How To Make Healthy Belvita-Style Biscuits
I remember that when Belvita biscuits first went on sale, before my clean-eating days, there was much excitement in our house. Biscuits for breakfast? How had no one come up with this idea before??
Breakfast biscuits aren’t for everyone of course, but on those occasions when you have to get up and out quickly in the morning, ‘on the go’ options are always helpful – I’m thinking specifically of school mornings when I say this, when my children are being particularly unhelpful ….. Master N getting undressed at the breakfast table and running around the kitchen shrieking ‘BUM BUM WILLY!!!!!’ and Miss N having a meltdown because I won’t let her go to school dressed as Tinkerbell – that was my morning, how was yours?
Genuine Belvita biscuits are tasty enough, although these days I find them far too sweet. The UK ingredients list for Belvita cocoa biscuits include refined sugar, refined white flour, fat reduced diphosphate, soya lecithin, E472e (Diacetyltartaric acid esters) and flavouring.
On the whole, I prefer more nutrition for breakfast. So I took the good ingredients from the list – whole grain spelt and wheat flours, cocoa powder, oats and milk, and made my own, clean-eating version. The end result was biscuits that honestly taste like the originals, only better because they are healthier.
How I made them
The texture of the Belvita chocolate biscuits is quite fine, so I blitzed my oats in a blender so that they were more finely ground into flour.
Then I mixed the rest of the dry ingredients together (whole grain wheat flour, whole grain spelt flour, coconut sugar, baking powder and baking soda) until well combined.
I poured in my oil and almond milk into the bowl and stirred well to incorporate all of the flour.
Then I used my hands to ball the dough together, lightly kneading a few times to ensure the dough would stay together. The mixture should be moist but crumbly at the same time!
I divided the dough in half and placed one half between 2 sheets of baking paper. Then I rolled the dough out until it was approximately 0.5cm. I cut my biscuits out in the shape of Belvitas but you can use any cookie cutter shapes that you have. Use a pallet knife to carefully place each biscuit onto a baking tray lined with more baking paper. Cut out all of the dough, then repeat for the remaining half. I got 16 biscuits out of my dough.
Then I baked them in the oven for just under 20 minutes.
I’m not a brilliant baker, so no one was more surprised than me by just how like Belvita biscuits these taste. The texture is slightly more robust because these biscuits contain more whole grains, and they don’t taste quite as sweet – but they are plenty sweet enough I promise.
These are perfect with a cup of tea, either at breakfast, or for the more traditional of you, for a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack.
100% whole grain and 100% clean-eating, with slow-releasing energy. Enjoy!
Full recipe for Homemade Belvita-Style Breakfast Biscuits
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