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LEMON COCONUT BISCUITS

Updated: Jan 6



As the festive season gets underway, a frenzy of baking and eating begins. Baking sweets is a time honoured tradition in my family, with biscuits being a staple gift for friends and neighbours.


Unlike my European family however, we in Australia spend the Christmas season in blistering heat and often the traditional, heavy and warming festive foods can aggravate most body types. So I have developed an Ayurvedic sweet treat that is cooling and light in taste and digestion. The lemon, coconut and ghee found in these biscuits pacify the Pitta dosha that is often elevated in times of warm weather, eating incompatible foods and disruption to daily routines. Whats more, these biscuits are quick and easy to make in between gift wrapping and card writing!



WHAT YOU WILL NEED


Makes approximately 20


  • 2 cups plain whole wheat or gluten free flour (spelt flour works well too)

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda (bi-carb soda)

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened and organic desiccated coconut (plus extra for the top of each biscuit)

  • 1 cup coconut sugar or jaggery (unrefined cane sugar)

  • Finely grated rind of 1 organic and unwaxed lemon

  • 1 cup melted coconut oil

  • 5 tsp of coconut milk

  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence (alcohol free)

  • 2 tbs of flaxseed or LSA meal combined in 6 tbs of water (allow to sit for 5 minutes or so to combine and become gelatinous. This is an egg replacement. Alternatively, you can simply add 2 eggs to the recipe instead).



METHOD


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, coconut, lemon rind and sugar in a large bowl. Mix with a spoon or your hands until just combined.

  2. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in oil, milk, flaxseed mix/eggs and vanilla essence. Stir well to combine until dough begins to form. and then knead lightly in the bowl with your hands.

  3. To make the biscuits, take a dessert spoon of the mixture into your hands and roll into balls. Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper and press down gently with the back of a spoon or a fork to flatten slightly. Sprinkle some extra coconut onto each biscuit.

  4. Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.




DISCLAIMER The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the science of Ayurveda. If you have an acute or chronic health concern, please consult your chosen trained health care professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a qualified Ayurvedic Practitioner, contact The Sattva Centre directly - info@thesattvacentre.com

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