There is nothing wrong with occasional treats like this in any diet. The Dietitians Association of Australian recommends against sugar-free diets and in fact says that sugar should comprise 10% of your daily energy needs!
- 125gm/1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- ½ tsp vanilla extract or Cointreau (!)
- 1/2 – 1 cup white rice flour (depending on how wet the mixture is – I used 1 cup)
- ½ cup brown rice flour
- ½ cup tapioca flour
- 3 tsp gluten free baking powder (baking powder results in a more tender biscuit)
- 1 tsp Xanthan gum (this gives a cakey soft inside)
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 cocoa (cocoa in large quantities is a FODMAP so leave out if chocolate is a problem for you)
- 3/4 cup dark chocolate drops
You can replace 1/2 cup of the brown rice flour with an equal quantity of tapioca flour for an even softer texture.
Heat oven to 180°C/350°F. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat again until well incorporated. Add the vanilla or Cointreau and mix in.
Sift all the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Thoroughly mix the wet ingredients with the dry until a stiff dough forms. Add the chocolate drops and mix in.
Line two baking trays with baking paper. Roll the mixture into balls about the size of a ping pong ball and place on the trays. These biscuits do not spread much, so flatten them to the size that you want your finished biscuits to be.
Bake for 10 – 12 minutes. Cool on the trays for a few minutes until they harden, and then on a wire rack until they cool completely. Store in an air-tight container for up to a week (if they last that long!!)
Recipe adapted from Suzanne Perazzini – www.strandsofmylife.com