In a stroke of Mad Men-esque genius, someone, somewhere, sometime ago, came up with the idea that a biscuit containing oats and a few whole grains could be called a granola bar, and marketed as a healthy alternative to biscuits, a healthy snack to eat on the go or even replace your breakfast with. Inspired. Despite having the same saturated fat, pure sugar and sodium levels as your average jammy dodger, in today’s health-conscious world granola bars, with their grainy texture and angelic connotations have become the go-to snack in a rush, the thing to keep in your handbag for when you’re hungry and in a rush.
These biscuits are my version of granola bars. Only I’ll cut out all the marketing and give it to your straight. They’re biscuits. They are made with butter and sugar, and yes there are oats and apple chunks in there but alas that still doesn’t make them health foods (though I reckon they contribute at least half to your 5-a-day). That said, made yourself I suspect these would work out a lot cheaper than a box of fancy health-benefit-claiming bars too. They’re really quick to make and last long enough you can have one in your lunchbox every day this week.
Apple, cinnamon and oat biscuits
Adapted slightly from Joy the Baker
As has almost become second nature now when making recipes from U.S. sources I have reduced the sugar somewhat. I have a sweet tooth, but I like my biscuits to taste of something other than sugar. These are still sweet, just not sickly.
1/2 stick butter, room temperature
1/3 cup golden granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup gf flour blend
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 cup gf oats
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
Pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 medium apple
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1. Preheat oven to 180 C.
2. Cream the butter and the sugar together until pale and creamy. Stir in the vanilla extract and beaten egg.
3. Stir the gf flour blend, xanthan gum, oats, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon together. Fold these into the butter and sugar mix.
4. Peel, core and dice the apple. Toss with the lemon juice to prevent it from browning (even in the oven) and stir this into the batter. Chill batter in the fridge for 15 minutes.
5. Using a tablespoon drop scoops of the batter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet about an inch or two apart, as they will spread a bit. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until going lightly brown at the edges.