A delicious combination of oats and wheat flour, smothered in dark chocolate! This recipe is my take on healthy chocolate digestive biscuits. These biscuits are delicious on their own, but are also perfect with a cup of tea! They are the latest in my series of healthier dessert recipes.
Who doesn’t love to dunk a digestive biscuit in a delicious mug of tea? Or dip some in warm glass of homemade oat milk? I’m definitely love to do both! And I’m sure some of you must do too.
I have to say, I’m definitely guilty of digging into a pack of biscuits thinking ‘just one more’…. repeatedly. With this recipe for healthier digestive biscuits, I feel slightly less guilty when going in for an extra biscuit.
That’s not to say this oat cookie recipe is sugar-free or anything. But I’ve made some healthy ingredient swaps and reduced the sugar to make it a healthier snack option.
In fact, feel free to add even less sugar into this recipe if you want to. I’ve found that 1/3 cup (5 tbsp) is really the perfect amount for the best taste. But, if you want to add even less sugar, I’d suggest around 3tbsp. Luckily, the dark chocolate will still add a rich and bitter sweetness so there is leeway with the sugar content in these biscuits. Of course, feel free to use whatever type of chocolate you like, whether that’s white or milk chocolate too.
Alternatively, you can choose to use unsweetened dark chocolate for reduces sugar too! Unsweetened chocolate is usually just the cocoa butter, sometimes having vanilla powder added or alternative sweeteners. However, I prefer completely sweetener-free, when going for that option.
Oh and, although it’s not necessary, I actually used my own homemade oat milk for this recipe too! Which is ridiculously simple to make! Simply blend your oats till a fine flour is formed – Voila!
How to Make these Healthier Digestive Biscuits
I love baking cookies, and with such an easy recipe, I’m sure you will too! Just mix up the dry and wet ingredients, roll the dough, cut the cookies out, bake and then decorate! It’s really that simple.
Start by preheating the oven to 170C. In a mixing bowl, begin by adding all the dry ingredients and combining thoroughly. This step can also be done in a food processor if you prefer.
Next, add room temperature butter to the dry ingredients and gradually pour in the oat milk.
Rub the butter and knead the mixture until a non-sticky dough is formed.
The easiest way to roll the dough out is to place it between two layers of non-stick parchment paper. After doing this, it’s easy to roll out to your desired thickness. Alternatively, you could roll it out on a floured surface.
To cut the biscuits out, you can use a glass or cookie cutter. In my case, I used a normal digestive biscuit as reference for the size and thickness.
Arrange the biscuit circles on some baking trays and bake in the oven for around 15 minutes until cooked, or longer if wanting your oat cookies to be more ‘digestive brown’ in colour.
Once cooled, simply melt the dark chocolate (this can be done over a bowl of boiling water or in the microwave, in short intervals) and spread over the biscuits. Use a fork to create the iconic Digestive chocolate pattern.
These can then be kept in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Well, if you manage to avoid eating them for that long! – They certainly disappear quicker than that in my apartment.
Oh and if you’re wanting an even healthier option, feel free to use unsweetened dark chocolate.
Other Healthier Dessert Recipes you might like
If you’ve followed my blog or a while then you’ll know that I love to make healthier versions of my favourite candy/dessert/chocolate bars. If you’re wanting to give any recipes a go, then check out my Vegan Magnum ice-creams or Vegan chocolate peanut butter cups.
Alternatively, I’ve worked hard at making healthier, Vegan versions of some of my favourite chocolate bars. Including a healthier Bounty, Snickers & Twix. Let me know what healthy snack/ candy alternative you’d like me to tackle next, in the comments!
And remember, as always, I’d love to see your recreations. You can tag me in all your recreations @AlphaFoodie.
Healthier Digestive Style Biscuits
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1.5 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 100 grams butter
- 100 grams dark chocolate
- 1/4 cup oat milk add more if the dough is dry – I used homemade oat milk (recipe linked in blog post above)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 170ºC/350ºF.
- Begin by mixing all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add the butter and mix and then gradually pour in the oat milk and thoroughly combine, till a non-sticky dough is formed.
- Place the dough between two layers of non-stick parchment paper and roll out to digestive biscuit thickness.
- Using a glass or cookie cutter, cut the dough into individual cookies and then lay out on your baking sheet/s.
- Bake in the oven for around 15 minutes. If you’d prefer your cookies to have a bit more crunch and brown colour then you can leave them in for slightly longer.
- Switch off the oven and let the biscuits cool down completely.
- Melt the chocolate (either over a bowl on boiling water or in short spurts in the microwave) and spread over the biscuits using a fork to create the iconic pattern.