Updated: Jun 5
As the festive season gets underway, a frenzy of baking and eating begins. Baking sweets is 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 invented 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 flour (spelt flour works well too)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda (bi-carb soda)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cup unsweetened and organic desiccated coconut
1 cup coconut sugar or jaggery (unrefined cane sugar)
The finely grated rind of 1 organic and unwaxed lemon
1 cup melted ghee or coconut oil
5 teaspoons of coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence
2 tablespoons of flaxseed or LSA meal combined in 6 tablespoons of water
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.
Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in ghee, milk, eggs/flaxseed mix and vanilla essence. Stir well to combine until dough begins to form. and then knead lightly in the bowl with your hands.
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.
Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful, happy start to the New Year.
With light and love,