Sunday, 12 February 2012

Chocolate Digestive Biscuits

I never intended to post these biscuits.  They are  one of the plainest biscuits you can buy so why would you bother posting the recipe?  When you're in the supermarket and want to pick up an indulgent treat, you don't automatically think "I'd murder a packet of digestive biscuits".  Or when you're planning a dinner party, dessert is never a toss up between Chocolate Pudding and Digestive Biscuits.

But it was a wet Tuesday afternoon.  I was under pressure to keep some little people occupied, having gotten all we could possibly get out of painting, playdo, lego and hanging up wet clothes on a clothes horse (you can make an activity out of almost anything, just depends on how you pitch it to them!).  Anyway, I decided that a batch of semi healthy biscuits from a quick and simple recipe was needed.  I've made a few recipes from The Little Loaf website before and decided to go with this recipe that she posted some time ago.

Was so happy with these biscuits.  They taste exactly as you would expect Digestive Biscuits to taste but with a little bit more texture from the wholemeal flour.  I made this batch a little bit thicker than shop bought biscuits but they were still as crunchy as they should be.  They taste so good and are so simple to make that I thought it would be a shame not to let everyone know.  For something less indulgent than you're used to making, these are the biscuits to make.  Well done Little Loaf for coming up with this one.

Digestive Biscuits taken from The Little Loaf blog

100g oats
100g wholemeal flour
1 tsp baking powder
50g light soft brown sugar
Pinch salt
100g salted butter, softened & cubed
1-2 tbsp milk
50g milk chocolate (optional)
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Blitz the oats to a fine powder in a blender then mix in a large bowl with the wholemeal flour, baking powder, brown sugar and salt.
Add the butter and mix until crumbly. Add the milk and mix to form a smooth dough. Wrap in cling film and pop in fridge to firm up for about 15 minutes.
Remove your dough from the fridge and roll out to around 3mm thickness. It will be very crumbly so you’ll need to be very careful when rolling. Cut out circles of about 6mm diameter – I used a water glass to stamp out the shapes. Decorate with a pattern of your choice then bake in the middle of your oven for about 15 minutes.
When lightly golden but not too brown, remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.
Melt the chocolate in a bowl over simmering water.  Smooth over the biscuits when cool.
Store in an airtight container.  They will stay crunchy for up to a week.


  1. So glad you liked these. The chocolate version looks soo good :-)

  2. you might be able to buy them....but not with chocolate that thick! Yours are epic digestives!

  3. The Little Loaf: Thanks for coming up with this one in the first place.

    The Caked Crusader: Ha ha, chocolate so thick it looks as if it hasn't set.

    1. Blogger won't give me a comment form, arrrgh! So I'll just use reply---I lived in London for a year after college and came to adore those digestive biscuits, Can't find them here, so I am so excited that you posted this recipe. If anything, yours look even better!

  4. I love chocolate digestives, these look really great!

  5. Hello first time visiting :) I ABSOLUTELY LOVE digestive biscuits! i'm so so so glad you decided to post this recipe! I've saved this recipe and am going to make these ASAP :)

    Thanks for sharing!

    Happy Valentine's Day :D

  6. Sue / Clare: You won't be disappointed with these biscuits. The oats and whole meal flour practically make these a health food!!
    Daisy: Thanks for visiting. Please do call again!

  7. So many books with biscuit recipes in my colletion, but this has to be my latest favourite. Will do these, Claire. Love them :)

  8. Mmmmm these look so yummy!


  9. Never under estimate the humble digestive, I wouldn't have been able to finish my uni dissertation without my (massive) pack of chocolate digestives! These look absolutely delicious!

  10. Oh, not boring at all Claire. They look so good and so much better than any packet you could buy.

  11. Colette: So easy too, great recipe to do with kids.

    Maria: My new favourite biscuit (it changes on an almost daily basis!)

    Jo / Choclette: Since making these, I don't think they're boring at all. A plain biscuit made so much better.

  12. Brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing. I'll have to make my own now :) Love the thick slab of chocolate on top :)

  13. They look great! I love the idea of making my own digestives, and adding the type of chocolate I love to them (dark, bitter!) would make them even better. Mmmm

  14. Thank you. I'm making these right now and hoping that over time I can omit the butter and sugar with something else to suit my healthier lifestyle. But your blog on these is great and very helpful! - for my recipes on healthy recipes :)