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Vegan Easter Biscuits – Purple and Healthier Than Most

Healthier Vegan Easter Biscuits

Crisp delicious vegan Easter biscuits with a difference. These are a lot healthier than your average Easter bake, but still so good. They’re lightly spiced, low in sugar, purple and packed full of nutrients. Why would you say no?

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 I’ve 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 and 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.

Healthier Vegan Easter Biscuits

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

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, you can use it as a substitute or partial substitute for regular flour. It’s naturally gluten free.

Yacon Powder & Purple Corn Flour

Vegan Easter Biscuits

I used half purple corn flour and 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.

Healthier Vegan Easter Biscuits

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 and yacon powder?

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Healthier Vegan Easter Biscuits With Purple Corn Flour & Yacon Powder

Crisp delicious Easter biscuits with a difference. These are lightly spiced, low in sugar, purple, packed full of nutrients and vegan.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: biscuits, cookies, currants, Easter, healthy, purple corn flour, yacon
Servings: 26 biscuits
Calories: 69kcal


  • 80 g coconut oil softened
  • 1 tbsp (25g) almond butter
  • 40 g yacon powder
  • 30 g golden caster sugar + 1 tsp for sprinkling I used cardamom sugar
  • ¼ tsp mixed spice or garam masala
  • 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 a preheated oven at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4) 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 cool 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.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on exact ingredients used.


Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg


I’m sending these healthier vegan Easter biscuits off to Treat Petite with The Baking Explorer and Cakeyboi.

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Indigo Herbs. I was not expected to write a positive review and all opinions are, as always, my own. Thanks to my readers for supporting the brands and organisations that help to keep Tin and Thyme blithe and blogging.


  1. Katie Bryson

    4th April 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Wow how cool are these? I love hearing about ingredients like this and am impressed with how low calorie the cookies are too – hurrah!

    • Choclette

      4th April 2017 at 4:46 pm

      The trick is not to go and eat double the quantity – oops!

  2. Mel |

    4th April 2017 at 8:33 pm

    They look lovely and are such a pretty colour. I had never heard of yacon powder until now but I’m going to find some. I love that it has zero calories and is so healthy. Your mix of flavours here is gorgeous. Garam masala in cookies is something I have never seen. I really want to try them. I need to find some yacon powder quick!

    • Choclette

      4th April 2017 at 8:58 pm

      Hehe, I like to surprise. Yacon is well worth searching out. You can get it as a syrup too, though I’ve never tried it.

  3. Pretty

    5th April 2017 at 8:23 am

    wow I have never heard of organic yacon powder before, I will have to get some for my dad as he is diabetic! Love that you keep introducing us to new ingredients.

    • Choclette

      6th April 2017 at 8:48 am

      Thanks Pretty. Yacon is a particularly good sweetener, as I understand it, because it’s good for gut health as well.

  4. Claire @foodiequine

    5th April 2017 at 9:10 am

    What an amazing colour! I did initially wonder if they were an April Fool made of Play-Doh.

    • Choclette

      6th April 2017 at 8:49 am

      Hahaha, now that really would be a bit weird and very cruel to CT.

  5. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    5th April 2017 at 9:56 am

    Cool! I have never had or seen blue corn flour over here..wish I could taste some of your cookies. They look really inviting with that creamy purple colour.

    • Choclette

      6th April 2017 at 8:51 am

      Thanks Angie. It’s a fun colour for a biscuit, but they taste really good too and I’m always happier eating sweet treats if I know I’m getting some good nutrients from them.

  6. Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet

    5th April 2017 at 11:40 am

    You come across and use such unusual ingredients in your recipes. Love it!

    • Choclette

      6th April 2017 at 8:52 am

      Thanks Michelle. A wide variety of good ingredients is the spice of life – maybe!

  7. Nico @ yumsome

    5th April 2017 at 4:31 pm

    I’ve used yacon powder in smoothies but I’ve never thought to bake with it – what a great idea!

    Years ago, one time when I moved to a new house, I was given some purple corn kernels by a native American friend of a friend. Apparently, among her tribe it was customary to give corn as a moving gift. I grew so much corn from those few seeds; some came out completely purple, and some were a mix of jewel colours. All were utterly delicious. My next door neighbour, who had never seen corn growing before, was convinced I was growing illegal drugs! Ha ha!

    I love the colour of your cookies, and that they are spicy. Definitely my kind of treat!

    • Choclette

      6th April 2017 at 8:55 am

      I’ve not tried yacon powder in smoothies, but now you come to mention it, I really should try a yacon tuber – can’t believe I’ve not thought of that before!

      Lovely story about your corn. We’ve grown purple corn in the past too. Would love to do so again.

  8. Kat (The Baking Explorer)

    5th April 2017 at 10:08 pm

    I’ve never heard of yacon before, I love the purple hue of these biscuits! Thanks for linking up to #TreatPetite

    • Choclette

      6th April 2017 at 8:56 am

      Living with CT, I’ve become used to all sorts of weird and wonderful ingredients. Some of which have subsequently become quite popular.

  9. Lubka Henry

    6th April 2017 at 12:10 pm

    These cookies look pretty amazing. I love the purple hue as well :))

    • Choclette

      6th April 2017 at 2:48 pm

      Thanks Lubka. These purple cookies are nutritious as well as delicious 🙂

  10. Erica Price

    6th April 2017 at 4:24 pm

    The purple flour makes the biscuits look so pretty – I am intrigued by the idea of yacon powder.

    • Choclette

      6th April 2017 at 8:57 pm

      I’m feeling like I need a lot more purple flour in my life and yacon powder too 🙂

  11. Janice

    6th April 2017 at 9:18 pm

    These are so clever, I would never have guessed what made them purple. Happy Easter.

    • Choclette

      7th April 2017 at 8:12 am

      Thanks Janice. It’s a cool kind of flour to use. Happy Easter to you too.

  12. Kavey at Kavey Eats

    7th April 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Never used yacon powder but have used the syrup form. We grew yacon ourselves in the allotment a couple of years ago but an lot of cost / effort for so few tubers. Subtle but tasty, at least. Love that purple corn powder too!

    • Choclette

      8th April 2017 at 8:47 am

      We keep our yacon in a perennial patch, so find the effort very small. But it’s one of CT’s crops, so I don’t really have much to do with it.

  13. Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe

    10th April 2017 at 12:52 pm

    These bikkies look delicious and intriguing. I had never heard of yacon powder but am interested in it and in your plant in your garden. I still have some (very expensive) yacon syrup in my pantry – it is a bit like treacle in a healthy sort of way. I love the purple colour of the biscuits too – because easter is about colour as well as sweet treats

    • Choclette

      10th April 2017 at 3:43 pm

      This yacon powder was the first commercial yacon product I’ve come across. We’ve been growing them for year, but don’t harvest them nearly as often as we should. Healthy treacle does sound rather good. I love making bakes colourful whenever I can do it naturally, so this corn flour is just brilliant. I wish you and yours a very colourful Easter.

  14. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    11th April 2017 at 12:17 pm

    I love discovering new flours and ingredients. These two sound amazing! I will have to look out for them….. x

    • Choclette

      11th April 2017 at 4:48 pm

      The purple corn flour would be excellent of you to have a play around with Kate as it’s naturally gluten free.

  15. Cat | Curly's Cooking

    6th March 2020 at 5:53 pm

    These are such a lovely colour. The flavours sound so tasty.

    • Choclette

      6th March 2020 at 6:16 pm

      Not quite the colour you expect in a biscuit, but I like to surprise people.


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