This recipe was inspired by the amazing Jamie Oliver's instagram. He's my man crush! Ha! Don't worry, Walker doesn't mind. If you've watched any of his shows or cooking videos and you're a foodie you'll know what I mean. His videos ALWAYS inspire me in the kitchen. Anyhoo, back to these cookies, which are awesome!
I have bought PC Organic Chocolate Dipped Digestive Cookies many times so I figured it was time I just made my own from the best ingredients possible. My cookies are made with high-quality whole ingredients and they taste waaaaay more delicious than anything store-bought. Most importantly, they actually taste like digestive cookies.
What makes them healthy and whole, is the flour I used -- red fife!
Red fife flour is considered a heritage grain in Canada, basically that means it's been around for a while.
And yes, if you are buying stone-ground it is most certainly far more nutritious than your run-of-the-mill (pun intended) whole-wheat flour which I rarely use.
Stone grinding is a much gentler way to process grains and it keeps more of the nutrients intact. The B vitamins, vitamin E, fatty acids, fiber and various phytonutrients are still there, unlike conventionally processed wheat.
No it's not gluten-free but remember, not everything that contains gluten is evil.
However, red fife has less gluten than other wheat varieties. If you don't have red fife flour, my second choice would be spelt flour.
You can even dip these cookies in melted chocolate like I did ... if you like.
Or you can drizzle them with chocolate!
Drizzle or dip, it doesn't matter, but the extra step to make the chocolate is sooooo worth it!
Before I get to this recipe I must tell you how digestive cookies got their name! I had to research this because I was really curious myself. Apparently, the digestive cookie was first developed in 1839 by two Scottish doctors to aid digestion.
The term "digestive" is derived from the belief that they had antacid properties due to the use of sodium bicarbonate when they were first developed. Which is actually rather silly. The quantity of baking soda in these cookies will have ZERO affect on your stomach acid. But we will leave the name as is... Here's my recipe for healthy digestive cookies!
*If you don't have red fife flour you could also use organic spelt or kamut flour.
Makes 18-20 cookies.
As mentioned in the recipe, I recommend you roll them into balls and then flatten them. What I didn't mention in the recipe was that I used this pretty cookie cutter. I picked it up from William's Sonoma. I've been meaning to buy cookie cutters forever! These are the "fluted biscuit" cookie cutters.
I highly recommend you enjoy these cookies with a cup of JOYOUS tea or better yet, make them for your mama and have tea with her on Mother's Day or any day for that matter. I had a lot of fun dipping and drizzling these cookies with chocolate. Walker may have licked the bowl.
Walker shoots all my photos for Joyous Health and we had so much fun with this post. These cookies were so photogenic we had too many photos to choose from - that's good problem to have!
I hope you make these for someone special. I truly believe cooking for others is one of the nicest ways to show your love. And before I go, I know you're probably wondering how to make these gluten-free. I think the best sub would be buckwheat flour. Do let me know if you try them with buckwheat (despite "wheat" being in the name, they are gluten-free).
Thanks for stopping by. Happy early mama's day!