The recipe below is one I have modified from the CWA Cookery Book to create a more nutrient dense version that passes the reduced sugar, high protein, high fibre and most importantly kid taste bud test. I did try making these with pure stevia for a fructose free version but they were bloody awful, so don't go there.
I have made some comments after the recipe about spelt and rapadura sugar for those who aren't familiar with these ingredients.
Chocolate Rough Biscuits (Go Mum! Style)
120g butter, soft (the real stuff)
1/3 cup rapadura sugar*
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/2 cups coconut
2 tbls chia seeds
1 cup spelt flour*
2 tsp baking powder
2 tbs Organic raw cacao
1/2 - 1 tablespoon of melted cocount oil (if needed)
- Beat the butter and the sugar.
- Add the egg and vanilla and beat again.
- In a separate large bowl, mix the cocount, chia, spelt, baking powder and cacao together with a wooden spoon.
- Gradually add the wet mixture to the dry stiring until combined.
- Roll into balls then press down with a fork. If you find the mixture is too dry to hold together, add the coconut oil little by little until desired consistency is reached.
- Bake at 170 degrees celcius for approx 15 minutes, until firm.
These biscuits freeze really well or will keep in an airtight container in the cupboard for a week.
You can also make these in the Thermomix by just throwing everything in and mixing on speed 3 until it all comes together.
These biscuits are chocolately but not overly sweet. I make mine with 1/3 cup of sugar but if wanted them sweeter, you could go to 1/2 cup.
*Rapadura is different to other sugars as it has not been cooked at high temperatures or had the molasses extracted. It is pure sugar cane juice which is extracted using a press and then evaporated over low heat while stirred. It is also organic and so does not contain any chemicals or anti-caking agents. Because it has a richer flavour than white sugar you don't need to use as much. Yay!
*Spelt flour is an ancient grain that packs a higher nutrient punch that regular wheat flour. It has very high levels of protein and dietary fibre as well as iron, magnesium, zinc, selenium, vitamin B6 and folic acid (to name a few). And it behaves pretty much like regular flour so it is easy to substitute. If you would like to learn more about the health benefits of spelt, here is an article that might help.