To bake your own vegan biscuits is good on many fronts. First of all, they are biscuits! Secondly, you forgo plastic packaging. Thirdly, these biscuits won’t have palm oil, which harms the habitats of orangutans and other endangered species. All you need to bake your own biscuits is a few wholesome ingredients, a mixing bowl, a wooden spoon and an oven! Here are some simple affordable recipes to get you started. Jammy Vegan Biscuits (The Veg Space) are like a homemade jammy dodger. The biscuit dough shortbread is nice and crumbly, top with cherry jam.
Keep these biscuits away from pets, due to toxic ingredients like chocolate, dried fruits and nutmeg. Never give birds leftover cookies (or stale crusty bread, as it can choke). Also never give them fatty foods (can affect waterproofing/insulation of feathers).
Blood Orange Linzer Cookies (Short Girl, Tall Order) are cute and colourful, made with almond flour. Heart-shaped Linzer cookies are popular for Christmas, around the world.
Vegan Ginger Cookies (Crowded Kitchen) are made with vegan butter and spices, rolled in sugar. Crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside!
Fantastic Vegan Cookies shares 60 wonderful recipes for mouthwatering cookies/biscuits, in every flavour imaginable. From fruit-studded confections to no-bake delights, you’ll also find bar bakes and gooey chocolate treats. Recipes include:
- Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies
- Citrus Sandwich Cookies
- Cranberry Date Cookies
- Piña Colada Cookies
- Raspberry Cheesecake Cookies
- Oatmeal Choc Chip Cookies
- Cookie Butter Bars
Make Your Own Digestive Biscuits
Digestives or ‘hob nobs’ are one of England’s most popular biscuits, ideal for dunking in tea! However, most store-bought versions are made with animal ingredients and palm oil. Originally designed for health (with baking soda), here are some recipes to make your own. Vegan Digestive Biscuits (A Virtual Vegan) is a good base recipe, to start you off. Biona also has a good recipe.
Vegan Hobnob Biscuits (Delicious Magazine) are made with vegetable oil, and a thick chocolate topping over a wholesome oat base. Ideal fo
Make Your Own Jaffa Cakes
Not really a biscuit, but a popular cake nonetheless. These easy homemade vegan jaffa cakes (The Veg Space) are very simple, due to using ready-made vegan jelly pots. This recipe uses a combo of vegan dark and white milk chocolate, to make the authentic same taste.
Make Your Own Vegan Shortbread
Shortbread is a traditional Scottish biscuit, which often does the rounds at Christmas. Sold in tartan tins, the ingredients are not very good: white sugar, butter (probably from factory farms) and plain flour. Obviously it’s not meant to be health food, but it’s far tastier, healthier and kinder to make your own shortbread. Although there are some vegan shortbreads on sale, nearly all of them have palm oil (which harms orangutan habitats). Vegan Shortbread (The Veg Space) make two flavours of ‘buttery’ shortbread with one batch of dough. Choose from lemon poppyseed or macadamia choc chip (keep these away from pets, as poppyseeds, macadamia nuts and chocolate are all toxic to furry friends).
Vegan Toffee Apple Shortbread (Addicted to Dates) is much better for your teeth than toffee apples! This caramel slice is based on the popular millionaire shortbread, but this one is plant-based. The recipe condensed grated apple, cinnamon, palm-oil-free vegan butter and vegan condensed milk. A rich and sweet treat.