{Healthy Snacks} Oat, Bran and Prune Biscuits

healthy oat biscuits

My 18 month old daughter often has constipation issues.  (Yeah, that probably isn’t how you expected a recipe post to start out, huh?)  Anyway, so when I stumbled across this biscuit recipe on the Vegie Smugglers blog, I thought it seemed the perfect recipe to adapt to get some poo promoting ingredients into her little tummy.  I also always love a recipe that helps me get some folate rich oats into her.

I actually used Homebrand Processed Bran sticks rather than Allbran as per the original recipe, because after reading the labels, it seemed they had a lower sugar content.  I substituted prunes in for saltanas, but you could really use any dried fruit you wanted.  And I added extra bran powder, but if you don’t need so much poo power, you could definitely leave it out.  But hey, it’s always good to be regular, right?

bran sticks

Oat, Bran and Prune Super Poo Biscuits (I’m so good at making things sound appealing)

Ingredient Set 1:

½ cup self-raising flour
1½ cups oats
¼ cup bran sticks (e.g. Allbran cereal)
2 tbsp bran powder (optional)
3 tbsp sesame seeds
¼ tsp cinnamon
Pinch salt
½ cup chopped prunes (or dried fruit of choice)

Ingredient Set 2:

60g butter, softened
½ cup brown sugar
1 egg

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius.
2. Mix together Ingredient Set 1.
3. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar from Ingredient Set 2, then mix through the egg.
4. Fold everything together, roll into ping pong sized balls, put on lined oven tray and pop in the oven for 12-15 minutes.

oat bran biscuits

It is a super easy recipe to whip up start to finish and definitely one of those “blank canvas” recipes – you could adapt this to your heart’s content!   I’m imagining versions with grated apple or chocolate chips or cranberries… maybe even zucchini for hidden veggie goodness??

I was going to add chia seeds but forgot right up until the last moment, so I just rolled the dough balls in the seeds instead, which actually worked quite well.

I’d love to hear of any versions you may come up with!

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Dips/Snacks Recipe: Creamy Blue Cheese Dip

I made this blue cheese dip for Christmas day nibbles and it was a blue cheese lover’s dream!  If you don’t like blue cheese – you won’t like this dip!  But if you do… well, this is an incredibly versatile creamy creation, the uses of which are limited only by your imagination.

It is based on this recipe from the Closet Cooking blog.  While writing out the recipe, I forgot to transcribe the bit about the lemon juice… so the dip I made has no lemon juice and it was very tasty!  I look forward to trying it with lemon juice sometime to see if it’s better with or without.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup blue cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
salt and pepper
fresh chopped herb of choice (optional)

Method:

Crumble that creamy tasty moldy piece of goodness that is your blue cheese.

Add the sour cream and mayonnaise.

Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper to taste.  Mix.

At this point, you can add in your herb of choice if desired – the original recipe calls for dill, but as I didn’t have any, I just sprinkled some chopped fresh chives over the top for that zing of green colour.

As easy as that!

You can make this dip as chunky or smooth as you like, and have it with crackers, veggie sticks, onion rings, or whatever else your taste buds desire.

God I love cheese!