Cheese and Chia Seed Biscuits

A great biscuit recipe I’ve devised with some super healthy ingredients. Combined with lots of cheese these make an excellent after school snack that will be devoured! The smell of them baking is so good.


I add Nutritional Yeast to this recipe because it has a strong cheese like taste, much like parmesan, and is a great source of B vitamins especially B12. You don’t have to be vegan to use this food, it is great to add to recipes to raise the nutritional profile. I use the Marigold brand, sold in all good health food shops.


You could make these biscuits with your kids at a weekend and freeze some of the dough ready to bake one morning before school. If you can encourage your children to have savoury rather than sweet snacks it is really advantageous for so many health reasons, not least their dental health.


The chia seeds add good omega 3 fats into children's diets, which is excellent for brain health and a great anti-inflammatory food.



Ingredients:

120g wholemeal spelt flour

100g butter

100g mature cheddar grated

2 tbsps Nutritional Yeast (optional, yet excellent addition)

2 tbsp chia seeds

1tsp oregano


Instructions:

- Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.

- Rub together the flour and butter until you have a crumb like mixture.

- Add the rest of ingredients, mix well and use hands to form into a dough .

- Split the dough into 4 quarters and roll each one into a thick cylindrical shape.

- Wrap the dough cylinders in cling film and place in the fridge for half an hour*.


- After refrigerating, you can slice the cylinder into biscuits, approx 5mm thick.

- Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 mins until golden. Leave to cool.


*At this point some of the cylindrical rolls of dough can be frozen and used another time. I like to take the dough out the freezer the night before, leave to defrost overnight and then pop in the oven in the morning whilst having breakfast, so they are ready to take to school as part of their morning snack.

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