Pomegranate, Cacao Nib Biscuits healthy biscuits! (or you could just go for choc chip)

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I have a thing for pomegranates. Yes, yes, I do! Last year I studied nutrition and for one subject we had to pick a “superfood” to look into.  I chose pomegranates.  I can’t honestly give you any good reason why I chose them but I did like what I found out.  Don’t worry this isn’t a nutrition lesson but they are very high in Vitamin C and a great source of antioxidants  (if you believe the growers, even higher than red wine and green tea).

Apparently pomegranates symbolise abundance, fertility and good luck, I like that.  So, I do try to come up with recipes using pomegranates every now and then (pomegranate choc chip brownies, iceblocks or as a topping on yoghurt) and I’m sure there will be more in salads coming up in the warmer months.  These bickies are great for the lunch boxes too, the girls have got them in theirs today.

You can buy pomegranate seeds in the supermarkets now if you don’t want to deseed one yourself.  However, if you do have a Thermomix you might like to check out this video on how to deseed a pomegranate in 1 second (it took me 4 seconds but let’s not quibble about that!)

Right, how do you make these little goodies then?  Scroll further down for the Thermomix method.

What you need:

100 g butter, room temperature

1 C coconut sugar (you can use any sugar you like but I went for coconut as it’s my sweetner of choice at the moment)

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

pinch salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/3 C flour ( I used Gluten Free)

1/2 C pomegranate seeds (about 1 pomegranate)

1/4 C raw cacao nibs (or choc chips as the cacao nibs can be a bit bitter tasting until you are used to them)

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 180 C and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (use an electric mixer if you can)

Add the egg and vanilla and combine well.

Add the dry ingredients slowly and mix well until a sticky dough has formed

Then add the pomegranate seeds and cacao nibs and fold through.

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Scoop out heaped teaspoons of dough on the sheets and put on the prepared tray leaving space in between for spreading.  Flatten slightly.

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Bake until golden (12 – 15 minutes) and then let cool on tray for about 5 minutes then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

Display them all nicely …. then tuck in.  Yum!

Makes 14 – 15 biscuits

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Pomegranate, Cacao Nib Biscuits healthy biscuits!

Ingredients

  • 100 g butter, room temperature
  • 140 g (1 C) coconut sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 150 g (1 1/3 C) flour - I used Gluten Free which is slightly lighter
  • seeds from 1 pomegranate
  • 50 g (1/4 C) raw cacao nibs (or good quality dark choc chips)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C and line 2 baking trays with baking paper
  2. Cream butter and sugar together 10 seconds / speed 6. Scrape sides.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla extract and combine 10 seconds / speed 3 - 4
  4. Add salt, flour and baking powder and combine 10 seconds / Reverse / Speed 3 until a thick dough has formed
  5. Add pomegranate seeds and cacao nibs and combine 10 seconds / Reverse / Speed 1
  6. To form the biscuits scoop out heaped teaspoons of dough and drop onto the prepared trays. Flatten slightly, you will need to leave space in between for spreading
  7. Bake until golden (12 - 15 minutes) and then cool on tray for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack until completely cool.
  8. Enjoy!
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 Game to try them?  Please let me know if you do and what you think?

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