These super simple sugar free oat biscuits are so quick and easy to make and are healthier and kinder on blood sugar levels. They make a great snack and are totally versatile so you can get as creative as you like in the kitchen!
You only need 6 ingredients for these sugar-free oat biscuits and you can make them all in one bowl. So in under 20 minutes, you can enjoy a nutritious and healthy sweet biscuit.
These oat biscuits make the perfect snack any time of the day and are great to take with you when you are on the go as they are a little sturdier than my QUICK ALMOND BISCUITS and a little lighter than my EASY SUGAR FREE FLAPJACKS. But even better this recipe is so versatile that you could add any extras in before baking, like dried or fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, and different flavours, the choices are endless. Read on for some of my favourite additions and suggestions.
Are Oat Biscuits Healthy?
Oat Biscuits can be a healthier choice in comparison to some of the biscuits that are readily available in the shops. Not only do oat biscuits have a higher fibre content but they also have the added benefit of extra vitamins and minerals. And this biscuit recipe in particular doesn’t contain any added sugar which again makes them a healthier option to help reduce blood sugar spikes.
Why you should try this sugar free oat biscuit recipe
Quick and Easy – Firstly you can’t argue with a biscuit recipe that only takes 20 minutes to make and bake! You only need 6 ingredients, they can be made all in one bowl and you are left with a delicious tasty snack.
Super satisfying – Oat biscuits are super satisfying as they are nutrient-rich and full of fibre. This will help you to feel fuller for longer as well as being a tasty way to get some more good stuff into your diet.
Kinder on blood sugar levels – The combination of the low glycaemic index oats, fat from the butter and ingredients also provide a healthy source of fats which work alongside the fibrous oats to slow the release of glucose which we have found helps to make these sweet treats kinder on blood sugar levels.
Oats vs Oatmeal
Basically, Oats and oatmeal are the same things but we just use different words to describe them. Here are some other terms you may be familiar with:
- Porridge oats
- Rolled oats
- Jumbo oats
- Instant oats (the most highly processed version of oats)
Oats start off as oat groats which essentially are the wholegrain. They are the kernels of oats that have had minimal processing. However, we are probably more used to seeing the oat flakes which are essentially the result of the groats being milled and rolled.
Are oatmeal cookies OK for diabetics?
Oats have a low glycemic index which can be a really good choice for blood sugar management. Being a low GI whole grain means that your body will be slower in turning the carbohydrate to glucose resulting in a more delayed and potentially smaller rise in blood sugar levels. Another reason why we are big fans of them!
This Oat biscuit recipe goes even further though by replacing the usual sugar with a sugar alternative, xylitol. Xylitol is my sweetener of choice due to its low glycaemic index, it doesn’t have a strange taste profile and it doesn’t cause a rise in blood sugar levels. You can read more about different sugar substitutes in the article below.
The world of sugar substitutes and type 1 diabetes can be confusing. This guide explores substitutes in the UK and diabetes management
Nevertheless, I know what works for us may not be the same for you and I understand that everyone has a unique experience with oats and blood sugar levels. I would never say never and encourage you to give oats a go (maybe again). Through trial and error, having a clear view of levels and patterns thanks to a CGM and learning some different bolus strategies, we have found oats to be a really helpful addition to our daughter’s diet.
What you need to make sugar free Oat Biscuits
- High in saturated fat but it adds that delicious buttery taste to the oat biscuits
- You could also use coconut oil if you prefer
- Sugar Replacement
- Jumbo Oats
- A gluten-free whole grain
- Oats are such a magnificent superfood; they are wholegrain, a great carbohydrate source, and full of fibre, essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
- Oat flour
- A great source of dietary fibre and is higher in protein and healthy fat than most other grains. It also boasts a rich nutritional profile
- You can find a list of my recommended products that I use on my shop page!
- Baking powder
- A key ingredient to help add a little lightness to the biscuits
- Ground Mixed Spice
- Adss a warm sweet flavour
- Dark chocolate (optional)
- Try and use chocolate that has a cocoa content of 70% or above as this really makes the difference with the overall carb count
- The higher the cocoa content the lower the sugar
How to make sugar free oat biscuits
I played around with a few methods for these biscuits and had a few disasters. But inspired by how I make flapjacks, this was definitely the method that was by far the easiest and quickest to make these tasty biscuits.
Start by preheating the oven to 180 C fan / 200 C and in a saucepan melt the butter and xylitol on a low heat. Make sure that it doesn’t boil or burn so gently stir occasionally.
Once the butter and sugar are melted, simply add in the oats, oat flour, baking powder and mixed spice. Mix everything together until you have a soft dough-like mixture that holds together. If it is still very wet just leave it for a couple of minutes as it will soon firm up as the oats absorb the liquid.
Using a round tablespoon (I use the rounded end of the tbsp measuring spoon ), scoop a heaped spoon of mixture and place it on a parchment-lined baking tray, leaving plenty of space between the balls. Do this another 11 times
Finally, flatten the balls with your fingertips to make a thick round biscuit shape and place them in the oven to bake for 12- 15 minutes. They should have a slight golden colour.
Leave the biscuits to cool for 10 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.
How to store your oat biscuits
Once completely cooled, store them in an airtight container or a biscuit tin. They will keep happily for a week like this.
But if you want them to last even longer then you can also store them in an airtight container that is kept in the fridge.
Variations of sugar free oat biscuits to try
As I mentioned this is a very versatile recipe and you could easily add different flavours and ingredients to the biscuit dough before baking.
Here are a few suggestions you could try:
Raisins or Sultanas
Chopped Apricots or Dates
Swap the mixed spice for
Ground or Fresh Ginger
Zest of Lemon or Orange
The possibilities are endless so have some fun a get creative. But please let me know what you try in the comments below!
If you liked this recipe, then take a look at these other delicious and nutritious recipes that are blood sugar-friendly and beneficial for managing diabetes
Oats are a real superfood in my eyes, full of vitamins, minerals and fibre. They are fantastic as a slow-release carb snack that potentially can reduce blood sugar spikes.
These biscuits are quite easy to carb count and if you want to be super accurate then weigh your dough balls before you put them on the baking tray to ensure an even amount.
The overall carb count for each individual biscuit (no chocolate) is based on the ingredients we would count for is:
160g of Jumbo Oats (Sainsbury’s) = 112g of carbs
100g of Oat Flour (Wholefoods Online) = 59 g of carbs
Now add all the carbs together – 112+59 = 171g of carbs
Finally divide this by the serving size, 12 – 171/12 = 14g of carb per biscuit
If you add any melted chocolate as I did in the pictures then you would have to add that on to the overall carb count.
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