutes on the trays. Transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
You could use any kind of dried fruit that you liked in these, and lose the coconut/sunflower seeds/chia seeds if you wanted to. I think they’d be good with dried cranberries and slivered almonds, or maybe chopped up dried apricots.