Easter Biscuits may become a recurrent theme. I’ve been baking these to much the same recipe for many years because we all like them. Last year’s post with the conventional recipe I use is here.
As with many things I’m trying to find healthier options and eat more Living and Activated Foods (Raw if you prefer). Living foods tend to be more nutrient dense and usually meet other dietary requirements including being much lower in sugar, usully gluten-, dairy- and egg-free; more often than not vegan and grain-free too.
Having made a start on my own recipe using inspiration from Amy Levin’s Raw Almond Biscotti recipe and noting a suggestion from Stephanie Jeffs at Explore Raw about using sunflower seeds in her Chocolate Salty Balls I discovered an Easter Biscuit recipe by Deborah Durrant of The Deliciously Raw Kitchen which I will no doubt try at some point and carried on with my own creation.
1 cup buckwheat groats, soaked 1-2 hours and sprouted 12 hours, rinse again and leave to drain for 5 minutes or so.
1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked 1-2 hours
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup coconut syrup (or other liquid sweetener of your choice)
1/2 tsp (barely) stevia extract
1 tbsp psyllium husk
1tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup mixed dried fruit soaked for 1-2 hours in juice of 1 1/2 limes, oranges or lemons
1 tsp mixed (pumpkin/apple pie) spice
Briefly pulse and then mix the buckwheat groats and sunflower seeds in a food processor.
Add the fruit and process again. Ideally you want the fruit fairly small.
Transfer to a bowl and add the remaining ingredients, mixing well.
Leave to stand for an hour or so.
Place a sheet of parchment paper on a flat surface and transfer some of the mix to the centre. Lay another sheet on top to roll this out. Roll with even pressure in both directions as though you were rolling out biscuit dough.
Use a cutter to punch out “biscuits” and transfer these to dehydrator trays
Dehydrate at 35C for 12 – 15 hours depending on your dehydrator. Check for crispness.
If satisfied you may eat/store/share as you choose.
If not completely dry dehydrate for a further couple of hours.