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Whole Grain Sweet Potato and Walnut Biscuits Cook Up Perfectly In Your Toaster Oven

April 16, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 207

I try to make everything a little healthier. I love good, old-fashioned biscuits with dinner, but I know anything loaded with refined white flour will never be a healthy option. I experimented with various 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 batter. This gives them a perfect, moist interior. They are flaky yet tender and make an excellent addition to almost any meal.

I also use a combination of whole grain flours to achieve the best biscuit. Whole 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 also added chopped walnuts to the batter, adding even more nutrition to these tasty biscuits. I cook these biscuits to 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.

Ingredients for a 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 brown sugar

1 tablespoon of baking powder

1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice

1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

1/4 cup of walnut oil, at room temperature

1/4 cup of cold butter

1 cup of cooked, mashed sweet potatoes

1/2 cup of heavy cream

1/4 cup of coarsely chopped walnuts

Directions

Heat your toaster oven to 375 degrees F.

Place the wheat and oat flours into the work bowl of your food processor fitted with a multi-purpose blade. Add the baking powder, sea salt, brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Process till well-combined.

Add the walnut oil and pulse 4 times. Chop the 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. 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 biscuit dough to a lightly floured surface. Roll to a one inch thickness. Cut with a two-inch round cutter. Place the biscuits onto a baking sheet and cook in your toaster oven till golden brown; this should take about 25 minutes.

Check out other great Toaster Oven Recipes designed to help you get the most out of this handy countertop appliance. You will find lots of healthy recipes including whole grain versions of your favorite baked goods.

Heather Krasovec, creator of http://best-toaster-oven-reviews.net/, uses her extensive experience in food based industries to help consumers make the best choices when stocking their kitchens.

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