Chewy Oat, Coconut and Sultana biscuits

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Gosh! Time has flown by. I can’t believe that by this Sunday, we will be less than 2 weeks out from possibly meeting our little baby that has been happily growing and wriggling inside me. So far, maternity leave has left me with a lot of time on my hands (after all the necessary nesting) to cook and bake. I have baked/cooked so much over the last few weeks that it makes up for the 6-8 months of me not doing much of either at all. Currently, I am a little obsessed with baking quick things to satisfy cravings and most of them end up being slices, simple cakes or cookies/biscuits. It has been a while since I have blogged and if you follow me on Instagram, you will see that I been kept busy with various projects and it has been really nice to just take a week at a time and just do whatever I want to do. A perfect way to relax and prepare for the fun that will come when our little friend arrives.

I can still remember clearly when we discovered we were pregnant and I got the list of things of things ‘not to eat’ and got really bummed out. Whilst there were heaps of options to get around the ‘no soft cheese’, no ‘raw seafood’, no ‘deli meats’ etc., I remembered getting to my 3rd month of pregnancy and realising that I had lost the joy in eating/cooking/baking any type of food. I didn’t even know who I was anymore! I had lost my food mojo. Thankfully, eating out though a little trickier made things easier as I really did not like cooking or preparing food at all. Thank goodness for UberEats!

During my first half of the pregnancy, I had some odd food aversions at the start of my pregnancy, which most of them – thankfully have dissipated and I am happy to report that I am feeling much like myself again, only sporting a massive belly with a very wriggly baby inside. I had lost almost all desire for anything sweet or cake related, developed an aversion to avocados (this one was one of the more shocking food aversions I experienced!) and lamb (one of my favourite meats)! I was getting frustrated about having to eat all my meat virtually ‘well done and beyond’ and not getting any joy at all from eating healthy and eating green food. Funny what hormones can do to you when your body is changing and preparing to host life inside you! So bizarre but amazing!

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Flash forward to my third and final trimester, I look like I am carrying around a basketball under my top and my sweet tooth is finally back!! I had lamb recently and it didn’t make me want to vomit and avocados were also back on the menu. They say that the 2nd trimester is often most people’s favourite because they feel most themselves, well, I think the third trimester apart from the heavy belly and a baby that rolls and pokes around enthusiastically (so cute!) has been pretty good to me. All my aches and sciatica pains that were so evident and hard to get past at times during my first and second trimesters have all but calmed down and apart from the recent not being able to sleep in long stretches at a time (I think the baby is preparing me for something … uh-oh…)… it is going quite well.

Anyhow…. I digress! How rude of me to be displaying these delicious looking biscuits and not talk about it. A while back, I made these simple but deliciously moorish bickies. These biscuits were the type of ‘treat’ I got behind during my first and second trimester because it was quick and if I wanted to, I could really cut back on the sugar and not really be missing it when I dunked it into my cup of tea. It was simple in flavour with a great texture, sometimes all you want is a tin or a jar of biscuits that you can quickly grab and dunk into your cup of tea. It holds so many wonderful unsaid comforting words like a hug that sometimes – just the biscuit with tea is enough to make it all okay even just for a moment.

When I whipped these up, I had no idea what I should call these haha! Is it a chewy cookie? Or a biscuit with just the right amount of chewiness to make it the perfect tea companion? Naturally, I googled it and found the below explanation of the difference between biscuits and cookies. It was NOT helpful! haha.

So, I have decided to call these …. ‘biscuits’ and they are the perfect blend of crunch, chewy goodness, spice and sweetness. It holds itself together while you dunk it gleefully into a cup of tea and soaks up all the tea.

What are your favourite simple go-to recipes? I am sometimes so lazy that if I find a recipe and it takes me longer than 40 minutes prep time or I have less than 2 of the essential ingredients, I move straight past it onto something else that may be a quicker and more convenient option.

Also, make these – they are yum. Kind of like an jazzed up Anzac biscuit.

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Chewy Oat, Coconut and Sultana biscuits

what you need

  • 1 cup of self raising flour
  • 1 cup of oats
  • 3/4 cup of sultanas
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of all spice
  • 1/2 cup of caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup of moist coconut flakes (not sweetened)
  • 125g of melted butter
  • 1 egg lightly beaten

how to make it

  1. You will need: A large bowl and a wooden spoon
  2. Preheat oven to 190C or 170C fan. Line two baking trays with baking paper.
  3. Place dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well to combine.
  4. Make a well in the centre and add melted butter, egg and honey to dry ingredients. Mix well.
  5. Drop 1 heaped tablespoons of mixture onto prepared trays. Press lightly with the back of a fork. Bake for 10-12 mins until golden.
  6. Take out the biscuits and allow to cool.
  7. Cool on trays before storing in an airtight container.
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