Healthier Vegan Easter Biscuits With Purple Corn Flour & Yacon Powder
Easter just isn’t Easter somehow without Easter biscuits. I first starting making these traditional treats flavoured with mixed spice and currants when I was at school and have been making them ever since. This year I thought I’d change things up a bit so I’ve gone for these healthier vegan Easter biscuits with purple corn flour & yacon powder instead.
When I saw organic yacon powder available at Indigo Herbs, I was intrigued. We grow yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius) on our plot, but I’ve never come across it for sale in powder form before. It’s an amazing plant. CT has a particular fascination with the lost crops of the Incas and this is one of them. It’s a tall and majestic perennial in the daisy family and comes from the Andes in South America. It produces large edible white or purple tubers that are sweet and crisp. They can be cooked or eaten raw and taste a little bit like an apple. An alternative name for it is in fact, Peruvian ground apple.
Yacon has various health benefits, but is particularly well regarded as a sweetener by diabetics; the human body doesn’t digest the sugars meaning it has pretty much zero calories. It also has prebiotic benefits, improving gut health and aiding digestion. The powder is made from yacon juice and tastes slightly fruity and quite caramely. It’s not as sweet as sugar, but is sweet enough to replace it in many instances. For my vegan Easter biscuits, I used it to reduce the sugar quite considerably, but I didn’t omit it all together.
Indigo Herbs offers a huge range of interesting, healthy and high quality ingredients through their online store, most of which are organic. Their purple corn flour is also from Peru. Like any other corn flour, this can be used as a substitute or partial substitute for regular flour. It’s naturally gluten free. I used half of this mixed with half wholemeal spelt, so the gluten content of my vegan Easter biscuits is pretty low. Purple corn flour has higher antioxidant levels than blueberries. It’s said to boost the immune system and that regular consumption helps prevent diabetes and heart disease.
As a replacement for the traditional butter in these vegan Easter biscuits I used coconut oil and a little raw almond butter. Almond butter makes most things better I reckon. This one is organic as well as raw and it worked wonderfully in the goji berry bliss balls I made last month. I didn’t have any mixed spice, so I used a little garam masala and a grating of nutmeg which did the trick.
So, if you’re looking for a delicious crispy lightly spiced snack that’s healthier than most and only contains 33 calories per biscuit, why not try my healthier vegan Easter biscuits with purple corn flour & yacon powder?
- 80 g coconut oil softened
- 1 tbsp or 25g almond butter
- 40 g yacon powder
- 30 g golden caster sugar + 1 tsp for sprinkling I used cardamom sugar
- ¼ tsp garam masala or mixed spice
- grating of nutmeg I used one drop of nutmeg oil
- 100 g purple corn flour
- 100 g wholemeal spelt flour
- 50 g currants
- 5 tbsp water
Beat the coconut oil, almond butter, yacon powder, sugar and spices together until smooth and well combined.
Add the flour and currants and work in with a wooden spoon until you have a crumbly mixture.
Add the water and stir with a round-bladed knife until well combined.
Bring the mixture together with your hands to form a dough.
Roll out to 6mm thick and stamp out into 6cm rounds.
Bake in the middle of the oven at 180℃ for 10-12 minutes. Because of the colour, it's a bit difficult to tell when they are done, but they should still be purple rather than brown.
Sprinkle over the remaining sugar and leave to cook for a couple of minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
The dough is a little crumbly, but it rolls fine if you don't mind a few cracks. It has a lovely short texture when finished.
I’m sending these healthier vegan Easter biscuits off to Treat Petite with The Baking Explorer and Cakeyboi.
Other recipes for vegan Easter treats you might like
- Hot cross balls (gluten free) via Veggie Desserts
- Hot cross buns with marzipan via Green Gourmet Giraffe
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