Having three little girls ages five to newborn is very tiring. My calories and time have to count. To get a bit of a recharge I bake a batch of biscotti. It’s not as labor intensive as one may think. I remember being quite intimidated by biscotti recipes in the past, but after making it the first time, I realized how simple the process actually is. Just over 100 calories a piece, I get a good dose of healthy ingredients that come together in a tasty way.
It’s nice to briefly indulge in my hobby of baking and reap the reward of a healthy snack once it’s complete. It’s a small boost that helps get me through my day of mom duties.
via Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2001
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup chopped dates
- 1/4 wheat bran or wheat germ
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flour and next 7 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine oil, extracts, and eggs; add to flour mixture, stirring until well blended (dough will be dry and crumbly).
- Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead lightly 7 to 8 times. Divide dough in half. Shape each portion into an 8 inch long roll. Place rolls 6 inches apart on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; flatten each roll to a 1 inch thickness.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove rolls from baking sheet; cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Reduce temperature to 325 degrees. Cut each roll diagonally into 15 (1/2 inch) slices. Place slices cut side down on baking sheet. Bake 8 minutes. Turn cookies over, and bake an additional 8 minutes (cookies will be slightly soft in center but will harden as they cool). Remove from baking sheet; cool completely on wire rack.
Try it out and leave us a comment on how it turned out! We’d love to hear your feedback, InshaAllah.