Heart healthy oat and ginger biscuit

Be good to your heart with these moreish oat and ginger biscuits.

World Heart Day was marked at the end of September highlighting the importance of a healthy lifestyle and yesterday, World Obesity Day brought home the fact that we live in a society where fast food and junk food is creating a generation of obese children and killing millions of people in general every year (see page 5).

Aside from fatty and cholestrol-laden foods, many people are addicted to sugar which leads to diabetes, which also contributes to heart attacks and other serious or fatal illnesses.

But you can eat tempting food that is healthy and contributes to your well-being.

These biscuits combine goodness with sweet temptation.

Oats, honey and ginger biscuits

1 cup brown flour

1 cup oats

1 tbs baking powder

2 tbs honey

1/2 cup butter or margarine

1/2 cup milk

2 tsp fresh grated ginger

Method

Sift together the flour, baking powder, ginger and salt and cut in the shortening with a fork or pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Pour the milk and honey into the flour mixture while stirring with a fork until the dough is soft, moist and pulls away from the side of the bowl.

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and toss with flour until it’s no longer sticky.

Roll the dough into a one and a half cm sheet and cut with a cookie cutter. Press the unused dough out again into a sheet and repeat until all the dough is used.

Place the biscuits on a lightly greased flat baking pan and bake in a 180 deg C pre-heated oven for about 10 minutes or until browned.

Serve with your favourite brew of coffee or tea.

The ginger can be substituted for chopped cranberries and you can vary the recipe by adding raw, chopped nuts or sunflower seeds.