Want a healthier sweet treat for Halloween? Try this Spooky Spelt Biscuits recipe

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If you're celebrating Halloween this year, you'll be well aware that it's a sugary event, as much as it is a dress-up event. How can we help kids enjoy the day and all that comes with it, but without us having to deal with their sugar crash?!

Mandy Sacher is a paediatric nutritionist and founder of Wholesome Child, a great resource for helping parents choose nutritious food for kids. This recipe for Spooky Spelt Biscuits (from Wholesome Child: A Complete Nutrition Guide and Cookbook) is her alternative to the processed sugar pumped sweets that we normally find on October 31!

Listen to Mandy on Kinderling Conversation:

Spooky Spelt Biscuits

Prep time: 30 mins
Cooking time: 10-15 mins
Makes: 30

Ingredients

  • ⅔ cup (100g) coconut sugar
  • 2 ½ cups (350g) wholemeal spelt flour
  • 2 tbs maple syrup (optional)
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • pinch of Himalayan rock salt
  • 1 ½ cups (225g) unsalted butter, cubed
  • 100g dark chocolate (>70%), melted

Tip: For a gluten-free version swap the spelt flour for 2 ¾ cups (365g) Wholesome Child gluten-free flour mix (1 cup millet flour/1 cup buckwheat flour/ ¾ cup arrowroot).

Equipment

  • High-speed food processor 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C and line two baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Place the coconut sugar in a high-speed food processor or blender and blend until it reaches a powdery consistency.
  3. Place all the ingredients (including the powdered coconut sugar) in a high-speed food processor and process until you reach a crumbly/doughy consistency.
  4. Press dough together and knead for a few mins, using your hands. Form a ball and refrigerate in an airtight container for half an hour to an hour.
  5. Take out of the fridge and roll dough out on a well-floured surface, using a rolling pin or place dough in between two sheets of baking paper and roll out to 0.5cm. Remove top baking sheet.
  6. Using a cookie cutter, cut shapes and place on lined baking trays. Bake for 10-15 mins.
  7. Remove from oven. The biscuits will be soft to touch so allow to cool before eating so they can harden up.
  8. Once biscuits have cooled, draw spooky faces or skeletons onto them, using a wooden skewer and melted chocolate.
  9. Place in the fridge until chocolate hardens, then store in an airtight container.
  10. Serve immediately. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks or freeze for up to four months.