Meal Plan 8 – Coconut Biscuits, 3p each, or 61p for a 24 biscuit batch
These are from meal plan 8. Use them whenever you need the calories.
200g self raising flour, value 1.5kg/45p, 6p
200g sugar, Asda 1kg/59p, 12p
100g vegetable oil, 1 litre/£1.25, 12p
80g creamed coconut, chopped up fine 200g/76p, 30p
for 24 biscuits from the batch, 3p each, 119 calories, 1g protein, 6g fat, 14g carb
for the whole batch, 61p, 2847 calories, 26g protein, 148g fat, 346g carbs
Heat the oven to 180C fan/ 200C/ 400F/ Gas Mark 6
Super simple, just tip all the ingredients into a bowl and mix well together. Now add 2-4 tblsps water to make a loose dough. Using your hands, scoop up a walnut sized piece of dough and roll it in your hands. While still in your hands, flatten slightly. Put it on a baking tray and repeat until all the mixture is used up. You will get about 24 biscuits, depending on how big you make them. Bake for 15 minutes or so, until golden.
I used 2 baking trays to put them on, well spaced apart as they spread out quite a lot. You could make half a batch at a time if you like. It will cost more to bake them, but they might last longer. Fresh baked goodies are unbelieveably moreish
These came out beautifully crisp, lovely and short, with a hint of coconut.
This recipe can be flexed literally hundreds of different ways. As well as the coconut, you could add a little vanilla extract. Add some dessicated coconut, or press it onto the outside of the biscuit before baking. Using value milk, white or plain chocolate, chop some up to make chips and add to the mix, amount varying on how chocolatey you want them. Swap out a big scoop of flour for cocoa to make rich chocolate biscuits. Add some lemon/lime/orange zest. Add smarties, jelly tots or m&m’s. Use some chopped preserved ginger, and/or ginger powder, use muscovado sugar, Demerara or jaggery. Add some cinnamon or mixed spice.
On a savoury vibe, add a couple of tblsps of tomato purée, or half a tsp each of turmeric, cumin and coriander, or any other combination of spice you want. Add some fine chopped chilli, and/or garlic. Or add some fennel seeds, sesame seeds or pumpkin seeds.
Drizzle the baked biscuits with icing, melted chocolate, or for the savoury ones, sweet chilli. Just before eating for the chilli, or they’ll go soft.
I’ve used oil here as we have nothing else available on Meal Plan 8, but that could be swapped for spread or butter, or even dripping from the joint for a deliciously different savoury biscuit. If you use a solid fat, you will need to add more liquid to get the dough.
And there are many, many other combinations. Have a look at what you’ve got in the cupboard and use your imagination and see what you can come up with.
Take care of your family and your budget
Before putting together the meal planners, Lesley surveyed what was needed. Of the existing 14 budget meal plans, most are cheap meals for 2 people so can be sized up or down. Others are cheap family meals for 4 people, or meals for one