I have officially finished my university degree!!! I am now an actual adult. So long student life, being perpetually broke, and living in my own filth; hello to the new sophisticated working lady!
And to celebrate this new chapter in my life, I baked some vegan gluten free biscuits! They are also paleo friendly and low carb, so you can treat yourself to a couple with a hot cup of tea without feeling all that guilty. Or you can do what I did and eat half of them raw (no egg in the recipe is a dangerous thing), then eat 2 more fresh out the oven and not have dinner… Whatever floats your boat…
Ingredients (yields roughly 28 biscuits)*
2 + 1/4 cups almond meal
1/2 cup crushed pistachios
1/4 baking powder
1/4 bicarb soda
1 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 maple syrup or honey (I used a combination)
1 tsp vanilla essence
Notes: * Recipe adapted from Will Frolic for Food
- In a large mixing bowl add all the dry ingredients (apart from the pistachios) and combine.
- In a medium mixing bowl whisk together all the wet ingredients.
- Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredient bowl and gradually add the wet mixture. Combine until a sticky dough forms, then fold in the crushed pistachios.
- Transfer the dough on to a sheet of cling film, wrap up and leave in the freezer to harden for up to 10 minutes. This will firm up the dough so you can roll it into a cylinder with minimum mess.
- After the 10 minutes take the dough out the freezer and separate it into two balls. Place each ball in a separate piece of cling film, fold the cling film in half and over the dough, then roll into a cylinder. You should be left with two dough logs wrapped in cling film.
- Place both logs in the freezer for 30 minutes. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP! However tempting it may be, the coconut oil needs to completely solidify or you’ll be left with a gloopy mess when you put the biscuits in the oven.
- Whilst the dough is hardening, preheat the oven to 180C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- After the 30 minutes is up take the dough out of the freezer. It should be rock hard! Use a knife to cut 1/2 inch slices and place evenly on the baking tray. You may need to bake in two batches.
- Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until the edges begin to go golden brown. Keep an eye on them, especially if you have a fan oven as I slightly over cooked mine!!
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely on a wire rack. They will be quite soft fresh out the oven, they harden during the cooling process.
- Enjoy with a cup of tea!