Dairy & Refined Sugar-free Melting Moments

Back when I was in primary school, I had a friend whose mum made these amazing oaty biscuits that would perfectly melt in your mouth. She would decorate them with a dollop of icing and a single chocolate chip. I loved them!

I’ve since created my own recipe inspired by these, adding a few more chocolate chips and a little bit of fruit for a tad more flavour and texture. Mine also don’t feature any dairy or refined sugar, so in my opinion they’re a very healthy snack! Well, if you removed the icing and chocolate chips. I hope you enjoy them too!

Makes Twelve


  • 150g Coconut oilMelting Moments 01
  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup/ rice syrup (any natural syrup will work)
  • 1 egg
  • 1tsp Vanilla
  • 200g Self-raising flour
  • 4 Apricots (chopped into small pieces)
  • 30g Sultanas
  • 1tsp of Desiccated coconut
  • 20g Dried cranberries
  • 150g Oats

Topping (Optional)

  • 100g Icing sugar
  • One small bag of dark chocolate chips


  1. Pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark 5/190oC/375o Line two baking trays with parchment.
  2. Place the coconut oil into a microwavable bowl. Microwave for ~1-2 minutes, until the oil has melted.
  3. Add the syrup and oil to a large bowl, and mix together with a spoon.
  4. Crack the egg into a separate small bowl, and beat with a fork.
  5. Add the egg to the syrup and oil mixture. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Add the vanilla, and mix further.
  7. Melting Moments 03Sieve half of the flour into the mixture, and stir well with a wooden spoon.
  8. Add the dried fruit and coconut.
  9. Sieve in the remainder of the flour, and stir in well until the mixture forms a soft cookie-dough-like mixture.
  10. Sprinkle the oats onto a plate.
  11. Roll the dough into twelve equally sized balls and flatten slightly with your hand.
  12. Roll the twelve dough balls around in the oats, and place on the baking trays (around six on each tray).
  13. Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  14. Remove and allow to cool. They can be eaten now, but I love them with a little icing on top!Melting Moments 02
  15. Sieve the icing sugar into a bowl, and add 1tbsp of cold water. Mix together until a thick, sticky icing is formed that just runs off the spoon. If it appears too watery, try adding a little more icing sugar. If too thick, add a drop more water.
  16. Dollop 1tsp of icing onto each biscuit, and decorate with a few chocolate chips on top. Allow the icing to set.
  17. EAT!

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