Who's afraid of the cookie monster?

Nutrition team

Snacks are the downfall of many a healthy eater. Whether you’re feeling peckish in the afternoon or want something to munch during the movie, the lure of the cookie jar can sometimes become too strong.

If you’re like us and occasionally Must Have Chocolate, go for a Milky Way, finger of Fudge or a small Kit-Kat, not the family-sized bar of dairy milk. Reduced fat crisps are definitely a better option than a whole tube of Pringles and you can have some (reduced fat) cake and eat it.

If you really want to beat the cookie monster at his own game try these low cal cookies – with less than 50 calories per biscuit, you don’t have to miss out…

Coconut cherry cookies

150g self raising flour
75g butter or margarine, cut into cubes
50g golden caster sugar
50g dessicated coconut
30g glace cherries, finely chopped
1 medium size egg, beaten
A little semi-skimmed milk

Preheat the oven to 180 C. Sieve the flour into a mixing bowl and rub in the butter or margarine until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the sugar, coconut and cherries followed by enough egg to make a stiff dough, reserving a little for glazing.

Add a spoonful or 2 of milk at this stage, if necessary. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to a thickness of ½ cm, then cut into circles using a pastry cutter, small cup, or whatever you have to hand.

Place on a floured baking tray, brush lightly with the remaining beaten egg and sprinkle with the a little more sugar. Place in the oven and cook for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool on a wire tray.

Try replacing the cherries with chocolate chips, nuts or finely chopped dried fruit for a bit of variation. Remember, though, that this will effect the calorie content.

Makes 36 biscuits. Nutritional information: 46 calories and 2.7g fat per biscuit.

Start a diet plan at tescodiets.com

Thanks to tescodiets.com who have provided this article.