Here is another great, unique recipe from our editor's personal collection. She brought these to the office one day and everyone loved them. We knew we had to get her to share them on the site. Luckily, she agreed. You absolutely must try these biscuits. You won't believe how delicious they are without trying them!
I try to make food that is delicious and healthy. I love good, old-fashioned biscuits with dinner, but I know anything loaded with refined white flour will never be a good choice for my health. I have tried many whole grain biscuits but the texture was always too dense or too dry. I found a perfect solution: I add mashed sweet potatoes to the biscuit batter. This gives them a perfect, moist interior. They are flaky yet tender and make an excellent addition to almost any meal. The flavor of the sweet potatoes is amazing and makes these biscuits taste even better than their unhealthy counterparts.
I use a combination of whole grain flours to achieve the best healthy biscuit. Whole grain wheat flour is strong and offers structure to the biscuits, but it can be dense and dry. I temper that with a softer whole grain flour. Oat flour is very soft and adds a lot of tenderness. Why don't I use all whole grain oat flour? It is too soft and the biscuits would just fall apart. Baking, just like life, is about balance.
I made another healthy change to these biscuits. I swapped out half of the butter for walnut oil, which is loaded with heart-healthy omega 3s. I have tried using only the walnut oil, but the biscuits were not quite as good. Again, balance is key here. I also added chopped walnuts to the batter, adding even more nutrition to these tasty biscuits. I cook these sweet potato biscuits in my toaster oven because the close proximity of the heating elements browns them beautifully.
I actually make a double batch of these biscuits at a time and freeze them wrapped in wax paper. I then thaw what I need and bake off a few at a time as needed. The quality is still top-notch if they are used within 2 months. You can bake them from a frozen state, but you will need to add a few minutes to the baking time.
Ingredients for one Dozen Sweet Potato and Walnut Biscuits
1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
1 cup of whole grain oat flour
1/4 cup of coconut sugar (this is the dried, granulated nectar from coconut flowers. It is delicious and better for you than standard cane or beet sugars)
1 tablespoon of aluminum-free baking powder (you can taste the difference, even if you are ok with the health implications of consuming aluminum)
1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice (or a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger)
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
1/4 cup of walnut oil, at room temperature
1/4 cup of cold unsalted butter
1 cup of cooked, mashed sweet potatoes (one large sweet potato ought to do it)
1/2 cup of heavy cream
1/4 cup of coarsely chopped walnuts
Heat your toaster oven to 375 degrees F.
Place the whole grain wheat and whole grain oat flours into the work bowl of your food processor fitted with a multi-purpose blade. Add the aluminum-free baking powder, sea salt, brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Process till well-combined. This will also aerate the ingredients, which takes the place of old-fashioned sifting.
Add the walnut oil and pulse 4 times. Cut the unsalted butter into 1/4 inch cubes and add to the work bowl. Pulse until the butter chunks are the size of small peas.
Combine the sweet potato, heavy cream and chopped walnuts in a large mixing bowl. Mix well. You can do this in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, if you are lucky enough to own a stand mixer. Add the flour mix to this and stir as little as possible to get the batter to come together. Too much mixing will result in a tough biscuit.
Move the sweet potato biscuit dough to a lightly floured surface. Roll it to a one inch thickness. Cut out biscuits with a two-inch round cutter. Place the sweet potato biscuits onto a baking sheet and cook in your toaster oven till golden brown; this should take about 25 minutes.
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